Sarah Snell entered her senior campaign knowing her plans after graduation. She was going to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United State Marine Corps.
Snell would also leave Tennessee State with her name all over the softball record books, only to see her plans cut short 18 games into a 52 game season due to Covid-19. But the NCAA would give all seniors of spring sports an opportunity to come back for a fifth season opening the door to continue a chance to climb the TSU ranks and help her team reach the Ohio Valley Conference tournament for the first time since 2001.
“I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Aviation Management,” said Snell. “While I love softball, I already planned to commission this May following graduation to pursue my career as a Marine Corps pilot.”
Snell finished strong academically, as she is on her way to being named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year and was a 2019 recipient of an OVC Academic Medal of Honor with a 4.0 GPA.
Snell, who has a Private Pilots license, saw a flyer for United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates School (OCS) during her junior year and met with an Officer Selection Officer. A couple months later, during the summer of 2019, Snell traveled to Quantico, Va. for a 10 week Platoon Leaders Course.
The St. Petersburg, Fla. native’s application was put in front of a board and was selected to go to OCS and also earned a spot in flight school.
“I’m very honored and proud to be an officer in the United States Marine Corps,” Snell stated. “I’m excited to start this new chapter in my life and serve this country.”
Snell has orders to go to The Basic School on September 8 for six months and be trained as a rifleman. From there, Snell will go to Pensacola, Florida for flight school. After completion of the program, Snell will be assigned depending on ranking and the needs of the Marine Corps. Snell would eventually like to fly jets.
The Tiger second baseman was off to a solid start in 2020 batting .304 with four doubles, a triple and eight runs scored. Snell was also perfect on the season defensively, with 43 putouts and 38 assists with no errors.
Snell earned nine walks before the stoppage of play, which increased her TSU career record mark to 83. The fourth-year was also within striking distance of becoming the all-time assist leader with the Tigers, finishing with 351, 44 shy on Bridget Metzger’s (2007-10) amount of 395.
Snell also finished her career in blue ranked sixth in runs scored and stolen bases. Her run total of 64 put her in position to climb a spot or two, while her 33 swipes was just two away from passing Jennifer Culberson’s (2009-10) 34.
Snell completed her career with 118 hits, tying for ninth at Tennessee State with Caitlin Eaton (2008-11) and was in range of reaching the top five. Snell, who played in every game for the Tigers during her career and starting all but one, just missed out on entering the top 10 in games played and games started. The leadoff hitter was on pace to reach sixth in games played and fourth in starts.
Snell also finished just outside of the doubles, triples and home run lists.