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Softball Adds All-Big East Pitcher from UConn

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(From Oregon Athletics Press Release)


EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon head coach Melyssa Lombardi announced on Monday that sophomore pitcher Elise Sokolsky is transferring from UConn and will join the Ducks for the 2023 season.


Sokolsky was a unanimous all-Big East first team selection as a freshman in 2022 and led the conference in wins with 20 and strikeouts with 180. The Rogers, Ark., native went 20-6 with a 2.55 earned run average for the Huskies last season.


Elise Sokolsky, RHP (B-R/T-R), Rogers, Ark. (Bentonville West HS / UConn)

Unanimous all-Big East first team selection after leading the conference in wins (20) and strikeouts (180) … Went 20-6 with a 2.55 earned run average in 159.0 innings over 39 appearances … Had five complete games and three shutouts … Struck out a season-high 10 batters three times (Butler, Villanova, Providence) … Threw a one-hitter in an 8-0 win against Western Carolina (Feb. 26) … Was named Big East pitcher of the week once, and Big East freshman of the week twice … Named to the Big East all-academic team.


High School: Was the No. 62 pitcher in the class of 2021 and No. 121 overall player … Was a 6A all-conference performer for Bentonville West High School … Led Bentonville West to the 2019 6A Conference title and a third place finish in the state tournament … Lettered her sophomore and junior seasons before having her senior year cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic … Was invited to the 2016 USA Elite Select Futures All-American Game … Helped pitch her club team, New Jersey Intensity, to a runner-up finish in the 2019 Wilson World Series … Graduated with High Honors from Bentonville West.


Elise Sokolsky on Oregon

“This program has been built on greatness, and to be a part of this amazing legacy is an honor. The coaching staff and team is goal-oriented, but also extremely welcoming. I’m so excited to be able to put in the work to win a national championship as a Duck! This team is destined for greatness. The drive that not only the players hold but also the coaches have is unlike anywhere else.”


Coach Lombardi on Elise Sokolsky

“Elise is a competitor with great energy on the mound. She has sharp movement, great command and high velocity. Her personality, work ethic and competitive drive fit perfectly with our veteran team. She's already been very successful at the D-I level and has the experience to make an immediate impact on our rotation. We are excited for her to be a big part of our journey.”


Elise Sokolsky (@SokolskyElise) / Twitter

Mr. FishDuck

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It sucks to lose a great pitcher....been-there!  (Feels great to get the best one in an entire conference?  Whew!)


Oregon Ducks on the Fast Track Under Lombardi's Wing - Fastpitch Network

Mr. FishDuck

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Has three years of eligibility left--thanks to ICamel for posting that and the article as I wanted to combine them in the same thread.



The Big East leader in wins and strikeouts last season, Sokolsky committed to transfer to UO on Monday.


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