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Dillan Shrum, Sadaria McAlister named Wolf Pack's top senior athletes

Sadaria McAlister
Sadaria McAlister was named Nevada's top female senior athlete. (Nevada athletics)

Nevada baseball player Dillan Shrum and Wolf Pack softball standout Sadaria McAlister were named the 2020-21 Doc Martie & Ruth I. Russell Award winners as the school'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. Players are nominated by their head coaches and must be in their final year of eligibility and in good academic standing.

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) while earning the Tony Gwynn Mountain West offensive player of the year award. The first baseman from El Cajon, Calif., led the MW with 15 home runs and helped the Wolf Pack win the conference's regular-season title, clinching Nevada's first berth to an NCAA Regional since 2000.

Shrum also set single-season career highs in hits (58), RBIs (47) and runs (35) while playing just 35 games in the shortened season. He earned second-team All-America honors and first-team Academic All-America honors and signed an undrafted free-agent deal with the Kansas City Royals after the season.

McAlister is a local product who graduated from McQueen High. A two-time first-team all-conference pick, she had a standout senior season for the Wolf Pack, starting all 40 games in center field and batting .339. The Reno native turned in a .976 fielding percentage, 80 putouts and two assists while committing just two errors.

McAlister set the school record in stolen bases with 53, including 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.

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