COLUMBUS, Ohio Sam Marder, a junior All-America catcher on the No. 16 Ohio State softball team, has accepted an invitation to the 2009 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp in Chula Vista, Calif., June 8-12, announced Friday by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA). Marder is one of 27 athletes included in the initial round of invitations with additional attendees being announced at a later date.
The Calabasas, Calif., native has been a dominant force at the plate in her junior season. She currently leads the Big Ten in homeruns with 14 and has 38 for her career, moving her to within four of breaking the career record 41 set by Kristine Himes in 2000-03. Earlier this year, she shattered the record for career walks and now holds 139 free bases on balls to her credit. The first-year captain also boasts a .944 slugging percentage this season, with 84 total bases behind her, and 32 RBI (135 career, third all-time).
Behind the plate, Marder has a .996 fielding percentage with 240 put-outs and 22 assists, while foiling nine of 13 stolen base attempts.
On the schedule for the USA Softball Women’s National team program are several International events including the World Cup of Softball presented by KFC in Oklahoma City, Okla. July 16-20. The World Cup will feature the top four finishers from the 2008 Olympic Games including a Gold medal game rematch between Japan and the United States.
The 2009 Selection Camp attendees include:
Monica Abbott Salinas, Calif.
K’Lee Arredondo Tempe, Az.
Brandice Balschmiter Newark, N.Y.
Chelsea Bramlett Cordova, Tenn.
Ashley Brignac River Ridge, La.
Katie Burkhart San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Courtney Bures Haymarket, Va.
Stacie Chambers Glendale, Az.
Ashley Charters Beaverton, Ore.
Kaitlin Cochran Yorba Linda, Calif.
Andrea Duran Selma, Calif.
Jennie Finch La Mirada, Calif.
Vicky Galindo Union City, Calif.
Alissa Haber Newark, Calif.
Ashley Hansen Chandler, Az.
Tiffany Huff Saugus, Calif.
Lauren Lappin Anaheim, Calif.
Brittany Lastrapes Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Jenae Leles Fair Oaks, Calif.
Caitlin Lowe Tustin, Calif.
Sam Marder – Calabasas, Calif.
Stacey Nelson Moline, Ill.
Cat Osterman Houston, Texas
Brittany Rogers Dacula, Ga.
Angela Tincher Eagle Rock, Mo.
Natasha Watley Irvine, Calif.
Tammy Williams Roscoe, Mo.
For complete coverage of the 2009 Women’s National Team, log onto www.usasoftball.com