A first-team all-American at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2017, slugging shortstop DJ Sanders has announced her intentions to transfer to Oregon for her senior season.
In a post on Facebook, Sanders announced her intention to transfer and thanked several individuals in Lafayette, including, of note, new head coach Gerry Glasco. It was confirmed to JWOS that Glasco reversed the school administration’s previous edict and will be granting a full release to Sanders to be able to play right away at her new school.
Sanders earned all-American honors for the first time in 2017 after hitting .388 as a junior with twenty-nine home runs and a 1.013 slugging percentage. She led the nation in six different statistical categories, including home runs and runs per game. Her eighty-two runs batted in was also the best mark in the country.
Twice an all-Sun Belt performer, Sanders earned second-team all-region honors in 2016 and was named to the first team in 2017. She was a top-ten finalist for the National Player of the Year award a season ago, as well.
The Ragin Cajuns’ starting shortstop for all three of her seasons in Lafayette, Sanders hit fifty-one home runs and drove in 167 runs as one of Michael Lotief’s finest offensive disciples in recent history.
She fills an immediate need in Oregon’s lineup, replacing the graduated Nikki Udria at shortstop and in the heart of the Ducks’ batting order.