Marston Named Premier Player of Softball
COLUMBIA - Missouri softball's junior shortstop Jenna Marston has been named as the 2011 Premier Player of College Softball, as announced by the Premier Players Sports Foundation. Marston was one of five finalists and won the award through an online vote. Marston, who captured the John E. Wray Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America earlier in the year, is the first recipient of the Premier Player of College Softball trophy.
In her sophomore season, Marston was named to the All-Big 12 team for the second time after hitting .311 with 57 runs, 15 doubles, two home runs and 20 RBI. She walked 41 times on the year, the second most in any single season at Missouri, while striking out just 17 times and stealing 12 bases in 13 attempts.
The Premier Player of College Softball trophy is one of four major awards presented by the Premier Players Sports Foundation based on the votes of fans. Marston beat out Ashley Guile (Nebraska), Hillary Bach (Arizona State), Olivia Galati (Hofstra) and Stephanie Brombacher (Florida) for the 2011 award.
The Premier Players Sports Foundation is based on Tampa, Fla. The foundation recognizes sports can be a game-changer in a child's life, and its mission is to provide orphanages around the world with sports balls, apparel and league sponsorships to help their kids get into the games. The foundation will also raise funds for ophanages and other children's organizations using charitable awards dinners as community fundraisers.