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Katie O'Donnell

Katie O'Donnell

Softball / Catcher and Utility / First-year / Napa, Calif.

Major: undecided

Katie O'Donnell is a first-year catcher and utility player on the Maroon softball team. O'Donnell leads the team with a .440 batting average while adding two home runs, 12 RBI and five stolen bases on the season.

Head Coach Ruth Kmak: "In our four games this past week, Katie started three of them and hit .500.  The game she didn’t play was the second game in a doubleheader and she had to literally leave the field during the first game to run to a class. At Illinois Wesleyan, Katie ended up starting at first base, a position she had not played before, and went 3-for-4 with three RBI and played solid defensively. Katie is focused and never flustered. She is open to whatever is needed to help the team. It is clear she enjoys playing the game. We love having Katie on the team and look forward to her contributions the rest of the season!"

Teammate Maeve Garvey: "Katie is the type of teammate that makes you want to be a better version of yourself. She leads by example, giving 110 percent every single day both on and off the field. Katie is proof that you don’t have to be a senior to be a team leader and contribute at a high level. Her work ethic is unmatched. She has taken the time to perfect her swing and has come up with many clutch hits throughout the first half of our season. Her ability to balance her life as a first-year student athlete is truly admirable - taking STEM classes and being in season is no easy task. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know her and play along side her this year. I am beyond impressed at the impact she has had on our team so far and cannot wait to see what she will do during her four years."


Other WAA nominees

Marjorie Antohi (Women's Tennis)

  • Head Coach Jay Tee: "Marjorie Antohi had a great weekend, going 4-0 in singles and doubles against UAA foes Case Western Reserve and WashU, including a hard-fought victory over a nationally-ranked Case player. We’ve always been able to count on Marjorie for her tenacious fight, but lately she’s stepped up her leadership and the team has responded with five-straight wins."


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