LUBBOCK, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – Texas Tech head softball coach Adrian Gregory announced the first two signees of her tenure Monday as Jordan Bettiol and Devon Thomey both inked financial aid agreements to join the program this fall.
Bettiol will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after playing two years at Nebraska while Thomey will arrive at Tech as a sophomore following one season at New Mexico State.
“We are very excited to add experience and depth to our roster size by adding both Jordan and Devon,” Gregory said. “We are thrilled that these two individuals will be joining our squad this season and look forward to getting our eager group here to get started.”
Bettiol, an outfielder from College Station, Texas, was a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 after leading the Huskers with a .400 average during conference play. She started in 58 games as a sophomore, playing all three outfield spots as Nebraska eventually advanced all the way to the Women’s College World Series.
A solid outfielder with great defensive presence, Bettiol wrapped her two seasons at Nebraska as a .271 career hitter with a .387 career on-base percentage. Bettiol also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013 before redshirting the 2014 season.
Bettiol (pronounced Betty-all) chose Nebraska out of A&M Consolidated High School after being named a first team High School All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as a senior. She became a top recruit out of high school despite not playing competitive softball until her sophomore year of high school.
“Jordan brings maturity and familiarity of the big-time stage with her World Series experience at Nebraska,” Gregory said. “We are looking for her to bring leadership and tenacity to an already gifted outfield.”
Thomey, meanwhile, played primarily in the outfield during her freshman season at New Mexico State where she hit .309 on the season, driving in five runs while hitting primarily as a slapper. She played in 37 games for the Aggies while making 23 starts for a New Mexico State squad that went 1-1 against the Red Raiders a year ago.
Thomey went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the first meeting between the two schools, connecting on a RBI single in the fourth before adding a run-scoring fielder’s choice an inning later.
The Sugar Land, Texas native can play almost every spot around the diamond as she has seen time not only in the outfield but as an infielder and catcher as well.
“Devon will provide more pop potential from the left side of the plate along with experience of the infield corners,” Gregory said. “The expectation from Devon is to compete for a starting position in the infield and help complete the depth of our lineup.”
Bettiol and Thomey are the first two signees for Gregory since she was named the seventh softball coach in program history this past June.