The Seward County Community College softball program has announced that sophomore, Becky Holland, will sign a National Letter of Intent on Friday, April 29 at to play softball at Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) for the 2006-2007 school year. There will be a signing ceremony held for Holland this Friday at 10:30 a.m., in the SCCC All-American room located in the SCCC activities building. SCCC Head Coach, Andrea Gustafson, and Assistant Coach, Renee Metzker, will join Northwestern Oklahoma State University Head Coach, Cody Hooper, for the official signing of the sophomore right-handed pitcher. All friends, family, SCCC staff and faculty and Lady Saints softball supporters are welcome to attend the signing ceremony.

Holland, a native of Sublette, Kansas, helped guide the Lady Saints last year to a 46-22 overall record, their first ever Jayhawk West Conference title and also their program’s first Region VI Tournament championship. In 2005, Holland broke every Seward County pitching record that had been set in the programs seven year history.

Holland set program records with 26 wins, 229.1 innings pitched, 2.02 earned run average (ERA), .764 winning percentage (26-8 record), 130 strikeouts, and 38 games pitched. During her stellar freshman campaign she was awarded the NJCAA National Pitcher of the Week award on April 5, 2005. Earning the respect from conference and regional coaches led Holland to being named a Second Team Jayhawk West All-Conference performer and also a NJCAA Division I All-Region VI selection.

This season the right-handed pitcher has continued her success on the mound with a 14-9 overall record and with a team-best 2.57 ERA and 74 strikeouts.

NWOSU, located in Alva, Okla., plays in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) which is considered by many to be among the elite NAIA softball conferences in the country. NWOSU Head Softball Coach, Cody Hooper, is again leading the Lady Rangers towards another 30-win season as they currently stand at 28-19 overall. In his sixth season as head coach at NWOSU, Hooper has an overall head coaching record of 176-135 (.566 %) with four 30 win seasons already on file.

When asked about Holland and the type of style she presents on the softball field, Hooper feels that the sky is the limit for the Lady Saints hurler.

“I think she has a lot of pitches that she can throw effectively, she keeps the ball down and I think she has a lot of potential left,” says Hooper.

Hooper is aware of the quality person and player that Holland is and what her experience from playing at Seward County will do for her and for his program next season.

“She is obviously a winner, she has played for a winning program and knows how to win,” says Hooper. “Becky is a good fit for us here. She is a good kid and will come in and help us next year.”