MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois softball shortstop Sammy Marshall was crowned the NCAA Stolen Base Champion after swiping a school and Summit League record 45 bases in just 38 games played giving her a steals per game average of 1.18.
"Being named the NCAA Stolen Base Champion is not only a tremendous personal honor for Sammy, but also a great testament to her teammates that helped her accomplish this award," head coach Holly Van Vlymen said. "We are excited to build upon the successes of last season in the upcoming year."
The Naperville, Ill. native is just the fourth softball player in the history of the Summit League to earn a NCAA statistical title and the first to do so since 2006.
Marshall garnered First Team All-Summit League honors in her collegiate debut season after leading the league in batting average, ranking in the top five in runs scored and top ten in hits. She was also a perfect 45-for-45 in stolen base attempts and was awarded The Summit League Player of the Week honor on three occasions.