WCWS Pitcher Sarah Haendiges Transfers to Kentucky Softball

WCWS Pitcher Sarah Haendiges Transfers to Kentucky Softball

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sarah Haendiges, who pitched from 2022 to 2024 at Oregon State University and was a part of the Beavers’ Women’s College World Series run in 2022, has announced her transfer to Kentucky, where she will be eligible to compete in the 2025 season for the Wildcats.

Haendiges, who hails from Upland, California, threw over 100 innings for the Beavers this past season, logging eight wins in the circle in 30 appearances with 16 starts. She struck out 65 batters on the year with a 3.78 earned run average and a whip under two at 1.61.

“We are thrilled to welcome a pitcher of Sarah Haendiges’ caliber into our battery at Kentucky,” UK head coach Rachel Lawson said. “She is someone that has pitched on the biggest stage at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City and a player we have identified that fit our culture and committed to the mindset of returning Kentucky to OKC.”

She led OSU to their first two wins of the PAC-12 season with back-to-back wins on March 15 and 16 against the Arizona State Sun Devils and threw a complete-game in the series opener against Utah later in the PAC-12 season. Haendiges finished the season without an error charged to her in 26 chances and was named to the CSC Academic All-District Team for her efforts in 2024.

During her freshman season, she was named to the All-PAC-12 Second Team and PAC-12 All-Freshman Team with a 1.72 ERA, 13-7 overall mark, notching three saves and making 23 starts in 36 games that she appeared in. Her 1.72 ERA was good enough to finish fourth in the PAC-12 and she recorded a career-high 133 strikeouts as she led the Beavers to the 2022 Women’s College World Series.

The Kentucky Softball Designated Players Club

The Designated Players is the Official Booster Program of Kentucky Softball.  Financial contributions and community support through The Designated Players program, Kentucky Softball will be able to continue to develop our student-athletes on and off the field. To join The Designated Players, you can join online or click here to download the membership form and mail to the address listed.  For more information, email Kristine Himes at or Larry Cash at

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