Senior captain batted .500 with four home runs, six RBI

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sam Marder, a senior catcher on the No. 14/16 Ohio State softball team, was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday after helping the Buckeyes to a 4-1 start opening weekend at the Marriot Houston Hobby Classic in Houston, Texas.

The Calabasas, Calif., native batted .500 through five games, including a 1.700 slugging percentage, and recorded six RBI. Marder hit four home runs, including two off of first pitches and three first inning shots. She now has 47 career home runs, distancing herself from second place in Ohio State’s all-time record book by six. The two-time All-American has 152 career RBI and is just 14 away from tying the program record.

Against No. 15 Baylor Saturday, her second-inning homer jump started the Buckeyes’ 4-3 comeback win. Batting in the No. 2 spot, Marder sent in the first runs vs. Sam Houston State, Baylor, No. 21 Louisville and Kansas this weekend.  

Since she joined Ohio State in 2007, Marder has been put on base intentionally 42 times – by far the most in school history dating back to the 1998 season. The second-most times a Buckeye had been intentionally walked in a career in the last decade is six.

Behind the plate, she recorded 37 putouts and three assists with no errors.

The weekly award is the fifth in her career from the Big Ten.