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Husky Softball adds star freshman transfer infielder from Rutgers

Taryn Atlee, a middle infielder originally from Sacramento, CA, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a top 25 finalist for National Freshman of the Year

Coming off of an appearance in the national semifinals, head coach Heather Tarr is reloading the roster for another run. Taryn Atlee, a middle infielder transfer from Rutgers, has announced her transfer to the University of Washington.

The resume for Atlee, in terms of info, statistics and awards:

  • Bats left, throws right.
  • From Sacramento, California, but attended high school in Santa Ana.
  • Slashed .393/.443/.500
  • Led Scarlet Knights in hits (66), batting average (.393), and triples (4)
  • Had the team’s longest hitting streak (12 games)
  • Taryn’s 66 hits ranked 2nd in the Big Ten. It also marked the 2nd-best single-season total in Rutgers program history.
  • Started all 51 games for the Scarlet Knights, 34 at second base and 17 at shortstop.
  • First-team all-Big Ten
  • Top-25 finalist for Schutt Sports national freshman of the year, which means UW now has both middle infielders with that distinction, as Sis Bates was a top-10 finalist.
  • Won a national championship with her travel team, the Orange County Batbusters 14U, the same team which brought us catcher Morganne Flores (although Flores is a year older, so I’m not sure if they played together).

With the graduation of Ali Aguilar, there was a clear hole at one of the infield spots: Thomas or DePonte will remain at first, with the other as DP. Taylor Van Zee and Sis Bates both have the ability to move to shortstop if needed, but then you need a new 2B/3B. My guess is that Van Zee will stay at third, while Bates and Atlee will fill the two middle infield positions, in some order.

Go Dawgs.