EUGENE – The University of Oregon softball team welcomed its second member of next year’s freshman class after Lexy Beaudrie-Pierson signed a National Letter of Intent.
The Scottsdale, Ariz., native was an all-city outfielder for Desert Mountain High School the last two seasons, and was the team’s Offensive MVP and a Senior All-Stars choice this year.
Off the field, the National Honor Society member also received the Academic Achievement Award and Athletic-Academic Honor Student laurels.
In club action, she will play this summer for one of the area’s top teams – the Arizona Storm – a squad that placed fifth nationally in the 2012 PGF Tournament.
"We are very excited to announce the addition of Lexy to our newcomer class," Oregon head coach Mike White said. "She is a dynamic athlete blessed with speed, and as a slapper creates havoc for defenses. She has excellent range in the outfield and a strong arm. Her academic credentials are equally impressive, and she will fit well into our current team."
Last fall, the Ducks announced their first member of the signee class – Nikki Udria. The Covina, Calif., native was a four-time all-league pick for Mater Dei High School, and won Trinity League MVP honors in 2012 and '13. In prior seasons, the 5-11 infielder was the defensive player of the year and rookie of the year in 2011 and ’10, respectively.
In summer club action, Udria has played for the Corona Angels, and her squad posted three, top-10 finishes in the national tournament in 2010 (second), ’11 (fifth) and ‘12 (ninth).
Looking forward to joining the team in September, the duo will hope to continue the success of several recent first-year Ducks.
Three Oregon players picked up All-Pac-12 Freshman Team honors in May – utility player Koral Costa, pitcher Cheridan Hawkins and catcher Janelle Lindvall, and All-America centerfielder Janie Takeda was a similar selection in 2012.
The duo’s arrival will help ease the loss of four seniors that capped distinguished careers in 2013 – the All-America trio of second baseman Kaylan Howard, pitcher Jessica Moore and outfielder Samantha Pappas, and former All-Region choice Allie Burger.
Team-wise, the Ducks enjoyed another record-breaking campaign in White's fourth year at the helm. En route to their first-ever Pac-12 title, Oregon posted its second-highest overall win total (50), and its best rankings in both coaches polls (No. 3) in the regular season’s final edition.
Oregon advanced to its fourth straight Super Regional appearance (and ever) before it lost the three-game series, 2-1, to #14 seed and Big Ten Runner-up Nebraska.
The Ducks were 16-0 at home at Howe Field during the regular season, then posted a 4-2 postseason mark.
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