Stroud Provides Sting For Sacramento State Softball

Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Pitching her way into the starting rotation, Taylor Stroud has become Sacramento State’s softball ace.

Taylor Stroud

For the second time this season, the former All-Empire hurler from Montgomery High has been named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Coastal Division Pitcher of the Week. Stroud went 3-1, including a pair of shutouts over Pacific and Utah State, and completed all four contests.

Stroud is 4-4 and leads the Hornet staff in most categories. With a team leading 10 appearances and 56 1/3 innings pitched, Stroud also has completed 5 games. She has limited opponents to a .203 batting average and posted an earned run average of just 1.37 this season.

Despite being a freshman, Stroud is poised for NCAA Division I competition. Throwing a variety of pitches for strikes, Stroud has a 5-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio and gets outs.

After starting the season as a relief pitcher, Stroud was placed in the starting rotation following a string of strong appearances. Sacramento State is 7-11 after winning just one of the Hornets first seven games on the season.

Hornets’ fans are discovering a young pitcher that was one of the Empire’s all-time best.

In her final two seasons at Montgomery, Stroud went 35-4 with a 0.35 ERA, 33 complete games, 16 shutouts, 338 strikeouts, 37 walks and a .140 opponents’ batting average. She was second team all-state, second team all-West Region and first team All-Empire as a senior after being named All-Empire Player of the Year as a junior.