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Jada Cody begins professional career with WPF’s Texas Smoke – UCF Athletics

ORLANDO – Utility player Jada Cody, one of the most decorated athletes in UCF softball program history, isn’t done yet.

As announced by the team Friday afternoon, Cody will continue her playing career in the professional ranks upon completion of her collegiate eligibility, signing with the Texas Smoke of the WPF (Women’s Professional Fastpitch) league.

With the announcement, Cody becomes the second Knights alum to take her talents to the next level this summer, after right-handed pitcher/outfielder Sarah Willis officially signed on to participate in Athletes Unlimited’s AU.X competition in June.

Cody also becomes the first Knight since right-hander Gianna Mancha to sign with WPF, after Mancha was drafted by the Smash it Sports Vipers with the fifth overall pick of the WPF 2022 College Draft in May 2022.

In the Smoke, Cody will join a squad that last won the 2023 WPF regular season championship at the USSSA Pride, becoming the first team in league history to claim a regular season title.

The veteran utility player will join the Smoke after a storied five-year collegiate career in Orlando, a career that included a 2022 First Team All-American selection ( D1Softball.com ), a 2022 Second Team All-American selection ( Softball America). ), three NFCA All-Region selections and three All-Conference First Team selections.

Cody concludes that her UCF tenure is among the program’s all-time career leaders in a host of statistical categories, including doubles (1st), home runs (2nd), RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (2nd), runs scored ( 2nd), batting average (3rd), total hits (3rd), on-base percentage (4th) and triples (4th).

She also broke a pair of program records during her Knights career, collecting a single-season program record 75 RBI in 2022 before setting the new career doubles record with 54 this spring.

The Murrieta, California, native posted a batting average north of .300 in each of her five collegiate seasons, highlighted by her .361/.439/.701 line in 2022, which earned All-American honors from D1Softball.com and Softball America.

After the COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign, Cody recorded at least 52 hits, 11 doubles and 90 total bases in each of her last four collegiate seasons, joining first baseman Shannon Doherty in posting 182 total wins in her five years with the Black and Gold, an average of more than 36 per year.

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