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Sydney Underhill – Four year NCAA I left-handed starting pitcher with college coaching experience

Sydney Underhill was a four year, left-handed, starting pitcher at Monmouth University (NCAA I) who over the course of her career amassed 107 starts resulting in 46 complete games and 8 of which were shutouts. Her best season was in her junior year in 2016 when she held down an era of 2.33 over 171.1 innings of work, finishing with an 18-13 record including 2 shutouts.

Sydney is all over the Monmouth record books and has been recognized by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on a number of occasions highlighted by her naming to the All-Conference 1st Team in her junior season and All-Conference Pre-Season Team in her sophomore season. She was also named the MAAC Pitcher of the Week three times over the course of her college career.

Her freshman season was was a record breaking season for Sydney that she dedicated to a close friend and former teammate of hers who passed away and would have been in her senior season that year. Sydney was one of only two pitchers on the pitching staff that season and at times was the only pitcher, thus leading to her logging a lot of innings and in turn the recognition as the only freshman pitcher to appear in every game in all of NCAA I softball in 2014. That season she set numerous school records and was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.

Sydney describes her pitching abilities as throwing a drop curve, drop, screw, change up, rise, and off-speed in addition to her low 60’s fastball.

At the plate she also has experience and describes herself as a slap hitter and can play first base.

Sydney is also an experienced coach who has been in the profession since 2013 as a private pitching instructor and most recently in 2017 as a pitching coach and second assistant with DeSales University (NCAA III). Coaching is her passion and she is happy to help out wherever she is needed within a program overseas.

Reasons why Sydney wants to take her career overseas:

“My senior season at Monmouth did not pan out as anticipated due to various factors. I want to take my career overseas not only because I want to put a more positive light on the latter half of my career but also to honor all of the dedication and sacrifices my dad has made for the sake of my career. He has always wanted to see me play beyond college and this is the perfect opportunity to do what I love and also honor all that he has done for me in regards to softball. I am motivated, excited, adventurous, and ready to get back to competing. I love the sport of softball and also love to travel and to learn about other cultures. Taking my career overseas will allow me to continue playing the sport that means so much to me while also getting a once in a lifetime chance to see other parts of the world.”

Any club in need of a quality starting pitcher who can contribute both as a coach and to the offense is encouraged to reach out to Sydney with any expressions of interest.


DEMOGRAPHICS

Date of birth: 1995-08-29

Birthplace / Current Residence: Chicago, IL / Long Branch, NJ

Passports held: United States

Height and weight: 5’10” / 155 lbs.

Bats / Throws: Left/Left

Primary position(s): Starting pitcher

Secondary position(s): 1st base, Relief pitcher / Closer


PERSONAL

Education: Bachelor of Arts Political Science, Minors in Gender Studies and Social Justice

Hobbies and Interests: Community organizing, volunteer work, yoga, art, hiking, reading, writing, making and listening to music, cooking, vintage shopping, modeling

Post baseball career plans: Work for an advocacy organization working towards greater social justice. Also like to continue coaching younger kids

Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world

Recent injuries or illnesses: None


BASEBALL BACKGROUND

College

2013-2017: Monmouth University, NCAA I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (BIO)

 

Accomplishments/Achievements

2014: All-Rookie team (freshman season)

2014: Monmouth single-season record for appearances (43) and innings pitched (222.1)

2014: As a freshman set the games started record (34)

2014: 137 strikeouts rank second in a single season at Monmouth

2014: MAAC Rookie of the Week (04/29)

2014: As a freshman was only pitcher to appear in every game in NCAA Div. I

2015: MAAC All-Academic Team

2015: MAAC Pitcher of the Week twice (03/10, 31)

2015: All Conference Pre-Season team (sophomore season)

2016: MAAC Pitcher of the Week (03/15)

2016: All Conference 1st Team (junior season)

2013-2016:

  • tied for fourth in program history for wins (49)
  • first in games (154)
  • first in program history for games started (107)
  • 2nd all-time in innings pitched (631.2)
  • fifth in program history for strikeouts (373)

 

Coaching Experience

2013-present: Private pitching instruction (7-13)

2017-present: Pitching Coach/Second Assistant, DeSales University NCAA III


STATISTICS

PITCHING STATS
Year Team ERA W-L GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO BAVG
2017 MU 4.69 6-12 20 5 1/1 1 103.0 148 99 69 51 61 0.325
2016 MU 2.33 18-13 25 8 2 2 171.1 185 82 57 50 82 0.264
2015 MU 4.72 7-15 28 9 1 2 135 180 116 91 56 93
2014 MU 3.18 18-15 34 24 4 1 222.1 228 140 101 89 137 0.257

REFERENCES

Meagan Hennessy – Pitching Coach, The Atlantic Club/Monmouth University. Email: pitchks@aol.com 

“Thank you for reaching out about Sydney! As Sydney’s pitching coach for the past three years, I am excited and proud to declare Sydney Underhill as an established and reliable pitcher. Over the time that we worked together, I recognized Sydney’s ability to push herself and strive to improve every practice. I provide physically and mentally challenging workouts to increase pitchers’ stamina and command while also encouraging overall player development. Sydney took to my style immediately and really flourished her last two seasons at Monmouth University. She is a true team player and understands the leadership role of the pitcher. She continues to do workouts with me on a weekly basis to prepare for the potential of overseas play!
Sydney’s fastball is 60 mph. She has an EXCELLENT drop curve and a stunning change up. Her command of the riseball adds another element to keep hitters off balance. Sydney makes good use of her off-speed drop, screwball, backdoor drop curve. The mix of pitches that can be created here is endless and Sydney has the knowledge to keep any hitter that steps to the plate on her toes. I am honored to recommend Sydney as a player and I know she will continue to strive for greatness in continuing her pitching career overseas.”

Shannon Salsburg – Head Coach, Monmouth University. Email: ssalsbur@monmouth.edu
Terry Schweikert – Travel Coach, Teamsmith/ UC Riverside. Email: theresa.schweikert@ucr.edu
Louie Berndt – Former Head Coach at Monmouth University. Email: louiebern@gmail.com

“I worked with Sydney for three season while at Monmouth University. She  is a very good lefty drop ball pitcher with good spin on the ball. She also throws a low change and did a great job keeping the ball down on hitters. Her drop/curve and curve kept the ball in on the hitters hands. She has good control, can hit her spots and is a very hard worker. Her fast ball even though we didn’t use it much was 60-62. Anyone would be happy to work with Sydney. She is a very strong fielding pitcher who can throw the ball overhand and hard. She is also a very good base runner!”


SIGNING PREFERENCES

Financial arrangement: Flights, accommodations, and a small salary to cover living expenses

Availability: Early-to-mid May depending on the DeSales University post-season (coaching obligation). No future obligations

Summer and winter playing preferences: Anywhere


CONTACT

Email: sydney.underhill@gmail.com

Phone/Whatsapp: +1 (951) 225-2941


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