University of Northern Iowa head softball coach Ryan Jacobs today announced the addition of transfer pitcher/first baseman Chelsea Ross to the Panther squad for next season.
"Chelsea is a dual threat," Jacobs said. "She is a hard throwing pitcher who can shut people down, and a middle of the lineup hitter with tremendous power. She will add great depth to our pitching staff and some pop in our offense."
Ross (Kansas City, Mo./Liberty HS) will transfer from Oklahoma State and will be a sophomore next season for the UNI Panthers. Ross was named the Kansas City Metro Player of the Year as a prep pitcher.
As a high school senior, Ross tallied 18 wins and a 0.73 earned run average. She also earned first-team all-state, all-conference, all-district and all-region honors as a senior. Ross earned second-team all-state honors as a sophomore. She was a four-time all-conference, all-district and all-metro selection and was a three-time all-region choice.
Ross batted .426 with 12 home runs and 120 RBI in her prep career. She tallied 66 career wins with 676 strikeouts and a 1.17 earned run average as well.
Ross was also recruited by Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri State and Wichita State.
Ross is the daughter of Rhonda and the late Dan Ross. She plans to major in business at UNI.