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The 2010 winners of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athletes at each conference school, will be announced Wednesday. Leading up to the 43rd Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner, the 11 Medal of Honor finalists will be featured on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Sam Marder
Softball
Major: History and Psychology
Calabasas, Calif.

Sam Marder has been nominated to the USA College Softball Player of the Year Watch List the past three seasons for a good reason.

The decorated catcher, who owns the Ohio State career home run, RBI and walks records, has helped the Buckeyes establish themselves as a perennial Top 25 team since she arrived on campus in 2007. As a freshman, Ohio State won the Big Ten regular season and tournament title – the team’s first regular-season title since 1990.

At the plate, the two-time captain has led the Scarlet and Gray in batting in 2007, ’08 and ’09 while receiving three All-Great Lakes Region and All-Big Ten selections.

Last season, Marder became just the second two-time All-American in Buckeye history and the first person in the nation, male or female, to receive the Jewish Athlete of the Year award as both a high school and collegiate athlete. In 2009, the Scarlet and Gray advanced to their first NCAA Super Regional after winning three-straight games at Buckeye Field as host of the NCAA Regional.

Marder’s laurels and Buckeye spirit even won her naming rights on a sandwich at the new Ohio Union. On the menu at Sloopy’s Diner in the student union you will find the Sam Marder Turkey Bistro.

In mid-February, Marder’s dream of continuing her softball career beyond Ohio State came true as she was selected in the second round of the NPF Senior Draft by the Akron Racers. The history major and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree plans on continuing her education by earning a master’s degree in order to pursue a career in coaching.