Northwestern splits with Illinois after allowing six unearned runs in a doubleheader nightcap
High School: Named Tucson's top recruit in any sport, male or female, by the Arizona Daily Star ... Is a four-year starting catcher for Canyon Del Oro, entering her senior season with a career .422 average, 20 home runs and 126 RBIs ... Helped lead her team to the 2011 state championship, earning the No. 2 ranking in the nation from ESPN Rise ... Repeated as state champs in 2012 before reaching the semifinals in 2013 ... Three-year team record entering 2014 is 99-12 ... Is a three-time All-Southern Arizona, two-time All-State Division II and two-time Team Defensive MVP honoree ... Has played three years of club with the AZ Hotshots and one season with the Desert Thunder ... Won the 2012 ASA Gold National Championship with the Desert Thunder ... Three-time Premier National Qualifier with the AZ Hotshots ... A standout athlete, also has earned three letters in basketball, two in golf and one in volleyball ... Ranked fourth in her class of 339 ... National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Samantha Rae Nettling ... Daughter of Julianne and Bill Nettling ... Father was a four-year letterman in football at Arizona ... Formed the team "Pink Dorados" to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, twice earning High School Team Challenge Championships for most team members and most contributions raised ... Recruited over 150 team members and raised over $3,500 annually ... Chose Northwestern over Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon ... Anticipated major is journalism.