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Walla Walla pitcher Dara Kosanke inks with Utah Valley University

OREM, Utah - Utah Valley University softball coach Todd Fairbourne announced that he has signed Dara Kosanke to a National Letter of Intent. Kosanke, who is currently a sophomore at Walla Walla Community College, will come to UVU this fall.

"Dara is a great sign for us and she can help us in a lot of ways," said Fairbourne. "She was the player of the year in her conference last year and I expect her to come in and immediately challenge for a starting spot in the outfield or at first and bat leadoff. She also is a solid pitcher which means she has a very diverse skillset."

Kosanke, who is from Redmond, Ore. and graduated from Sisters High School in 2010, will be a junior when she begins her career at UVU next season and brings a number of impressive accolades with her. Last season at Walla Walla CC she was named the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) East Region MVP and she was also an All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). She hit a WWCC school-record .525 a year ago and also went 21-7 in the circle. This season she is currently batting .491 with six homers, 27 RBIs, 21 stolen bases and is 20-5 in the circle with a 2.67 ERA.

Kosanke is also a solid student in the classroom as she was named an NFCA Academic All-American a year ago, graduated from Sisters HS with a perfect 4.0 GPA and currently maintains a 3.7 GPA at WWCC. In high school she was also named First Team All-State and was selected as the conference player of the year during her senior year.

"Dara's a real competitor and very athletic," added Fairbourne. "She was recruited by a lot of schools but things worked out for us to get her. I'm excited to have her coming here and she will add a left-handed bat to the lineup, speed, power and overall she upgrades us in a lot of ways."


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