Stacey Nuveman, easily the top softball hitter I’ve ever seen and arguably the top power hitter in the sport’s history, received some very good news last week.
The former St. Lucy’s Priory and UCLA star survived the final cut list for the 2008 U.S. national team that will compete at the Beijing Olympics this summer. She makes possibly the United States’ final softball roster after giving birth to her son, Chase, in June.
Nuveman was a key part of the U.S. team’s Gold-medal victories in 2000 and 2004, getting the only hit in the 2000 Gold-Medal game and hitting a home run in the 2004 Gold-Medal game. She is also the most prolific power hitter in the sport, ending her collegiate career at UCLA as the the NCAA record holder in career home runs with 91. She was a four-time All-American for the Bruins, finishing her collegiate career with a .466 batting average and 1.016 slugging percentage.
Way to go Stacey!