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Sona Halajian signs with WPF’s newest addition, the Texas Monarchs – UCF Athletics

ORLANDO – Sona Halajian, author of many key moments for the UCF softball team this spring, is turning pro.

As announced by the team on Monday night, Halajian is the latest signee to WPF’s (Women’s Professional Fastpitch) newest team, agreeing to terms to join the Texas Monarchs.

Halajian becomes the third Knights alum to sign with a professional organization this summer, joining Sarah Willis (AUX) and Jada Cody (Texas Smoke). She and Cody will also both compete for teams within WPF.

The San Anselmo, California native saw time as a pitcher and designated player in her lone season in Orlando, hitting .329/.391/.582 (26-for-79) at the plate and posting a 5.44 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 28.1 innings pitched in the circle.

Halajian tended to come through in key moments against the nation’s best this spring, totaling eight RBIs in four games against then-No. 23 Oregon, then-No. 4 Oklahoma State, and then No. 2 Oklahoma.

She drove in two of the Knights’ three runs against the Ducks during the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, hitting a three-run homer off the Cowgirls’ Lexi Kilfoyl and driving in three runs, highlighted by a two-run explosion, between the Knights . ‘last two games against the Sooners.

Halajian’s three-hit performance in UCF’s NCAA Tallahassee Regional opener against Auburn on May 17 marked her fourth consecutive multi-hit game, and she finished the season as one of the Black and Gold’s most consistent offensive threats.

Since hitting the first grand slam of her collegiate career against North Florida on April 2, Halajian has been the Knights’ leading hitter over the final 23 games of the season, producing a .426/.449/.745 (20-out -47). ) line with six multi-hit games, six runs scored, three doubles, four home runs, 19 RBI and 35 total bases.

Halajian also produced a key RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning against BYU in the April 6 series finale, paving the way for the Knights to record the first Big 12 Conference series in program history.

She also impressed for her team in the circle, especially when paired with left-hander Ava Justman, throwing the 23rd no-hitter in program history on April 10 against the Jacksonville Dolphins.

The Monarchs represent the newest team under the WPF umbrella, announced Saturday, June 1 as an expansion organization by the league.

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