Marcia Whitehead, Wesleyan University
Marcia Whitehead started every softball game for Wesleyan over her four years, a total of 136 contests, mainly at third base.
In 2008, she paced the Cardinals at the plate for the second year in a row, batting .398 with 51 hits in 128 at-bats while scoring a career-high 26 runs and knocking in a career-high 20. She equaled her career-best figure with seven doubles along with a triple. In the field, she logged 27 putouts, a team-best 84 assists and 11 errors for a .910 fielding percentage. As the player with the highest batting average on the team, Marcia received the Meredith Frummer Memorial Award from the college. Her 51 hits eclipsed the Wesleyan seasonal mark of 50 set in 1996.
Marcia, a team co-captain, was named first-team all-NESCAC in 2008 after earning second-team all-NESCAC recognition in 2007. She batted .398 that year as well. Over her four years, Marcia went 173-for-456 for a career average of .379. Her 173 hits is by far the most by a Cardinal in team history. The number two ranked player has 137 hits. Marcia scored 91 runs and amassed 53 RBI while collecting 20 doubles and three triples during her career.
Wesleyan had a banner season in 2008, equaling the team mark for wins with 21 during its 21-16 campaign. After starting 1-9 during its trip to California, Wesleyan finished the year on a 20-7 streak including a 13-5 record in New England and a 10-2 posting in NESCAC West play. Winning the NESCAC West as well as claiming a Little Three title for the first time with a combined 4-2 mark vs. Amherst and Williams, Wesleyan hosted the 2008 NESCAC tournament. After an opening round loss to Trinity, Wesleyan defeated Williams, Trinity and Tufts in successive games to set up a championship showdown with Tufts in the double-elimination format. Tufts prevailed in the deciding contest, 10-3.
In addition to her athletic prowess in softball, Marcia was a women's soccer team co-captain and played in all 55 contests in that sport over her four years with 51 starts as a defender. She was named the team's Jones Award winner in 2007 as its outstanding contributor. Marcia was co-recipient of Wesleyan's Suki Hoagland Award, presented annually to the top contributor to women's athletics.
The president of Wesleyan's SAAC and a local middle-school tutor during her undergraduate years, Marcia also earned a prestigious summer internship in public affairs at Wesleyan during her junior year. She received her Wesleyan degree in government.