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A 4 year player at the University of Oregon, Novitske ended his career seventh in runs scored (109) and base on balls (83) and ninth in stolen bases (25) … Posted single-season top 10 marks in three categories during the 2019 season … Tied for eighth in at bats (233) and walks (34) and tied for 10th in runs scored (48) … Holds Oregon freshman batting records in all three categories while tied for the freshman record in hits (70) … Played in 167 games with 150 starts … Started games at third base (122), second base (21) and shortstop (7) … Batted .276 (160-for-580) with three home runs, 73 RBI and 109 runs scored during four seasons at Oregon … Finished with 28 extra-base hits, including 23 doubles and two triples with the three home runs … Had a .716 OPS while reaching base at a .378 clip and slugging .338 … Totaled 42 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI games … Selected to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team in 2021.

In high school, Sam was ranked 130th overall and 29th among shortstops in California by Perfect Game. An East Bay Athletic League honorable mention selection as a senior, he hit .351 with two home runs and 22 RBI, finished with five doubles, four triples and a .470 on-base percentage while scoring 28 runs. A first-team All-East Bay Athletic League selection as a junior in 2017. Earned honorable mention recognition on the San Jose Mercury News’ All-Bay Area team. he batted .369 with seven doubles, one triple and 15 RBI, leading Foothill to a 16-0-1 start to the season. As a freshman, he hit .273 with four doubles, one triple and eight runs scored. A 2017 Underclass High Honorable Mention selection by Perfect Game. A four-year letterman at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California. 

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