Bulldog Hall of Fame
Mary (Gnatkowski) Yearham Mary (Gnatkowski) Yearham
Softball, 1982-85

Yearham picked up 30 career decisions on the mound, which currently ranks tied for seventh place on FSU's career victory chart. The four-time first-team all-league selection is third in both career earned run average (1.29) and strikeouts (252) at Ferris State to date. The four-year letterwinner from Eisenhower High School in Saginaw compiled a 7-8 overall record along with one save in 16 pitching appearances as a senior (1985). She also posted a team-leading .310 batting average while registering 26 hits, scoring 21 runs and driving in 11 runs. Yearham was named team Most Valuable Player Award winner in both 1983 and 1985. A two-time team captain, she also saw action at shortstop. Yearham led Ferris in pitching appearances, complete games, innings pitched and earned run average all four seasons. She led FSU in victories three times, including a career-best 12-6 record and 0.75 ERA as a freshman (1982) when Ferris clinched its first GLIAC pennant with a 10-0 record and qualified for the NCAA's inaugural Division II National Championships. In her four-year career, the Bulldogs compiled a 63-53 (.543) record under three different head coaches in Carol Hutchins, Monica Folske and Pat Dolan. Yearham split time between the pitching mound and shortstop as a sophomore in 1983, hitting .277 with a team-high 23 hits, four triples, 14 runs scored and 13 runs batted in. She also led the 1983 pitching staff in wins (7), complete games (10), innings pitched (89.1) and strikeouts (67). Yearham is presently listed tied for third place in career triples (14) at Ferris State. Her 0.75 ERA and 12 victories as a freshman both rank among the school's top 20 single-season performances. She later played fastpitch softball in Canada and was a member of Kitchener's 1993 and 1995 Ontario Provincial Championship teams.

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