Bronco Softball Assistant Marder Garners NPF Awards

ROSEMONT, Ill.-Boise State assistant softball coach Sam Marder was named the National Pro Fastpitch Offensive Player of the Year Wednesday, at the league's awards banquet. Marder, a catcher for the Akron Racers, was also named to the All-NPF Team.

In the 2012 season, her second as a professional, Marder batted .343 with eight home runs and 27 runs batted in. She ranked in the top five of the NPF in each triple crown category.

"Being in such an offensive league, it is a tremendous honor to be recognized," Marder said. "I'm deeply humbled by this award, considering how many great seasons were put together by a number of players. Playing in the NPF is a dream come true and my congratulations go out to all of the award winners."

Marder is entering her second season as a member of the Bronco staff. Boise State softball will embark on its fifth season as a program in 2013. Head coach Erin Thorpe has been at the helm since the inaugural 2009 season and guided the Broncos to second-place finishes in conference play in 2011 (WAC) and 2012 (Mountain West).


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