RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery landed the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year on Wednesday as Holy Savior Menard High School pitcher Jensen Howell signed a national letter of intent to play for the Lady Techster softball program.
Howell was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Louisiana last season after leading Menard to its third straight Class 2A state title game appearance. She is a 4-time all-state, 4-time all-district and 4-time all-Central Louisiana honoree and has played for the varsity team since her eighth grade season.
“Jensen is such a quality athlete,” said Montgomery. “She is not only a great pitcher but she is an exceptional hitter and fielder as well. We expect her to come in and compete for playing time immediately.”
During her prep time, Howell has recorded a career mark of 79-17 in the circle with a 1.56 earned run average. She has recorded 1,011 strikeouts in her career while walking only 150 batters.
Howell led Menard to the Louisiana Class 2A state title as a sophomore when she didn’t allow a single run to cross the plate during the state tournament run. She also led Menard to the state title game as a freshman and junior, finishing as the state runner-ups.
As a junior, Howell was 21-3 in the circle with a 1.63 earned run average. She recorded 240 strikeouts and only 44 walks in 154.1 innings of work. At the plate, she batted .384 with eight home runs and 32 RBI while earning the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A Player of the Year Award and the Gatorade Player of the Year Award.
This season, Howell owns a mark of 12-3 in the circle with a 2.33 earned run average while recording 168 strikeouts and only 26 walks in 105 innings of action. She has also been stellar at the plate this season, recording a .386 batting average with seven home runs and 26 RBI.
Howell joins two other current Lady Techsters who earned state Gatorade Player of the Year honors in Pauline Tufi (Alaska, 2012, 2013, 2014) and Taria Page (Alaska, 2015).