MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Alabama softball head coach Becky Clark announced Tuesday that Junior College All-American infielder Odalys Cordova (pronounced OH-Dallas) has joined the roster for the upcoming 2022 season.
Cordova is one of six newcomers to the squad as she joins Erin McGlothlin (Homestead, Fla. – Keys Gate Charter School), Rachel Everett (Hartland High School – Hartland, Mich.), Stephanie Gonzalez (Pembroke Pines Charter High School – Pembroke, Fla.), Gabby Stagner (Faith Academy – Mobile, Ala.) and Shelby Garrett (Frostproof Middle Senior High School – Frostproof, Fla.) who were announced as part of the 2022 class last fall.
“Going into the summer we had the mentality that we were only going to add a transfer(s) who we felt could come in and make an immediate impact,” Clark said. “Odalys is an impact player and has shown she can put up impact numbers. She makes things happen on both sides of the ball. Defensively, she has great range, hands, and overall softball IQ. Offensively, she can hit for both average and power with speed mixed in as well. I think she will be a great compliment to a team that is headed in a positive direction and focused on winning at a high level.”
5-4 | Infielder
College of Central Florida | Univ. of Florida | Timber Creek HS
The 5-foot-4 infielder arrives in Mobile after lettering the past two seasons at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Fla. This past season, Cordova was named the Florida College System Activities Association Player of the Year, as well as NJCAA Region 8 First-Team All-American after leading the Lady Pats to a 44-8 overall record and a 19-2 conference record as the program captured the Mid-Florida Conference Championship and finished 10th in the national poll. She also earned first-team all-conference honors and was selected as the FCSAA Female Athlete of the Year.
Cordova was part of a CCF offense that batted .429, had 660 hits, 104 doubles, 20 triples and scored 494 runs. The Lady Patriots led the nation in stolen bases with 236. Cordova was responsible for 20 of the Patriot’s 53 home runs and batted .480 as she was 82-for-171 at the plate. She posted a .533 on-base percentage and a 1.006 slugging percentage, while scoring 64 runs, recording 20 doubles and driving in 100 runners. Cordova also hit five triples to give her 45 extra-base hits on the year, and was 24 of 25 in her stolen base attempts. She walked 23 times and struck out just four times.
The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native ranked among the NJCAA leaders in batting average (34th), doubles (T-17th), home runs (T-25th), RBI (third) and slugging percentage (14th). She posted at least one hit in all but three games and reached base safely in all but two. She had 24 multi-hit outings, including seven three-hit performances, and registered 28 multi-RBI games and finished with four or more on seven occasions
During the 2020 season, which was shortened due to the pandemic, Cordova helped CCF to a 30-1 record and registered a slash line of .419/.481/.656. She recorded 39 hits in her 93 at-bats with eight doubles, one triple and four home runs, while scoring 21 runs, driving in 32 runs and stealing four bases. She walked 11 times and struck out just four times. Cordova posted 12 multi-hit games and had eight multi-RBI outings driving in a season-high five runs in game one of a doubleheader versus North Idaho College as she was 3-for-3 with a home run. Cordova registered 12 games with at least one extra-base hit that season and recorded one hit in 26 of her 30 games played, reaching base safely in all but three contests.
Cordova began her career at Florida, but was redshirted. She played at the prep level at Timber Creek High School where she was a Miracle Sports First-Team Class 9A all-state selection as a senior. She batted .423 over her final two seasons at TCHS and was twice selected to compete for the Puerto Rican Junior National Team (2017 and 2015). She earned Miracle Sports All-State First Team Class 2A honors in 2013 and played travel ball for EC Bullets.
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