Softball Adds D-1 Transfer Jordan
Two-time All-Colorado softball player Holly Jordan is coming home and at least one coach is delighted by the prospect.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs coach Scott Peterson announced Wednesday that Jordan has transferred from Division I Iowa State and will play for the Mountain Lions in 2007-08.
"Not only is Holly a sensational pitcher, she's a great hitter as well," said Peterson. "She's just a great all-around ballplayer."
Even that high praise might be an understatement.
Jordan was the 2005 Denver Post player of the year and was MVP of the state tournament twice while winning four Colorado Class 3A state titles with Erie High School. As a senior, she threw a perfect game in the state championship game. She also contributed offensively, hitting .482.
She was underutilized as a freshman at Iowa State, pitching in just three games. She did appear in 39 games, primarily as a pinch runner.
At UCCS, Jordan will be expected to pitch, hit and run.
"I felt that Holly was the best pitcher and the best player in the state her senior year," said Peterson. "She'll probably hit in the middle of our order and be one of the best pitchers in the RMAC."
That's a frightening prospect for other Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference coaches. The Mountain Lions not only return Libby White and Stacy Ortiz, who combined to win 36 games this past season, they have also added considerable pitching in what many consider to be Peterson's best-ever recruiting class. Aside from Jordan, UCCS has also added the following:
Ã¢ Rebecca Saldecke, a 6-footer who posted a 10-5 record with a 1.41 ERA while pitching against many Division I signees in the San Andreas League of California's tough Southern Section. Her Cajon High School team was ranked as high as No. 18 nationally this past season.
Ã¢ Lindsay Zastrow from Papillion La Vista High School in Omaha who set a Nebraska high school record by striking out 20 of the 21 batters she faced in a state playoff game. While she posted an 8-1 record with a 0.25 ERA, Zastrow may be an even bigger contributor at the plate, where she led the state with 13 doubles this past season.
Ã¢ Sarah McCauley from ThunerRidge High School posted a 1.39 ERA and hit .297 as the team's starting shortstop. She will add considerable speed and versatility to an already formidable UCCS offense.
Ã¢ Amanda Hathaway from Liberty High School had a homr run, a triple and a double in the Colorado Class 4A All-Star game. During the season, she had a .379 average and four triples. As a pitcher, Hathaway led Liberty with a 9-1 record and 105 strikeouts in 73 innings.
"We now have seven kids that can pitch," said Peterson. "It gives us a staff, there's no doubt about it. We're deep."
Opposing coaches might think they're in it deep as well.
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