July 31, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery announced that Natalie Moran will join the Lady Techster softball program this fall after a stellar prep career in California.
Moran spent the past three years lettering on the varsity at South Hills High School in Covina, California where she caught for the Huskies while leading the program to the 2011 CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship finals.
"Natalie is a gifted athlete and will provide some much needed depth at our catcher position," said Montgomery. "She also has the potential to become a fantastic hitter as well."
During her high school career, Moran recorded a .385 batting average, a .458 on-base average and a .542 slugging percentage while earning first team all-Sierra League honors at catcher. She was also named to the San Gabriel Valley South all-star team and received the Coaches Award as a junior and the Varsity Leadership Award.
"I chose Louisiana Tech because I fell in love with the campus and athletic facilities right away, and I knew this small, southern environment was the right fit for me," said Moran. "With my busy softball schedule and workouts, the academic quarter system will also help me manage my studies. Plus, the biology department will grant a minor in chemistry once I complete course work for my bachelors of science degree in biology."
Moran played travel ball for Nemesis Elite where she helped lead the team to a Top 10 finish at the 2013 Fireworks Tournament in Aurora, Colorado and a fourth place finish at the 2013 Champions Cup in Irvine, California.
She graduated with honors from South Hills where she was a member of the National Honor Society and was a four-time scholar athlete.
Moran joins an in-coming class for Montgomery and Co. that includes a pair of Division I transfers in Lindsey Neyland and Lexi Callan, a junior college transfer in Bianca Duran and five other high school prep stars in Kaitlyn Williams, Tori Charters, Pauline Tufi, Amanda Gray and Taylor Penn.