COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team has selected a quartet of captains for the 2009 season announced head coach Linda Kalafatis. Senior Kim Reeder, along with juniors Whitney Cooper, Sam Marder and Courtney Pruner will guide the Buckeyes in the upcoming year.
“These four young women will do an excellent job of leading our team with their work ethic, they’re attitude and their performance on the field,” Kalafatis said. “They are great people with strong values.”
As a junior last season, Reeder finished the year ranked fourth in innings pitched (222.0), sixth in strikeouts (200), eighth in wins (18) and ninth in ERA (2.46). For her career, she now ranks fourth in wins (51) and strikeouts (491) and sixth in innings pitched (564.1).
Reeder on being named captain: “I am grateful for the chance to lead this team along with Cooper, Marder, and Pruner. I believe every person on this team can relate and be honest with at least one of the four captains. It’s an honor to have the team’s faith in us; we have set our sights on Oklahoma City in June, and we are ready to do whatever it takes to get there.”
Cooper started all 56 games at shortstop a year ago, leading the team in assists with 116. She also ranked second on the team in doubles (6) and game-winning RBI (6) as a sophomore. Cooper started out the season batting .444 through the first nine games and ended the season with a .229 average.
Cooper on being named captain: “Being selected by my fellow peers to represent our softball program, the athletic department, and our university is a tremendous honor and privilege. I look forward to working together with Sam, Kim, and Courtney to be a strong core for an amazing group of young woman as we strive towards accomplishing our team’s high goals.”
A 2008 All-American, Marder led the nation in on base percentage (.633) and walks per game (1.07, 60 total) while ranking second in batting average (.475) and eighth in slugging percentage (.842). She had 11 game-winning RBI during the 2008 season already ranks second all-time at Ohio State in walks (104) and fifth in RBI (103). Marder also led the Big Ten in runners thrown out stealing (21) and lowest success rate against her (52-percent).
Marder on being named captain: “I felt a tremendous amount of pride when I was told I would be one of the captains of this team. To be chosen by your teammates as one of their leaders is so humbling and a great honor, especially from a group as hard working and dedicated as ours.”
Pruner, a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2007, missed all of the 2008 season after undergoing hip surgery in December 2007. Pruner batted .336 with seven home runs and 37 runs batted as a sophomore.
Pruner on being named captain: “It is definitely an honor to be named a captain by my peers. I will fulfill my responsibilities to the best of my ability to help with the success of the team.”
The Buckeyes begin the 2009 season Feb. 6 at the Hotel Encanto Invitational hosted by New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. Their first game will be against in-state foe Cleveland State at 11:30 a.m.