Surrounded by scores of friends and family members, senior Lauren McConnell signed her National Letter of Intent (NLI) Wednesday afternoon to continue her education and softball career at Fort Wayne.
McConnell has established herself as one of the top pitchers in Northwest Indiana. Through her first three seasons, the right-hander amassed 30 wins and 572 strikeouts in just 310 innings pitched. She spun two perfect games and four no-hitters in 2017 before guiding Marquette to a sectional title appearance. McConnell compiled a 1.32 earned-run average in 18 starts last season while hashing out a 13-5 record.
At the plate, McConnell batted .639 with 21 doubles and 31 runs batted in as a junior. She set a career watermark in hits last season with 53. For her career, McConnell owns a .668 batting average courtesy of 141 hits, 58 runs scored, 45 doubles, 15 triples, and six homers.
McConnell has also been a standout in the classroom to the tune of a 3.86 GPA.
Fort Wayne, previously referred to as IPFW, is an NCAA Division I institution that competes in the Summit League.