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Outfielder Jasa Mitchell (senior, criminology) has had the best year of her career, and it’s not over yet.
She has become the leading home run hitter and best batter for the Crimson Hawks women’s softball this season.
Mitchell, a native of Bald Eagle Area and a former Saint Francis University Red Flash, has dominated the competition this year from beginning to end.
The Crimson Hawks, at a record of 29-13 (22-6 in the conference), have been riding the hot bat of Mitchell.
She hits an average of .375 to go along with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. Her outstanding average this season will put her No. 1 for a single season if she can keep at her pace, and Mitchell’s home runs have already given her a place in IUP’s record books.
Breaking team records comes from the drive that her teammates give her.
“To see their faces and being able to feed off their energy makes the game even better,” Mitchell said.
She said it’s not a breakout season, despite all of the success.
“We just have been having a better year as a team, and I have been working on my swing, and it’s been showing,” she said.
Power has always been a big part of Mitchell’s game, but it wasn’t until this year that she really exploded onto the scene.
Tweaking her stance and swing have played an integral role in her performance this season.
“I made small changes to get more power for my hits,” Michell said.
One of her favorite home runs was a bomb to the outfield for her third home run of the game against Mercyhurst University April 5. The best part about the hit is that she told her mom she was going to hit one to her and did just that.
“Watching Jasa is fantastic,” head coach William Graham said. “She is such a skilled player, and she has become more of a leader this year as a senior. She definitely leads by example. Her competitiveness sets her apart from most.
“And she hasn’t been 100 percent for most of the season, so what she is accomplishing is amazing. Having her bat in middle of the lineup is a distinctive feature for sure.”
She excels not only on the diamond but also in the classroom. As a criminology major, Mitchell said, she would like to be a police officer but dreams of playing softball after her days at IUP are over.