June 20, 2014
The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we’ll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 5) and Freshmen of the Year (July 13-18).
Today we feature Female Athlete of the Year nominee Mary Massei of softball.
• 2013-14 Year in Review
MADISON, Wis. — Amidst the most difficult schedule in school history, Mary Massei and the Wisconsin softball team finished last season with the second-highest win total (36) in school history and a pair of NCAA tournament wins for just the second time in program history.
Individually, the Chino Hills, California, native finished her senior campaign with the second-most single season hits (69) and total bases (119), fourth-most single season doubles (16) and tied for fourth-most runs batted in. Her .375 batting average is sixth-best in UW single-season history.
The highlight of her season came on April 9 when she had two home runs and four RBI against North Dakota. Massei had another shining moment against Penn State on April 19, when she went 3-for-4 with a run, two doubles and two RBI.
As her collegiate career comes to a close, Massei made her mark in the Wisconsin softball record book during her time as a Badger. The outfielder set program records as the career leader in runs scored (142), hits (249), batting average (.370), doubles (53), triples (14), at bats (673) and total bases (402).
In a record number of six selections, she headlined the list of Badgers to receive NFCA Great Lakes All-Region selections with the only first-team recognition. This marked the second time she had earned All-Region honors following her second-team bid in 2013.
A two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Massei made UW softball history when she became the first player to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor. She also led the Badgers to the program’s first-ever Big Ten tournament title in 2013 and helped advance the squad to the NCAA tournament for the second-straight year.