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Shrum, McAlister Win Nevada’s Martie & Russell Awards

26 Th11 2021 | 03:43

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RENO, Nev. — Baseball’s Dillan Shrum and softball’s Sadaria McAlister have been named the 2020-21 Doc Martie & Ruth I. Russell Award winners as the University of Nevada’s top male and female senior student-athletes.

The awards are named for J.E. “Doc” Martie, a former Nevada men’s basketball coach and administrator, and Ruth I. Russell, a former director of women’s athletics. Student-athletes are nominated by their head coaches and must be in their final year of eligibility and in good academic standing.

The 2021 Mountain West Tony Gwynn Player of the Year, Shrum had a career year on the diamond, finishing the regular season as the national leader in both batting average (.479) and slugging percentage (.992). The first baseman from El Cajon, Calif., set the school single-season record and led the Mountain West with 15 home runs. Other single-season career totals Shrum hit this year include hits (58), RBI (47) and runs scored (35) and all in a shortened season at just 35 games. He earned both second- team All-America honors and first-team Academic All-America honors this season while helping to lead to the Mountain West championship and the team’s first NCAA appearance in 21 years.

A two-time first-team All-Mountain West honoree, McAlister put together a standout senior season for the Pack, starting in all 40 games in center and batting .339. The Reno native and McQueen High School graduate turned in a .976 fielding percentage, 80 putouts and two assists while committing just two errors. McAlister set the school career and single season records in stolen bases with 53 in her career and 22 this season, which ranked third in the Mountain West. She led the team in doubles and triples and also ranked among the team and conference leaders in total bases, hits, batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, doubles and walks.