MT Softball adds two more to 2014-15 class

Ortiz and Cheney will look to make immediate impact next season

November 14, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee softball team gains two more highly touted recruits for the 2014-15 class, gaining the commitments of two transfer student-athletes in Kelci Cheney (Terrell, Texas) and Alexandra Ortiz (Lake Worth, Fla.).

Ortiz signed her NLI early Thursday morning, making the commitment to play for the Blue Raiders. Cheney has signed with Middle Tennessee to play for Head Coach Jeff Breeden next season.

Kelci Cheney

Position: Pitcher ... Throws: Right

Kelci Cheney, a right-handed pitcher from Terrell, Texas, will transfer to Middle Tennessee from Northern Colorado. Cheney played the last two seasons at Northern Colorado, making 32 appearances with 22 starts from inside the circle, to total 117 innings pitched in her freshman campaign. Improving on her 2012 season, she made 36 appearances with 23 starts, totaling a record of 8-10 with one save. Cheney led the team with a 4.69 ERA and 76 strikeouts, averaging 3.79 strikeouts per game.

Before her stint at Northern Colorado, Cheney lettered four times for Terrell High School, while helping the team to its first state playoff appearance in school history. Her high school accolades range from being named the team's MVP her first three years, to earning first team all-district her senior, junior and sophomore season. She also was named the 2009-10 District 15-4A Pitcher of the Year, after tossing 107.5 innings with 178 strikeouts, to finish the season with a 0.79 ERA. In addition, she pitched two perfect games her junior year.

Cheney also played four years of club ball, competing for two teams: the Texas Glory Gold Adkins and American Freedom Gold. Her glaring accomplishment came her last summer, finishing with a perfect 6-0 record, while helping the Glory Adkins to a 13th overall finish in the 18U Gold Nationals.

Cheney is the daughter of Tim and Bobbi Cheney and has one brother, Hunter Cheney (19).

Cheney on Middle Tennessee:
"I feel that MTSU and its growing softball program will offer me the ideal place and opportunity to excel not only athletically, but also academically."

Breeden on Cheney:
"Cheney is a transfer from Northern Colorado. She plays and coaches in the American Freedom organization out of the Dallas, Texas area. Kelci will come to us as a power pitcher. She is seasoned and will make an immediate impact in our program."

Alexandra Ortiz

Position: Shortstop ... Bats/Throws: R/R

Ortiz, a shortstop junior college transfer from Lake Worth, Fla., played two seasons at Indian River State College. Ortiz played for Head Coach Dale Atkinson at IRSC and tallied a .401 batting average, hitting three home runs with 43 RBI in her freshman season. Her efforts garnered her First Team All-State and First Team All-Conference selections.

Prior to Indian River, Ortiz lettered four years at Park Vista Community High School, graduating in 2012. Her senior season she totaled a .444 batting average with 32 RBI and six home runs, while earning First team All-State, First Team All-County by the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel and First team All-Conference.

Ortiz and the Florida Gators Gold finished the 2011 season in 13th place at the Amateur Softball Association Gold Nationals.

Ortiz is the daughter of George Ortiz and Bridgette Rodriguez-Ortiz. She has six siblings: five brothers, Raymond Ortiz (35), Elias Ortiz (33), Emilio Ortiz (32), Louis Ortiz (30), George Ortiz, Jr. (30) and one sister, Lucy Wair (25).

Ortiz on Middle Tennessee:
"I have always wanted to attend a major university and I know that MTSU will allow me to achieve my goals both academically and athletically."

Breeden on Ortiz:
"Ortiz is a junior college transfer from Indian River State College. She is a shortstop that hits the ball a ton and will make an impact from day one, when she hits our campus. We look forward to Ortiz bringing us a big stick and great glove."

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