Height: 5'10"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Canyon del Oro
Club: AZ Desert Thunder


Honors & Awards

  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013)

Career Capsule
Sammi Noland ppeared in 19 games and earned three starts in two seasons as a backup catcher for the Huskers in 2013 and 2014. A two-time letterwinner, Noland may have seen limited game action, but she played a key role in the Huskers' team success during her two seasons. Noland put in countless hours during bullpen sessions, helping the Husker pitching staff rank among the nation's top 20 teams in ERA in each of her two seasons. Noland also helped Tatum Edwards earn All-America honors in 2013 and 2014, while Emily Lockman became the first Husker pitcher to earn first-team all-region honors as both a freshman and sophomore.

Offensively, Noand drew a pair of walks, scored two runs and was hit by one pitch in her career. She posted a 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate.

Sophomore Season [2014]
Noland appeared in five games as a sophomore, including three starts as the designated player. Her first career start came against Boise State on Feb. 23. Noland also earned starts against Jackson State on March 14 and No. 16 Minnesota on March 21. Although she was 0-for-7 on the year, she drew a pair of walks and was hit by one pitch to post a .300 on-base percentage. Defensivey, Noland was perfect behind the plate, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Although she earned limited playing time, Noland worked extensively with the Husker pitching staff, helping Nebraska rank 13th nationally with a 1.92 ERA.

Freshman Season [2013]
Despite limited playing time behind one of the nation’s top catchers, Noland played a valuable role for Nebraska as a freshman in 2013. She appeared in 14 total games, scoring two runs while going hitless in six at bats. Noland also fielded all three of her chances behind the plate to post a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. While her stats may have been limited, Noland was key in developing a Husker pitching staff that ranked 15th nationally in ERA and had two pitchers tabbed as first-team all-region selections.

Noland put in countless hours in the bullpen, as Nebraska switched its pitching development strategy, focusing on one-on-one bullpen sessions that required tireless effort from Noland. Known for her positivity and upbeat personality, Noland put in her behind-the-scenes work without complaint, and her effort helped Nebraska advance to an NCAA Super Regional for the first time in school history and earn a berth in the Women’s College World Series for the seventh time in program history.

Before Nebraska   
Noland was a three-time state champion at Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson, Ariz., and she concluded her prep career by winning the ASA Gold National Championship with the AZ Desert Thunder in the summer of 2012.

Noland ended her high school career with a state championship, and she keyed the victory by breaking a 4-4 tie with a fourth-inning grand slam. For her efforts as a senior, Noland was selected as a first-team All-Southern Arizona pick and Division II first-team selection by the Tucson Citizen.

Prior to her senior season, Noland played a key role in helping Canyon del Oro to a pair of state championships in her first three high school seasons. As a junior in 2011, Noland batted .422 (43-for-102) with 14 doubles, two home runs, six stolen bases, 28 runs scored and 28 RBIs. She added a .487 on-base percentage and a .618 slugging percentage, as the Dorados finished with a 35-1 record. One of her two home runs was a two-run shot in the state championship game. Noland was an honorable-mention all-state selection in Class 4A and a second-team All-Southern Arizona selection as a junior. She also earned her team’s defensive player-of-the-year award.

In her sophomore season, Noland helped lead Canyon del Oro to an 18-6 record and an appearance in the state semifinals. During her freshman season in 2009, the Dorados finished 30-2 and won the state championship.

Noland joins Husker junior Mattie Fowler as Canyon del Oro graduates on Nebraska’s 2014 roster. Together, Fowler and Noland teamed up to win state titles for Canyon del Oro in 2009 and 2011. Both of those teams were coached by Mattie Fowler’s mother, Kelly, who coached Noland during her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.

Noland played her club ball for the AZ Desert Thunder, which is coached by Lance and Kelly Fowler. Noland helped the Desert Thunder place in the top 25 at the ASA Gold National Championship every year from 2006 to 2010, including two top-10 finishes. One of three Desert Thunder players to join a Division I program in 2013, Noland capped her career by helping the Desert Thunder win the ASA Gold National Championship tournament in July of 2012. The national title was a first for the program, and Noland contributed to the title by going 1-for-1 with a sacrifice in the championship game. One day earlier, Noland played a key role in the Desert Thunder advancing in the tournament, as she scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 5-4 win over Oklahoma Athletics Gold.

Samantha (Sammi) Rae Noland is the daughter of Steve and Mia Noland. Sammi was born on June 23, 1994, in Phoenix, Ariz. She has an older brother, Seth and a younger sister, Emily. Sammi comes from an athletic family, as her father was a football and baseball player at Willmar Community College in Willmar, Minn., and her brother played baseball at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


















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