LAFAYETTE, La. – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball head coach Gerry Glasco announced on Friday the addition of transfer pitcher Megan Kleist.
A 2018 NFCA First Team All-American and the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Kleist comes to Louisiana after spending the first three seasons of her career at Oregon.
“For a coach, team and program to have a great player, and more importantly a selfless player like Megan Kleist choose to join your program is a tremendous honor,” Glasco stated. “It speaks volumes about coach Mike Roberts that she relishes the opportunity to play for him in her final season.
“She is clearly one of the most talented pitchers in the country, but what makes her truly special is her personality and attitude.” Glasco added. “She is as selfless as any pitcher I have followed.”
During her three-year stay in Oregon, Kleist won at least 15 games each year on the way to accumulating a 59-18 mark, posted a 1.60 ERA over 477 innings pitched and limited foes to a .207 average.
She also claimed Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors, was awarded All-American accolades in 2017 and was a NFCA All-Pacific Region selection three times.
Kleist delivered a second consecutive 20-win campaign during the 2018 season, crafting a 21-7 record with a 1.32 ERA and 221 strikeouts against just 21 walks in 179-2/3 innings pitched. She tossed a no-hitter against eventual national champion Florida State, pitched a one-hitter against then-No. 2 Oklahoma and sported a 12-2 mark with a 1.19 ERA against the rigorous Pac-12 schedule.
In the final NCAA rankings, Kleist ranked inside the Top 25 for: earned run average, fewest hits allowed, shutouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, total strikeouts, strikeouts per seven innings, victories and fewest walks allowed.
As a sophomore, Kleist recorded a 21-5 mark, allowed three earned runs or less in each of her 29 starts and led the Pac-12 with nine shutouts. In her collegiate debut season (2016), she appeared in 29 games with 22 starts, pitched six complete games, earned two saves and ranked third in the NCAA for fewest walks allowed (12 in 127-2/3 innings).
Rated the No. 40 recruit in the nation by FloSoftball out of Kimberly High School in Appleton, Wisc., Kleist pitched for current Ragin’ Cajuns pitching coach Mike Roberts in select softball with Phoenix Jr. in Green Bay.
“We are thrilled to not only have a pitcher with such great talent choose to join us,” Glasco remarked. “But we’re even more thrilled to have an individual with high character and someone who possesses the characteristics of a great teammate.”
The 2019 season marks the second season for Louisiana under the guidance of Gerry Glasco. In 2018, Louisiana reached 40 wins for the 20th straight season and was ranked in both major national Top 25 polls the entire season, finishing No. 18/19 in the final edition of the rankings.