Softball Adds All-American Jen Salling

April 3, 2009

SEATTLE - The No. 3 University of Washington softball team added a key player to their roster Friday, signing transfer Jen Salling, an All-American shortstop and member of the Canadian National Team.

Salling spent one season (2007) at Oregon where she was nominated as one of the top 10 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the only freshman to be named a finalist. She was named First Team All-American after finishing in the top-10 of the NCAA in batting average (second), slugging percentage (sixth) and runs batted in per game (ninth). She was also in the top-three in 11 different Pac-10 statistical categories, including on-base percentage (second), walks (second) and total bases (second).

A shortstop, Salling was also a leader defensively with 192 assists. She finished the 2007 season with a .481 average and 14 home runs and was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

A four-year member of the Canadian National Team, Salling played on the same team as current Husky pitcher Danielle Lawrie in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She started at shortstop and batted clean up in each of the team's games, leading Canada to the medal round.

Salling will be eligible to play this weekend when the Huskies host Arizona and Arizona State in their first Pac-10 action at Husky Softball Stadium. UW will take on No. 9 Arizona today at 1 p.m. and will battle the defending national champion and fourth-ranked Sun Devils on Saturday at 3 p.m. and again on Sunday at Noon.

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