Zoe Conley Named Alternate for USA Junior National Team
Courtesy of CSUN Athletics
CSUN softball pitcher Zoe Conley, the 2015 Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and a First Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-West Region honoree, has been added to the USA Softball Junior National Team as an alternate as they prepare for a pair of international tournaments this summer. She will join CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers, the Junior National Team head coach, in Oklahoma City as international play brings two summer tournaments for the squad.
In the recently completed 2015 season, Conley became the first CSUN pitcher to earn First Team NFCA All-West Region honors since Amy Windmiller received the honors in the 1994 season.
Originally from Berkeley, Calif., Conley finished the season at 19-7 with a 1.84 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 156.1 innings of work. Opponents batted .229 off Conley this season and her ERA finished 30th among all eligible pitchers in Division I.
Conley won three Big West Pitcher of the Week honors and was named one of 25 finalists for the NFCA Freshman of the Year. She recorded a career-high 16 strikeouts and tossed CSUN's first no-hitter since 2008 in a victory over Utah Valley. Her league-high eight shutouts tied her for 21st among all eligible pitchers in Division I.
She will join her teammates and Coach Flowers in Oklahoma City this week for training camp. The team will practice with the National Team throughout the week and participate in scrimmages that are free for the public to attend.
Members for both teams will begin the training camp Monday morning at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. In addition to training, members of the JWNT will also participate in two scrimmages against local ASA/USA 18U teams on Tuesday and Wednesday, while both the JWNT and WNT will hold a scrimmage on Thursday night on OGE Energy Field.
Following training camp, the teams will head to Houston, Texas for some exhibition games before the JWNT travels to Maryland for more exhibitions and training. The World Cup of Softball runs from June 29-July 5 and pits the JWNT against a host of international competition.
After the World Cup, the team will compete in the the WBSC Junior Women's World Championship (JWWC), August 9-15 in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex.
Portions of this release courtesy of USA Softball