ST. LOUIS — In four years as a Saint Louis Lady Billiken, Sadie Wise has started every game on the softball diamond.
“Sadie is an exceptional player,” head coach Christy Connoyer said. “She's an athlete that drives the ball well to all parts of the field, leads on the field."
She’s also left a huge mark in the Saint Louis University record books.
"She's just a solid athlete," Connoyer said.
But solid may not be the right word to describe Wise’s career. She holds SLU career records for batting average (.378), slugging percentage (.664), home runs (33), doubles (48) and total bases (365).
But maybe her biggest accomplishment is being nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
"I know so many people are up for this award, and I know so many great people and athletes are up for it so it's just awesome to be one of them," Sadie Wise said.
"No surprise in the sense she encompasses everything SLU and SLU athletics are about," Connoyer said.
The award is presented to someone who excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community, something Wise takes great pride in.
“I just know so many people have helped me get to the point that I am today, so I just want to give back to those who have also helped me get here,” she said.
Wise graduated with a bachelor's degree in occupational science already which means she’s free to venture into the real world. Instead, she’s coming back to SLU for more.
“I will be coming back next year for my 5th year and continuing my schoolwork in occupational therapy,” she said.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the NCAA has granted all seniors an extra year of eligibility, a decision sure to bring a smile to Coach Connoyer’s face.
“Just very fortunate to be able to coach her,” Connoyer said.