COLUMBUS, Ohio Sam Marder and Kim Reeder each earned All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Thursday, becoming the 11th and 12th selections in program history for the Ohio State softball team. Marder, who earned third-team honors last season, moves up the second team and is just the second two-time All-American to don the Scarlet and Gray. Reeder is a third-team honoree and the second Buckeye pitcher to earn the ultimate honor.
“We are certainly proud of Sam and Kim and their representation of Ohio State on the national level,” head coach Linda Kalafatis said. “They are not only great softball players, but very dedicated students and terrific leaders that have guided this team to a tremendous amount of success. I could not be more pleased with the way they have embodied what this program stands for throughout this year and their careers they are two of 17 wonderful players.
“For Kim, this is a culmination of a wonderful career,” Kalafatis continued. “And for Sam, she becomes one of just two two-time All-Americans and has the opportunity to become the only three-time honoree. I am so proud.”
Marder finished her junior season by cementing her status as one of the greatest power hitters in program history after breaking the season and career records for homeruns with 19 and 43, respectively. The junior captain from Calabasas, Calif., wrapped up the year with a .343 batting average, .821 slugging percentage and .559 on-base percentage after being walked a school record 67 times including 18 intentional. Behind the plate, the two-time All-American catcher has thrown out 16-of-21 base-runners, including two during the NCAA Regional games.
“I am so happy to represent Ohio State on this list among such a talented group of players,” Marder said. “Every year, my goal is to work as hard as I can and hope that it pans out. It is an honor to be named an All-American again and to be one of only two in our program’s history.”
Second Team Selection Video
In the win over Kentucky in the NCAA Regional final May 16, Reeder broke the school records for both single-season and career wins, tallying her 26th and 77th, respectively, securing her position as the most successful Ohio State pitcher to play the game. In her senior season, the Salinas, Calif., native finished with a 1.55 ERA after shutting out a record-tying 11 opponents and giving up more than two earned runs in just seven games this season. She also had 215 strikeouts to her credit in 199.1 innings pitched, averaging 5.5 per appearance (39). Her career innings (763.2) broke yet another program high, adding to Reeder’s prominence in the Buckeye record book.
“I am extremely honored to be a part of such a select group of women in Ohio State softball,” Reeder said. “This award was not possible without the flawless defense and explosive offense of my teammates in front of and behind me. I have wanted this all my life and am glad that I have been given the opportunity to represent Ohio State in the best light possible.”
Third Team Selection Video
Players from 32 institutions and 12 different conferences have been named to the 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America teams, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The Pacific-10 and Southeastern Conferences dominated selections, with Women’s College World Series No. 1 seed Florida leading all teams with five players on one of the three teams. All eight schools competing in the Series, which starts Thursday in Oklahoma City, earned at least two All-American nods, while a total of 19 honorees will compete in this week’s championship.