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IU softball adds shortstop transfer



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IU head coach Shonda Stanton bows her head during the game against Michigan on March 27 at Andy Mohr Field. IU picked up two new players on Monday. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

IU softball announced Thursday that shortstop Grayson Radcliffe, formerly of Marshall University, will be transferring to IU for her sophomore season. 

“Our coaching staff is honored Grayson chose Indiana with the number of quality options presented after announcing her decision to transfer,” IU Coach Shonda Stanton said in a press release. “We developed a strong relationship with her over the years through the recruiting process at Marshall and we enthusiastically welcome her to the Hoosier family.”

Radcliffe started in 53 games last season with a .299 batting average for the Thundering Herd. She collected 30 hits, 15 RBIs and 21 walks, and also scored 16 runs. Those 21 walks were tied for the most on the team and is the sixth-most drawn in a single season by a freshman at Marshall.

“Grayson can flat out play," Stanton said. "She has great range at shortstop, a strong softball IQ and is a leader on the ball field."

In high school in Rockville, Virginia, Radcliffe ended her senior season with a .623 batting average, 34 RBIs and five home runs. Radcliffe was a four-time All-Region and two-time First Team All-Metro selection for Patrick Henry High School.

“I chose Indiana because of the culture rooted in the softball program,” Radcliffe said in the release. “The opportunity to play at a Power Five school with state of the art facilities and a great education has always been a goal of mine, and the chance to compete against the best in the game is always a gift.” 

Radcliffe is leaving a 25-29-1 Marshall team to join a 26-30 IU team that won 17 out of its 23 Big Ten Conference games, tying its most Big Ten wins since 1994.

Declan McLaughlin

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