Shippensburg University sports: Marsteller is NFCA All-American
Shippensburg University sophomore first basewoman Hannah Marsteller (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) was named Tuesday afternoon to the 2021 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II All-America First Team.
Marsteller is the first Raider in 10 years to be named an NFCA All-American (Hope Cornell, 2B, Third Team, 2011). She is also the first Raider in 15 years to be named an NFCA First Team All-American; (Heather Chantiles, OF, 2006, and Kelley Tiesi, P, 2006).
Overall, she is the 15th NFCA All-American in school history. She is just the second to be honored for her play at first base (Lynn Miller, 1985).
“I am so happy for Hannah and her First Team All-America award,” head coach Alison Van Scyoc said. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to coach her; and to see her succeed both on and off the softball field. She works tremendously hard, and I am impressed with her humility and desire to continue to get better. I am excited to watch the remainder of her career unfold!”
A 2021 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II Player of the Year award, Marsteller became the seventh player in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) history to hit .500 or better in a single season.
Her 2021 record
In 40 games, Marsteller was 58-of-116 at the plate – a .500 batting average. She set single-season school records with 18 home runs, 64 RBIs and 128 total bases; all totals that rank her among the nation’s Top 5 players in each category.
Her slugging percentage (total bases divided by at-bats) of 1.103 leads the nation; and is the second-best slugging percentage in PSAC single-season history. Marsteller also began the season on an 18-game hitting streak; a record resulting in an overall school-record hitting streak of 24 games when factoring in the final six games of the 2020 season.
In the final four weeks of the 2021 season, Marsteller hit .605 with eight home runs; 29 RBIs; 23 runs; 14 walks and one strikeout in 43 at-bats, reaching base in 19 straight games.
This is the fourth award of the postseason for Marsteller. She was previously named the 2021 PSAC Eastern Division Athlete of the Year; the 2021 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year; and to the 2021 NFCA and D2CCA All-Atlantic Region First Team squads.
She remains eligible for three more awards: D2CCA All-America (announced this week), D2CCA Ron Lenz Player of the Year (announced this week), and the NFCA Player of the Year (announced June 3).