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Softball Adds Three Transfers for Upcoming 2023 Season

Jul 11, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah head softball coach Amy Hogue announced the additions of transfers Chloe Doyle, Sarah Ladd and Taylor Tidwell to the roster for the upcoming 2023 season. All three will join the Utes with two years of eligibility left to play.

Familiar with the Pac-12, Doyle makes her way to Utah after playing two seasons on The Farm with the Stanford Cardinal.

"Chloe brings Pac-12 and postseason experience behind the plate and is going to be a great asset for our team," Hogue said. "She leads by example with her work ethic and how she goes about her business on and off the field. We look forward to having Chloe in Salt Lake and having her wear a Utah uniform."

Starting 19 games while making 32 appearances in her sophomore campaign, Doyle saw action at both catcher and designated player. She batted .229 with three runs scored, three RBI, a triple and hit her first career home run at the OSU/Tulsa Invitational against DePaul. Doyle had her best game at the plate in a win over UIC, where she drove in two runs while going 2-for-3 and picked up her second multi-hit game of her career against San Jose State the next day. Behind the plate, Doyle caught Regan Krause's no-hitter against Mount St. Mary's and Alana Vawter's perfect game against Fresno State in back-to-back games. 

During her freshman season in 2021, Doyle made four appearances off the bench and scored a run in a win over UC Santa Barbara. Doyle has also excelled academically for the Cardinal, being named to the 2021 and 2022 Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll.

A native of Brighton, Colo., Doyle attended Brighton High School where she was a dual sport athlete competing on both the softball and basketball teams for the Bulldogs. On the diamond, Doyle was a two-time captain and helped guide her team to four EMAC league titles and a regional championship. She was selected to the Colorado Coaches All-State second team and was the EMAC Player of the Year in 2019, batting an impressive .535 with an OPS of 1.607. A three-time all-conference first team honoree, Doyle was tabbed all-conference honorable mention in her freshman season. Doyle finished her high school career with a .452 batting average. On the court, Doyle was named the Defensive Player of the Year and was recognized for her hard work in the classroom, being named State All-Academic four times. 

Chloe is the daughter of Julie and Michael Doyle and has one bother named Calvin.
 
Joining the pitching staff, Ladd makes her way to Utah after spending three seasons in East Lansing, Mich., playing for Michigan State. A lefty, Ladd owns a career 3.01 ERA with 250 strikeouts and one shutout in 29 starts and 70 total appearances in the circle. She has thrown seven complete games and combined with the Spartan pitching staff for another four shutouts over 239.2 innings of work.

"Sarah will be a great addition to our pitching staff this upcoming season," Hogue said. "Her competitive nature and willingness to learn and grow will help propel our pitching staff to the next level. We are excited to have Sarah back on the west coast and ready to compete in the Pac-12."

Ladd saw one of her strongest seasons in the circle for the Spartans in 2022 owning a 2.98 ERA (13th in Big Ten) in 28 appearances with 10 starts. She threw two complete games, one being her first career shutout against Detroit Mercy where she struck out a career high 11 batters, and picked up two saves with 89 strikeouts in 96.1 innings pitched.

Ladd made 28 appearances, starting nine games in her sophomore campaign posting a 3.33 ERA and reached the century mark in strikeouts for the first time in her career with 105 in 84 innings pitched. In the Big Ten, she ranked second in saves (3), third in strikeouts per seven innings (8.8, 40th nationally), seventh in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.38, 61st nationally) and 11th in strikeouts. Ladd also excelled in the classroom, being named to the Academic All-Big Ten team for the first time in her career.

Ladd had an impressive college debut in 2020 during the shortened season, ranking 10th in the Big Ten in strikeouts (69), third in total appearances (19), sixth in relief appearances (7) and seventh in innings pitched (75.1). She finished with a 3.81 ERA and tossed the first two complete games of her career at the B1G-ACC Challenge, striking out 10 in 12.2 innings pitched over the weekend.

A native of Los Alamitos, Calif., Ladd attended Los Alamitos High School where she was a three-time Sunset League Champion, two-time Sunset League First Team selection and was named the Pitcher of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, Ladd helped the Griffins to a CIF Southern Section, State and National Championship in 2017.

Off the field, Ladd was an NFCA All-America Scholar Recipient, Los Alamitos Scholar Athlete Award recipient, three-time Academic Award of Excellence recipient and three-time selection to the Sunset Conference All-Academic team.

Sarah is the daughter of Keith and Gina Ladd and has two siblings named Kevin and Caitie. Her mother, Gina, played softball at Oregon State and Caitie and Sarah reunited as teammates for the Spartans in 2020.
 
Tidwell joins the Utes after playing three seasons with LSU as an infielder. Tidwell took a redshirt this past season for medical reasons. 

"Taylor comes from a strong SEC program and has the potential to be a game changer for us," said Hogue. "We love Taylor's mindset and the experience that she will bring to our team. We believe Taylor is ready to come in and make an immediate impact on the field for us and we can't wait for her to be a Ute."  

In 2021, Tidwell appeared in 49 games with 36 of them being starts at second base. In 65 plate appearances, she collected 10 hits and hit a career high five home runs as her speed on the base paths scored 14 runs while going a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases. In the field, Tidwell recorded a career high six putouts twice against ULM and Auburn.

During the shortened 2020 season, Tidwell saw her best year at the plate recording 13 hits and a .351 batting average in 37 plate appearances. She added a career best 14 RBI, four doubles, one triple and three home runs with a .757 slugging percentage.

As a freshman in 2019, Tidwell played in six games as a pinch hitter or at short stop and went on to post a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage while tallying two RBI and an on-base percentage of .333.

A native of Gonzales, La., Tidwell was a dual sport athlete at St. Amant High School and was a three-time letter winner in both volleyball and softball. She was also a three-time honor roll selection.

For the softball team, Tidwell led her team to three straight District Championships and in her junior season led them to the quarter finals after hitting .499 to go along with a .919 slugging percentage, .542 on-base percentage, nine home runs, 15 doubles and 63 runs scored to earn District MVP, First Team All-State, All-Metro and All-District honors.

Tidwell saw another excellent season in her sophomore year, earning First Team All-District, First Team All-Metro and Second Team All-State after helping her team to the quarter finals and a district championship while batting .504 with a .922 slugging percentage, .542 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 60 runs scored. As a freshman, Tidwell made an immediate impact being tabbed First Team All-District, Second Team All-Metro and All-State Honorable Mention. She hit .443 and finished with a .516 on-base percentage with five home runs and 60 runs scored.

Taylor is the daughter of Lawrence and Elaine Tidwell and has one brother named Tyler.