NewsGahanna Lincoln Softball Standout Signs with MVNU
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s fastpitch softball team has added a player to its roster for the 2006 season as Karly Clay has signed a letter of intent to further her education and continue her softball career at MVNU.
Clay, a third baseman/catcher/outfielder from Gahanna, Ohio, helped lead Gahanna Lincoln High School to a 70-23 overall record during her career on the varsity team that included a 24-4 record her senior year as the team won the Ohio Capital Conference title with a 10-0 record. The team also won back-to-back district titles in 2003 and 2004 and finished as the Division I State runner-up in 2003.
As a senior, Clay batted .426 overall with a .483 batting average in conference play. She also led the team with 25 RBI as she was named to the OCC Second Team and the All-Central District First Team. In addition, she received both the Bill Withrow Blue and Gold Award and the Byron Prushing Award.
"We are excited about the addition of Karly to our team,” said MVNU head coach Jeana Howald. "She has the chance to be an impact player right away for us at third base, and she will also see action behind the plate. She is the kind of well-rounded student-athlete who will make our program better both on and off the field.”
In addition to playing softball, Clay was a two-year letterwinner and captain in both volleyball and basketball as she earned her team’s Most Valuable Player award twice in volleyball.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Clay of her college choice. "I wanted to be involved in a successful softball program with an established coach and a Christian atmosphere. I like the Christian lifestyle at MVNU and want to be part of the growing tradition there. MVNU is also close enough for my parents to watch me play.”
MVNU posted a 17-18 overall record in 2005 and just missed making the American Mideast Conference Tournament by one game. Seven of the Lady Cougars’ losses were by one run, while six other losses came by two runs as MVNU was very competitive throughout the season.