Calabasas, Calif., native selected seventh overall, second catcher

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sam Marder, a senior captain on the No. 14/16 Ohio State softball team, had a dream come true Wednesday night when she was selected by the Akron Racers in the second round of the 2010 National Pro Fastpitch Senior draft held at the Heritage Key Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

A two-time All-American with the Buckeyes, Marder was the 7th overall pick and just the second catcher.

In January, she was selected to her third-consecutive USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List after being a finalist for the sport’s most prestigious honor for the past two seasons.

Known for her prowess at the plate, Marder already owns the Ohio State home run record with 43 in her career while leading the NCAA in bases on balls as both a sophomore (60) and junior (67). In three seasons, she has been walked 171 times, which also ranks as the most in school history.

The two-time captain powered the Buckeyes to a 47-11 season in 2009, the second most wins in OSU history, and a trip to an NCAA Super Regional, a program first.

Earning All-America honors in 2008 and ’09, Marder, a history major from Calabasas, Calif., is just the second Ohio State softball player to receive two national laurels and has the opportunity to become the most decorated Buckeye as a senior.

The Scarlet and Gray held out on the road Thursday for their first of five early-season tournament, flying to Houston, Texas. Ohio State opens vs. Houston at 7 p.m. Friday before its faces Sam Houston State at 9 a.m. and No. 17/15 Baylor at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes wrap up the weekend playing No. 22/21 Louisville at 9 a.m. and Kansas at 11 a.m. Sunday.