EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon softball team has signed Nebraska transfer and Keizer, Ore., native Hailey Decker, head coach Mike White announced on Thursday.
"We are extremely excited to have Hailey on board," White said. "She will make an immediate impact in the middle of our lineup. We recruited her heavily out of high school and it's very nice to be able to bring an in-state player back to Oregon."
Decker will be a junior next season for the Ducks and can play immediately. The NCAA does not require softball players to sit out a season when transferring.
Last season Decker started all 62 games for the Huskers and was named first team all-Midwest Region and first team all-Big Ten after leading Nebraska with a .369 batting average, 21 doubles and 53 RBIs. The infielder also hit 14 home runs, which would have led the Ducks.
Oregon fans may remember Decker and Nebraska from the NCAA Super Regional series in Eugene in 2013. Then a freshman, Decker went 3-for-10 with two doubles in Nebraska's three-game series win over the Ducks.
HAILEY DECKER BIO
AS A SOPHOMORE (2014) (AT NEBRASKA)
First Team All-Midwest Region...First Team All-Big Ten...Academic All-Big Ten...Started all 62 games for the Huskers in her sophomore campaign...Hit a team-high .369 with 51 runs, 80 hits, 21 doubles, 14 homers and 53 RBIs...Also led the team in hits, doubles and RBIs...Her 21 doubles were the fourth most in the NCAA and tied for the second most in Nebraska single-season history...Went 7-for-11 with a double, two homers and seven runs scored in Nebraska's series win at No. 23 Northwestern, including a school record four runs in the second game of the set...Hit .443 in Big Ten play and tied for the league lead with 35 hits in conference action...Ranked second in the Big Ten in overall batting average and runs scored...Continued her strong play in the postseason, hitting .429 (12-of-28) in seven NCAA tournament games...Went 10-for-20 in the Huskers' regional win in Columbia, Mo....Homered in the first inning of each game against host Missouri as the Huskers knocked off the No. 15 ranked Tigers in back-to-back games...Did not make an error in seven postseason games at second base and posted a .964 overall fielding percentage in 2014.
AS A FRESHMAN (2013) (AT NEBRASKA)
Started all 61 games for the Huskers in her first collegiate season...Hit .244 with 27 runs, 41 hits, 13 doubles, six homers, 29 RBIs and 19 walks compared to 12 strikeouts...Went 3-for-10 with two doubles in Nebraska's three-game Super Regional win over Oregon in Eugene...Had both doubles in the series-clinching third game...Ended the year ranked 10th in the Big Ten in doubles and was third on the team in RBIs...Hit .293 in Big Ten play...Smacked a three-run homer to clinch a series win against No. 9 Michigan...Went 2-for-8 at the Women's College World Series with a double and a homer in a 9-8, 15-inning elimination loss to Florida.
A four-time all-state selection and two-time Oregon State Offensive Player of the Year at McNary HS in Keizer...Hit .599 with a .709 on-base percentage in her four-year career, with 43 doubles, 12 triples, 27 home runs and 150 RBIs with 50 stolen bases on 55 attempts...Hit .633 in her senior season when she was named the Oregon Class 6A Player of the Year for the second straight season...Also earned the award as a junior when she hit .642...Never hit less than .538 in one of her high school seasons...The youngest player invited to the USA Junior National Team tryout in 2010.
Played club ball with the Northwest Bullets.
Parents are Steve and Maite Decker.