COLUMBUS, Ohio A trio of Ohio State softball players were recently named Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Region selections. Senior Kim Reeder, junior Sam Marder and freshman Alicia Herron each earned a spot on the All-Midwest team prior to leading the 11th-seeded Buckeyes to a 3-0 sweep of the Columbus Regional en route to their first appearance in an NCAA Super Regional in program history.
The players are now eligible for All-America consideration, adding to their list of postseason accolades. All three also earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors last week.
In the win over Kentucky last Saturday, Reeder broke the school records for both single-season and career wins, tallying her 26th and 77th, respectively. In her senior season, the Salinas, Calif., native holds a 1.26 ERA after shutting out 11 opponents and giving up more than two earned runs in just five games this season. She has 206 strikeouts to her credit in 188.1 innings pitched, averaging 5.6 per appearance (37).
Marder has shattered nearly every offensive record in the books, earning the top spot on both the single-season and career homerun charts with 19 this season and 43 overall. The junior captain from Calabasas, Calif., is batting .350 with an .839 slugging percentage and a .557 on-base percentage after being walked a school record 63 times including 16 intentional. Behind the plate, the 2008 All-American catcher has thrown out 16-of-20 base-runners with two outs coming last Saturday against Kentucky.
Herron joins Marder in the power-hitting club in her rookie season. With 14 homeruns to her credit, the Cypress, Calif., native topped the freshmen hitting record and moved into a tie for fourth overall in the season records after hitting two out of the park during Regional play last week. She also stands in fifth with a team-leading 48 RBI, including a seven-run performance against Indiana earlier this year that tied the single-game record.
A total of 264 players from 121 different institutions comprise the regional teams. A change this year is the announcement of just one team per region (First Team), although the team has the same number of members of the previous year’s first and second teams combined. The change gives the regional representatives more leeway in presenting candidates for All-America selection.
The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration.
Reeder, Marder, Herron and the rest of the Buckeye squad will face sixth-seeded Georgia Thursday and Friday in Athens, Ga., in a best-of-three game series at the UGA Softball Stadium. The opening game of the series will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. ET while game two will be Friday at 4:30 p.m. The ‘if necessary’ game three would follow game two on Friday at 6:30 p.m. All games will be shown on ESPN2.