Kansas Jayhawks

Sam Dellinger

Position Utility
Height 5'3''
Class Senior
Hometown Papillion, Neb.
High School Papillion-La Vista HS


  • All-BIG EAST First Team [2017]
  • Gatorade Nebraska High School Softball Player of the Year [2016]

2019 (JUNIOR)

  • 2019 Big 12 All-Academic First Team selection
  • Played in 32 games with 12 starts (11 in the outfield, one at DP)
  • Finished the season with seven hits, two RBI and two doubles
  • Logged a season-high four at bats vs. UTAH (2/9) and vs. Virginia (2/24)
  • Recorded first RBI of the season at Arizona State in Kajikawa Classic


  • Played in 51 games with 48 starts
  • Registered 36 starts at second base and 12 starts as the designated player
  • Primarily hit in the second spot (15 games) or the seventh spot (14) in the batting order
  • Recorded a .283 batting average, .340 on-base percentage and a .435 slugging percentage
  • Totaled 39 hits, 25 runs scored, 10 doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs
  • Played in all 18 Big 12 contests with 15 starts … Stole one base on one attempt
  • Longest hitting streak of the season lasted six games
  • Recorded seven multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games
  • Went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a run in KU’s season-opening win over Akron (Feb. 9)
  • Recorded a season-high four hits at UTSA (Feb. 16), going 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored
  • Scored a season-high three runs against Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 23)
  • Hit first home run as a Jayhawk against Elon (March 4)
  • Went a combined 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs and a home run during a pair of games on March 15 against Northern Colorado and Western Illinois
  • Became one of four Jayhawks to hit a triple in 2018 with a RBI-triple against Texas Tech (April 27) … Hit a three-run home run in the first inning of KU’s 4-1 season-finale victory over Iowa State (May 6)


  • Earned All-Big East First Team honors
  • Started all 50 games for the Bluejays as a freshman
  • Started 28 games in left field, 15 as the designated hitter, seven as the starting pitcher and two at third base
  • Primarily hit in the three-hole spot (28 games)
  • Recorded a .338 batting average with 52 hits, including a team-leading 13 doubles, 10 home runs, and 42 RBIs
  • Led CU in seven offensive categories (slugging percentage, hits, RBI, doubles, homeruns, total bases and at-bats)
  • Recorded 13 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games
  • Longest hitting streak of the season lasted 11 games


  • Named the 2015-16 Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year in the state of Nebraska
  • Four-time All-State selection
  • Primarily played second base, but also played first base and pitched for coach Todd Peterson at Papillion-La Vista
  • Two-time member of the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State Team
  • Earned honorary captain status on the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska team following her senior season
  • Named a 2015 NFCA Second Team All-American
  • NFCA South Central Region First Team honoree as a junior and Second Team as a senior
  • Led the Monarchs to a runner-up finish at the 2015 Class A state tournament with a .536 batting average with 43 RBIs, 43 runs scored, 16 doubles and 10 home runs
  • Also finished 9-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 54 innings in the circle during senior season
  • Broke a Nebraska state record with 17 home runs as a junior
  • Claimed a spot on the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska team with a .549 average, 56 RBI and 13 doubles to go along with her 17 homers
  • Helped lead Papillion-La Vista to four state tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish twice (2013, 2015)
  • Hit a three-run home run and finished with two runs scored while playing on the Blue Team in the 2016 Nebraska Coaches Association All Star Game
  • NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete
  • Four-time Metro High School Activities Association All-Academic Team member


  • Majoring in psychology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences with a pre-med emphasis at the University of Kansas
  • Earned a 4.0 GPA in her first semester at KU in Fall 2017


  • The daughter of Anthony and Michelle Dellinger
  • Has three siblings — Alyssa, Jordan and Sydney