Martin named to Lowe's All-Senior All-America first team



Missouri State senior softball player Katie Martin has been named to the All-Senior All-America first team in conjunction with the announcement of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, presented Tuesday night at the pre-tournament festivities at the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. Arizona’s Caitlin Lowe became the first-ever recipient of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for softball, which was selected by a nationwide vote of coaches, media and fans. Martin joined Lowe as one of five student-athletes named to the first team.

The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award identifies personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete, with criteria including excellence in the classroom, character and community, and competition in sports. Martin was initially named to a field of 20 semifinalists and was named as one of the 10 finalists on April 26. The first team honor means she finished in the top five of the cumulative voting.

Martin, a native of Baldwin City, Kan., led the Bears this season with a .307 batting average and posted team-best totals in hits (46), runs (30), doubles (9), and on-base percentage (.412). Martin also stole 16 bases to rank second in the MVC. In her first season in center field, Martin committed only one error and recorded a .986 fielding percentage. Her postseason accolades include All-MVC second team and MVC Scholar-Athlete first team.

Off the field, Martin has been the softball representative on 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. In the classroom, Martin has maintained a 3.93 grade-point average in medical technology.

Missouri State finished the 2007 season with a 21-29 record. Martin was one of three seniors on the Bears’ roster.



Caitlin Lowe, OF Arizona

Lindsey Gerheim, OF Army

Garland Cooper, 1B Northwestern

Katie Martin, OF Missouri State

Dominique Lastrapes, 2B Washington



Lindsay Schutzler, OF Tennessee

Kate Sheaks, OF DePaul

Kristina Hull, C/Utl. Georgia Tech

Jamie Reiss, IF Creighton

Stephanie Brown, OF Notre Dame



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