FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University head softball coach Darren Mueller announced today the addition of Iowa State University transfer, first baseman/outfielder Cara Beatty, who will join the program for the 2018-19 season. She will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“Cara is a strong athlete with a tremendous work ethic not only on the field, but in the classroom,” said Mueller. “We are thrilled to have Cara in our program.”
Beatty joins five other newcomers – Marshall University transfer, infielder Sam Koehn (Altoona, Iowa / Bondurant-Farrar H.S.), shortstop Cameryn Maykut (Winnipeg, Manitoba / Shaftesbury H.S.), pitcher Paige Vargas (Mission Viejo, Calif. / Santa Margarita Catholic H.S.), catcher-outfielder Avery Wysong (Beaver Creek, Minn. / Hills-Beaver Creek H.S.) and middle infielder Nicole Licea (Corona,Calif. / Hillcrest H.S.).
“I know the coaches will push me to be my best while also supporting me,” said Beatty. “The tradition and culture of NDSU is something to be proud of and something I am excited to be a part of.”
CARA BEATTY, 5-7, Sophomore, First Base/Outfield, Las Vegas, Nev. (Iowa State / West Career & Technical Academy)
FRESHMAN (Iowa State): Played in 12 games including four starts for Iowa State in 2018 … Cyclones went 23-33 overall with 4-14 record in the Big 12 … Hit .111 with one home run and four RBI … Her first collegiate home run came against Kansas (5-4-18) … Scored two runs, issued a pair of walks and made no errors in five fielding chances … Academic all-Big 12 selection.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time Nevada Preps first team All-State performer for the Palo Verde Panthers coached by Kelly Glass … Member of two state champion teams in 2014 and 2017, and the 2015 state runner-up … Two-time all-Sunset Region first team … Hit .547 as a senior with 10 home runs, 59 runs scored, 55 RBI and 20 stolen bases … Four-time Scholar Athlete … Also played volleyball for Palo Verde.
SUMMER LEAGUE: Played for Lil’ Rebels summer league team coached by Rick Christopher from 2011-17 … Highlights include ninth place finish at 18-under Premier PGF.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Dave and Shari Beatty … Has one sister, Bre, who was all-league outfielder for NDSU from 2015-2018 … College major is biological sciences (pre-med).
North Dakota State (34-19) claimed the program’s ninth Summit League tournament championship, eighth regular season title and won a NCAA tournament game for the fifth straight season and sixth time over the past seven seasons.