Glendora, Calif. - Citrus College sophomore softball player Jade Nua has signed a scholarship offer with NCAA DI Fresno State University. Nua is the first Owl from the 2017 team to sign a scholarship offer.
"I really liked the campus, and the coaching staff at Fresno State," Nua said. "They're a winning program, and I'm looking forward to staying in a competitive environment where I'll get a chance to finish out my degree."
Nua capped her Citrus career after being named the Western State Conference East Division Player of the Year, a California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association All-State selection, and just the program's fifth ever National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American.
Her 2017 season saw her finish 11th in the entire State in runs (57), sixth in RBIs (62), fourth in home runs (16), and second in batting average (.582) of those individuals with at least 50 at bats. She led the State in walks (42), on-base percentage (.725), and slugging percentage (1.235). Her 42 walks ties her for the most in by an individual player in State history.
"Citrus has played such a huge role for me. I wasn't highly recruited by any four-year school out of high school, and I hit it off with Coach Boxley when they were recruiting me to come to Citrus," Nua said. "Citrus has given me a chance to grow as a player and as a person. It has really set me up for this opportunity."
Along with making her mark in the State history books, Nua pretty much rewrote all of the offensive program records. She is now the single season program leader in batting average, RBIs, runs, and on-base percentage. She is second in slugging percentage and home runs. Nua finished her career with the second highest batting average in program history (.480), and is now first in the following categories: runs (80), home runs (19), RBIs (84), walks (70), on-base percentage (.639), and slugging percentage (.886).
"Jade is one of my favorite players to have ever come through this program," said Citrus College Head Softball Coach Jackie Boxley. "Jade never complained and always worked hard on and off the field. This scholarship is a direct reflection of that hard work. We will miss her ever present smile on campus, but we're excited that Fresno State is going to get that experience for themselves."