Heather Duckworth with a two-run double against Georgia Tech
Honors -All-MVC Second Team (2013)
-Missouri State Athletic Director's Honor Roll
-MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (2013)
-MVC Honor Roll (2012, 2011)
-MVC All-Tournament Team (2011)
At Missouri State
Duckworth is a returning all-conference pick that will be relied upon to hold down the hot corner and continue to provide a consistent plate presence.
Duckworth earned her first league honor as she was named to the All-MVC second team ... she started all 48 games in which she played ... improved her batting average to .292 while setting career-bests with a .415 slugging percentage and a .382 on-base percentage ... slammed three home runs, fourth-most on the team ... drew 18 free passes, nine of which came in league play, second on the team ... her seven-game hitting streak from February 10-22 tied for the second-longest on the season ... drove in a career-high four runs at league foe Illinois State (April 6), one of her seven multi-RBI games on the year ... had three-hit outings on three occasions, versus Iowa State (Feb. 16), against UNI (March 16) and at Illinois State (April 6) ... she was successful at advancing runners at a clip of .579 (44 of 76) the seventh-best percentage among MVC players.
Duckworth led the Bears in extra-base hits in 2012 with 13 ... her 11 doubles were tied for sixth in the Valley ... legged out the Bears' lone triple of the season against South Dakota State (Feb. 19) ... her 101 assists were the 10th-most in the league ... doubled her runs scored (14) and walks (12) from her freshman season ... had a pair of three-RBI games against UMKC and Bradley on April 3 and 6, respectively ... drove in the first run of the Bears' three-run first inning in the opening-game victory over Bradley in the MVC Tournament (May 10) ... had a season-best five-game hitting streak from March 24-27 ... compiled nine multi-hit games ... clubbed her home run against Tulsa at Killian Stadium (April 11).
Duckworth played in 46 of the Bears' 55 games in her first season at MSU ... started 34 games, 28 starts were at third base ... named to the MVC All-Tournament team ... her seven doubles were tied for the team lead (Christa Gammon) ... went 2-for-6 at the plate with the bases loaded ... launched her first career home run at No. 13 Texas on the first day of the season (Feb. 18) ... batted .250 with four RBIs during the MVC Tournament ... committed just one error in 98 chances.
A four-sport athlete, as well as team mascot at North Mesquite High School, Duckworth was a three-time all-district performer as a corner infielder ... as a junior, she was named Texas 11-5A District Offensive Player of the Year after earning a co-defensive player of the year nod the previous season ... picked up district academic honors as a junior and played summer/fall ball for the same 18U Texas Glory Gold club that produced fellow Bear Stevie Pierce.
Heather R. Duckworth is the daughter of Jerry and Kim Duckworth ... born March 1, 1992, in Garland, Texas ... has one brother, Nathan, and one sister, Stephanie ... is majoring in psychology and plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy.