Mowatt, Miranda, Balko set to join Washington Glory

Washington GloryJune 10, 2008Talented Rookies Cleared to Play Following NCAA Playoffs

With the NCAA Softball playoffs completed, the 2007 National Pro Fastpitch Champion Washington Glory can expect the services of first-year players P. Taryne Mowatt, C. Callista Balko, and UTIL Cambria Miranda for their home series against the Venezuelan national team starting June 19 at the Westfield Sports Complex. Mowatt and Miranda will join the team in Akron, OH, this weekend.

“The series with Venezuela should provide a terrific launch pad for our three new rookies,” said Head Coach Carie Dever-Boaz.

New draftees include Mowatt, the 2007 ESPY Female College Athlete of the Year out of the University of Arizona and Miranda, the first team All-Pac-10 Conference utility player from Oregon State University. The team also added All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention Balko from the University of Arizona as an undrafted free agent.

While they reflect on their memorable college careers, the three players look forward to exhilarating and successful professional futures with the Glory.

Though many pitchers capture attention from fans and coaches, Mowatt is a true standout. She is a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, four-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, USA Softball Player of the Week and the 2007 Womens College World Series Most Outstanding Player. Mowatt was a clear contributor to the Wildcats when she set single-season records for innings pitched (370), strikeouts (522), and victories (42) in 2007, starting 53 of their 65 games and appearing in all but five contests.

“Mowatt has proven herself on the collegiate level and we all look forward to having her join our pitching corps”, said Dever-Boaz. “With Mowatt, Desiree Serrano, Lisa Ferguson and Sarah Pauly, our opponents will never have an easy game.”

Another of Glory’s draft pick is Oregon State’s Miranda who has a strong reputation for her talent at the plate. During the Beavers’ 2007 season alone, she accomplished an eight-game hitting streak (Mar. 9-17) supporting a .328 season batting average and led her team in nearly every offensive category with 10 doubles, 11 home runs and six triples.

A Tucson native and free agent signee, Balko was one of the most talented catchers in the NCAA. She compiled numerous honors, including First-Team All-Pacific Region and gaining the All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention consecutively for two years, In 2007, Balko tied for second on the team with 10 home runs and caught every pitch of every game for the second straight year.

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