Article, 2010 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Women's Softball
Ohlone softball players Colker, Miller bound for Division I programs
By Matt Schwab, Staff writer.
Thursday, July 2, 2009—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.
Ohlone College pitcher Kelly Colker and shortstop Jamie Miller are headed to Division I softball programs.
Colker, a Newark Memorial High graduate and two-time All-State first-team selection, has orally committed to Nevada.
Miller, a Granada graduate who led the state with 39 stolen bases last season, has signed with Cal State Bakersfield.
Colker said she was also recruited by University of Hawaii-Hilo, Slippery Rock University, Pa., and Dickinson State, N.D. But Nevada was hard to pass up.
"I like the fact that it's close to home," Colker said. "The facilities are amazing. The school is just so nice."
Moreover, Colker said she enjoyed meeting Nevada coach Matt Meuchel and his sister and pitching coach, Melanie Meuchel.
A two-time Coast Conference-North Most Valuable Pitcher, Colker had a 26-7 record last season (12-1 in conference), 1.27 ERA, 211 strikeouts and 31 complete games. Nevada earned a second consecutive Western Athletic Conference regular-season title in 2009 (co-champs with Fresno State) and an at-large berth in the NCAA Regional hosted by Stanford.
Ohlone coach Donna Runyon, who has 748 career wins after going 39-9 last season, said Renegades leadoff hitter Miller received the 2009 "Golden Shoe Award" from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Miller sparked Ohlone's offense, finishing with 46 runs, 50 hits, 23 RBI and a .433 on-base percentage.
"Amazing," Colker said of Miller. "She's very smooth. I was definitely comfortable with her being my shortstop. … I could always count on her to get the ball and make an accurate throw, and get a hit, steal bases too."
In other Ohlone news, Runyon said third baseman Audrea Lopez has signed with University of Notre Dame de Namur-Belmont, and second baseman Kim Cawley could sign with Point Loma Nazarene-San Diego. First baseman Brittany Lenz is planning a recruiting trip to Dickinson State, which finished third in the 2009 NAIA Championships.
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