Marnitz Named First Team All-Region
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky shortstop Brooke Marnitz has been named to the South All-Region First Team, it was announced today. The senior adds to her list of postseason awards after earning All-Southeastern Conference second team accolades last week.
“What a great honor for Brooke,” said third-year head coach Eileen Schmidt. “She had a phenomenal year and put up some staggering numbers in the toughest conference in the country.”
The Lexington native led UK and the SEC with 21 home runs this season. Marnitz also leads the SEC with 61 RBI, 137 total bases, and a .895 slugging percentage. She led the nation in home runs per game throughout the majority of the season and is currently tied with Maryland’s Amber Jackson for the Division I lead with 0.41 per game. Marnitz is ranked fifth nationally in slugging percentage and RBI per game with 1.2 per contest.
The shortstop set UK single-season records for home runs, RBI, total bases, and slugging percentage as a senior. She also took over as the all-time home run leader at UK and was named as one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball College Player of the Year. She was named SEC Player of the Week after she set the NCAA mark for hits in consecutive at-bats with 12 straight. Marnitz reached base in 17 consecutive plate appearances with five walks included during the streak. She had a pair of career-best eight-game hitting streaks this season and drove in a school-record six runs in the Cats’ win over Southern Miss this season.
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