LA Tech signs JUCO Softball All-American infielder Gonzalez

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RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech head coach Maria Winn announced Thursday that she has signed the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year in Howard College infielder Amanda Gonzalez to a national letter of intent.

“Amanda is a very explosive type of player both offensively and defensively,” said Winn. “She comes from Howard College  which is a powerhouse junior college in West Texas. She was the 2019 NFCA National Player of the year. She is a grinder and brings a lot of high experience to the team. She is the type of player every coach wants in their program. We are very excited to welcome Amanda to LA Tech.”

Gonzalez has spent the past two years at Howard College where she helped lead the program to the conference title and the regional championship in 2019 (the 2020 season was cut short due to the coronavirus). As a freshman she batted .505 with 27 doubles, 29 home runs, 97 runs, 102 RBI and 33 stolen bases while earning the Schutt Sports/NFCA NJCAA Division 1 National Player of the Year award.

During an abbreviated sophomore campaign, Gonzalez batted .485 with 11 home runs, 35 runs, 29 RBI and 10 stolen bases.

“I chose LA Tech because I loved the size of the campus and I felt welcomed by everyone,” said Gonzalez. “Everyone I talked to made it easy to understand. Although I couldn’t see the softball facility and field, I saw renderings of what they are building and what I will get to play on when I come to Ruston. I believe the coaching staff can make me a better and stronger player.  I can’t wait to be a part of the team and help win games.”

The Santa Monica, California, native prepped at Santa Monica High School where she earned numerous honors, including the Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and the Outstanding Player of the Year as a senior in the Ocean League. She was named the CIF Most Valuable Player and an All-American as a senior.

Gonzalez joins a class that already includes infielder Kailyn “KB” Briley (Sterlington, La./Sterlington HS), infielder Tristin Court (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall Health HS), infielder Carolina Easom (Shreveport, La./Airline HS), outfielder Olivia Ellingson (Federal Way, Washington/Puyallup HS), pitcher Emma Hutchinson (Holden, La./Holden HS), and pitcher/infielder Lauren Menzina (Ruston, La./Cedar Creek HS), outfielder Tanjala Smith (Killeen, Texas/Tyler JC) and infielder Gentry Spinks (Mandeville, La./Archbishop Hannan HS).

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