All-American Anastos Transfers to UCCS from Fort Hays State

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 22, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS - Under ordinary circumstances, a coach brings in a player and hopes to develop her into an All-American.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs softball coach Scott Peterson was presented Wednesday with a decidedly extraordinary circumstance.

Jessika Anastos, a 2008 first-team Daktronics All-American, will join the Mountain Lions for 2009 season after transferring to UCCS from Fort Hays State. The junior-to-be hit .462 this past season with an .825 slugging percentage and a .525 on base percentage. Those numbers ranked 17th, 12th and 27th respectively on the national leaders' lists.

Anastos had a record-setting year for the Tigers in 2008. She set new single-season records at Fort Hays State in batting average, home runs (13), runs scored (45), on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and total bases (132). She tied the single-season record for doubles with 18. Her 44 RBIs were second-most in a single season at FHSU.

"We are very excited to have Jessika join the UCCS softball team," said Peterson. "She has proven that can put up some great offensive numbers in a pitching-dominant conference (MIAA)."

The Daktronics All-American honor adds to Anastos' list of accomplishments this year. She has also been named Daktronics All-North Central Region first team along with NFCA All-North Central Region second team. Anastos was also named the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association first-team at catcher.

In winning the Daktronics honor, which is voted upon by the nation's sports information directors, Anastos became the first softball All-American at Fort Hays State. The Broomfield High School graduate hit .403 as a college freshman.

"Jessika is a Colorado resident and should really enjoy playing with the current Colorado players we have on our roster as she has played with and against several of them in the past," said Peterson. "We offer a great Business Department and we expect her to succeed in the classroom and on the field as a UCCS student/athlete". 

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