OKLAHOMA CITY -- After posting a breakout junior campaign in the 2015 season, University of Connecticut outfielder Alyssa Gardea (Corona, Calif.) is set to complete an internship with the Amateur Softball Association of America/USA Softball over the summer.
ASA, a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, Okla., was founded in 1933 and has evolved into the strongest softball organization in the country.The organization regulates competition to insure fairness and equal opportunity to the millions of player who annually play the sport.
Gardea will assist the organization in promotions for the 2015 NCAA Softball Championship, 2015 NCAA Women's College World Series, and the 2015 WBSC Junior Women's World Championship, as well as write press releases and maintain ASA social media outlets. In addition to her communications role, she will assist in event management for the 2015 NCAA Softball Championship, Women's College World Series, the 2015 ASA/USA 18U and 16U Gold National Championships, and the 2015 WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) Junior Women's World Championship.
"This experience so far has been nothing short of perfect," said the soon-to-be senior outfielder. "Though we have been super busy preparing for 2015 WCWS next week, I cannot wait to experience the atmosphere of a crowd that all has the same love and passion for the game that I play as well. I believe this internship fits me perfectly because going into my senior year, I will know not to take anything for granted because of what ASA/USA Softball puts into the sport to make everything possible."
During the 2015 campaign, the Corona, Calif. native earned 50 starting assessments and finished the season with a .269 batting average. She connected for four home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam against conference foe Memphis on April 12. She ranked second among all Huskies with seven doubles and led the squad with three triples. She was one of five different Huskies to be honored by the American Athletic Conference throughout the season when she earned a spot on the league's weekly honor roll on April 13.
In addition to her work at the dish, Gardea was 5-for-6 on stolen base attempts and held a .966 fielding percentage as the team's primary centerfielder.
"We are very proud of Alyssa and excited about the opportunity she has this summer with the ASA and USA Softball," said head coach Jen McIntyre. "As an intern in their communications department, she will obtain invaluable experience in tournament management and operations through the Women's College World Series as well as the World Cup. There is nothing that can replicate hands on training and for her to have the opportunity to do this in a business field surrounding the game we all love is incredible."
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