Jan 18, 2013 1:22 PM by UL Sports Information
Victoria Brown, a right-handed pitcher who attended the University of Arkansas last season, has transferred to the Ragin' Cajuns softball program, head coach Michael Lotief announced Friday.
Brown, who did not compete at Arkansas in 2012 and redshirted, is eligible to begin competing for the Cajuns in the upcoming season and has four years of eligibility remaining.
A native of La Porte, Texas, Brown attended Clear Lake High School where she was a four-year starter for the Falcons. She helped lead CLHS to a berth in the 2011 Texas Class 5A State Championship playoffs during her senior campaign.
Brown received first team all-district honors and was named most valuable player as a junior. As a sophomore, she earned second team all-district honors and topped the Houston Chronicle's charts for lowest ERA.
In the summer of 2006, Brown was the youngest participant to try out for the U.S. Olympic Team. She has been playing softball since she was four years old.
"I have known Victoria since she was 14 and tracked her progress throughout high school," Lotief said. "I think this place is a great fit for her - it's close to home so that her family can be a part of her college experience and provide additional support structure.
"We expect Victoria to find happiness and acceptance here, and thus she will shine and chase her potential," Lotief added. "She is a fierce competitor with a great attitude and a ‘will to win'. We are excited to welcome her to the Ragin' Cajuns family."
Brown is the third Division I transfer to join Louisiana for 2013. During the summer months, Baylor's Shelbi Redfearn and Kansas' Kristin Martinez made the move to Cajun Country.
"These kids are hungry for another chance in an environment that is just as challenging and intense," Lotief said. "But with more of a family setting where everybody cares about helping each other on the journey."
The Ragin' Cajuns are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history. Louisiana finished the 2012 season with a record of 53-6, won a NCAA regional title at Lamson Park and came within one victory of reaching the Women's College World Series.
The squad returns five position starters, led by senior shortstop Nerissa Myers, and will be led by Jordan Wallace (27-2, 2.26 ERA in 2012) in the circle.
UL opens the 2013 season Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 9-10 at the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic. The home opener at Lamson Park is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13 vs. Mississippi State.