UW-Superior's Martin named to All-American teamMartin, a senior from Superior, is just the third Yellowjacket to receive all-American honors in softball. She joins Sarah Tarasewicz (2003 first team) and Erin Kegley (2004 third team) as all-American selections.
University of Wisconsin softball player Ashley Martin was honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Thursday night by being named All-American second team. Martin was an at-large pick for the second team.
Martin, a senior from Superior, is just the third Yellowjacket to receive All-American honors in softball. She joins Sarah Tarasewicz (2003 first team) and Erin Kegley (2004 third team) as All-American selections.
Martin has been a powerhouse for the Yellowjackets throughout her career, having been named to the All-WIAC first team three times, including this season, and twice being named a top-three finalist for the league’s player of the year award.
Twice she received All-WIAC honors at second base and once she received the honor as a catcher.
As a senior Martin started and played in 28 games for the Yellowjackets and led the team in batting average (.410), runs (22), hits (32), walks (10) and slugging percentage (.654) and was tied for the team lead in home runs with four. A nearly perfect fielder, Martin made just seven errors in 121 chances at second base.
“Where do I begin when talking about Ashley,” UWS coach Roger Plachta said. “As a coach, when you talk about a dream player you think of a girl like Ashley. She has a pile of skills. She would do whatever we asked her to do. No matter what it was, she would just crush it and we wouldn’t have to worry about it.
“Players like her don’t come along very often and I’m very lucky to have had the chance to coach a player like Ashley over the last few years. She’s just a tremendous athlete that has done a lot for us. She has made me a better coach and I can’t say enough good things about her. It is going to be very difficult for us to replace a player that has brought so much to our team.”
Martin’s honor was announced on Thursday at the banquet that preceded the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Softball Championships, which are being hosted by UW-Eau Claire.