Shippensburg University sports: Marsteller garnered national sports awards
Shippensburg University softball sophomore Hannah Marsteller garnered another sports honor this week. The latest recognition is the 2021 Ron Lenz national Player of the Year; award one of two top national honors on the 2021 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-America Softball Team.
Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) was also voted to the All-America First Team at first base. She is the first Raider in school history to get the Ron Lenz Player of the Year, an award that began in 2007. NCAA Division II sports information directors across the country vote and nominate the D2CCA All-America teams.
The nation’s leader in slugging percentage (1.103); Marsteller ranks among the Top 5 players nationally in home runs (18), RBIs (64) and total bases (128). She hit .500, becoming the seventh player in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) history to hit .500 or better in a single season. Thirty-two of her 58 hits went for extra bases.
Getting a good start
Marsteller began the season on an 18-game hitting streak, That resulted in an overall school-record hitting streak of 24 games when factoring in the final six games of the 2020 season. She struck out just five times in 147 plate appearances – one of the best contact rates in the nation.
In the final four weeks of the 2021 season, Marsteller hit .605. She tallied eight home runs, 29 RBIs, 23 runs, 14 walks and one strikeout in 43 at-bats; reaching base in 19 straight games.
This is Marsteller’s sixth award of the postseason. She is also PSAC’s 2021 Eastern Division Athlete of the Year; the 2021 D2CCA Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year; on the 2021 NFCA All-America First Team and the 2021 NFCA and D2CCA All-Atlantic Region First Team squads. She is also a finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II Player of the Year award to be announced June 3.