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CN's Lucas commits to Oakland University for softball

May 5, 2014
Columbus North High School

        Columbus North junior Kelsay Lucas has made an oral commitment to play softball at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.
        A third baseman-pitcher, Lucas is hitting .385 with 20 hits in 52 at-bats so far this season for the 10-7 Bull Dogs. She has scored 12 runs while producing eight doubles, one home run and 20 RBIs. As a sophomore, Lucas hit .429 with 10 doubles and 21 RBIs. As a freshman, Lucas hit .342 with seven doubles and 20 RBIs.
        In the circle, Lucas has no decisions with one strikeout in 6.2 innings this season. As a sophomore, Lucas was 4-3 with 30 strikeouts and a 2.72 ERA in 36.0 innings. As a freshman, Lucas was 6-3 with 38 strikeouts and a 2.58 ERA in 62.1 innings.
        Lucas will be joining an Oakland program that is part of Horizon League, an NCAA Division I conference that includes Valparaiso University and six other schools. The Golden Grizzlies are 16-23 overall 5-9 in HL games through May 4.
        Other softball-playing teams in the conference are Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wright State, Youngstown State, Cleveland State, Illinois-Chicago and Detroit.
        Oakland is coached by Connie Miner, who is in her second season with the Golden Grizzlies. Previously, Miner was head coach at Eastern Michigan (1998-1996), San Jose State (1997-2000) and UC-Riverside (2004-2011). She also has been an assistant coach at UC-Riverside and North Carolina.
        Lucas expects to sign a national letter of intent with Oakland in November and begin school there in the 2015-16 academic year. She will start playing for the Golden Grizzlies in the 2016 season.
        Miner cannot comment on Lucas until after Lucas signs a national letter of intent.

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