EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon softball program has added four standout student-athletes for the 2015 season, head coach Mike White announced.
The Ducks will welcome Jenna Lilley (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover HS), Gwen Svekis (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS), Lauren Lindvall (Valencia, Calif./West Ranch HS) and Cheyene Powell (Tuttle, Okla./Blanchard HS) to the roster for the 2015 season.
“This class addresses our up-the-middle positions, with two infielders, a catcher and a pitcher,” said White. “All four can make an immediate impact. This is really the first class where we were able to scour the nation looking for talent, not just the West Coast. The caliber of players we were able to bring in reflects the reputation the program has around the nation after some very successful seasons. Players see us as a destination school.”
3B/UTIL | L/R | 5-foot-5 | North Canton, Ohio (Hoover HS) | Beverly Bandits
Rated the No. 1 recruit in the nation by StudentSports.com…Named Gatorade Ohio Softball Player of the Year after posting eye-popping numbers as a junior while helping Hoover HS to an undefeated 32-0 season…Hit a whopping .697 with seven home runs, 53 RBIs and 46 runs scored...Recorded an .804 on-base percentage and a 1.303 slugging percentage…Selected to the MaxPreps Junior All-America Team in 2013…Guided Hoover HS to three straight Div. I state championships as a freshman, sophomore and junior…Her two older sisters, Tricia and Megan, played softball at Purdue and Northwestern, respectively.
“Jenna is a softball junkie, she loves the game,” said head coach Mike White. “For her size she has tremendous power and can really make a lot of contact. She has been waiting for signing day for a long time. Right after she committed she painted her bedroom green and yellow. She is all Duck.”
C/1B | R/R | 5-foot-9 | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS) | Gold Coast Hurricanes
Rated the No. 16 recruit in the nation by StudentSports.com…Named Sun Sentinel 7A Player of the Year as a junior after batting .407 with 34 RBIs and nine home runs, posting a 1.351 OPS…Went 10-for-23 with three doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs in the playoffs…Helped St. Thomas Aquinas to the 7A state title game where she tagged out a runner at home in the eighth to preserve a 1-0 win over Harmony HS…Caught 170 of the team’s 173 innings in 2013…Finished second in the voting for Florida 7A player of the year…A first-team all-county choice by both the Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald as a freshman and sophomore…A first team Max Preps Freshman All-America pick in 2011.
“Gwen has legit home run power,” said White. “She has a commanding presence behind the plate and will form a really great 1-2 punch with Janelle Lindvall next season.”
INF | R/R | 5-foot-5 | Valencia, Calif. (West Ranch HS) | So Cal Choppers
Rated the No. 68 recruit in the nation by StudentSports.com…A .355 hitter over her first three high school seasons…Posted a career-best .402 average as a sophomore…Hit .272 as a junior in 2013 with 17 RBIs, 19 runs scored and a .358 on-base percentage…Has made just 10 errors in the last three seasons while playing shortstop…also saw some time in the circle for West Ranch HS…younger sister of current Duck Janelle Lindvall.
“Lauren is a line-drive hitter and a very smooth fielder,” White said. “She has been playing at a high-level for a long time now and her exceptional softball IQ shows it.”
P | R/R | 5-foot-10 | Tuttle, Okla. (Blanchard HS) | Texas Firecrackers/Oklahoma Twisters
Pitched at Tuttle (Okla.) HS before transferring to Blanchard HS for her junior season…Competed with the Oklahoma Twisters club team prior to joining the Texas Firecrackers in 2013, one of the top club teams in the nation...Coached by former Texas A&M two-time All-American pitcher Amanda Scarborough with the Firecrackers.
“Chey is a big, strong athlete,” said head coach Mike White. “She is a power pitcher and could really impress early. She was a bit under-recruited because she played on a small club team before joining the Firecrackers, but we really think we found someone special.”