Bears' Martin named to second team All-MVC softball team
Missouri State softball senior outfielder Katie Martin has been selected to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team, as announced at the pre-championship banquet held in Normal, Ill., on Wednesday evening. Martin was one of seven members of the second team and was the only Bear honored during the banquet.
Martin led Missouri State with a .306 batting average during the regular season and was one of only two Bears to start every game. The Baldwin City, Kan., native also led the Bears with 45 hits, nine doubles, and 27 walks this season. She also posted a team-best 13 multi-hit games and .414 on-base percentage. The centerfielder also finished second in the MVC behind teammate Jessie Smith with 15 stolen bases.
Martin was also honored as a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. She is one of ten national finalists for the honor and is joined by Creighton senior Jamie Reiss from the conference. Fans can vote for the award at www.seniorclassaward.com.
In the conference specialty awards, Creighton freshman Tara Oltman was honored as the Pitcher of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Illinois State freshman Kara Nelson was named the league’s Player of the Year. Creighton’s coaching staff received the Coaching Staff of the Year award after the Bluejays captured the regular season championship.
Missouri State will face Bradley in the first round of the State Farm MVC Tournament Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Redbird Softball Complex in Normal, Ill.