Martin named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award semifinalist



Missouri State senior softball player Katie Martin has been named a semifinalist for the 2007 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in recognition of her accomplishments both on and off the field.


Lowe’s Senior CLASS (an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award recognizes college senior athletes who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring. This year Lowe’s will select award winners in six sports: baseball, softball, men’s hockey, men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s basketball.


Martin is one of 20 candidates in the running for the 2007 softball award, which will be selected through fan balloting in conjunction with votes by coaches, media and various sponsors after the field is narrowed to 10 finalists later this month. The winner will be announced during the last week of May during the 2007 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.


An outfielder from Baldwin City, Kan., Martin leads the Bears with a .327 batting average and 19 RBIs and is second on the club with five home runs through the first 35 games of the 2007 season. Last year, she was a second team All-MVC pick and earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII First Team honors for her work in the classroom. A medical technology major, Martin was also named an MVC Scholar-Athlete for the second straight year in 2006.


Martin was nominated for the honor based on her performance on the diamond as well as her personal character and achievements in the classroom and community. Martin is the softball representative for Missouri State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and has been active in MSU softball’s fundraising and community service efforts throughout her four years at Missouri State.



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