UNI softball pitcher Samantha Heyer has been named the female recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award, making her the seventh Panther student-athlete to receive this prestigious honor. Heyer, who hails from Charles City, Iowa, excelled academically and athletically during her senior season, boasting a 3.96 GPA while compiling a pitching record of 18-6 with 198 strikeouts. She also received the MVC's Elite 17 Award and is now the conference's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

By the Numbers
  • Heyer recorded a pitching record of 18-6 and two saves in 152 innings of work.
  • Heyer boasted a 3.96 GPA and was named the MVC's Elite 17 Award winner for 2024.
  • She holds the program record for holding opposing batters to a .207 average and ranks second in school history in career wins, saves, appearances, and strikeouts.
State of Play
  • Heyer is graduating this semester with degrees in biology and gerontology and a minor in chemistry.
  • She has been recognized for her academic achievements, research collaborations, and volunteer work in the healthcare industry.
Bottom Line

Samantha Heyer's outstanding performance on and off the field as a scholar-athlete, along with her numerous accolades and contributions to her community, solidify her as a deserving recipient of the MVC Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award, showcasing excellence in both academics and athletics.