LINCOLN, Neb. — Two-time national-champion pitcher Jordy Bahl suffered an ACL tear in her Nebraska softball debut last week and will miss the 2024 season, she announced Tuesday on Instagram.
Bahl transferred to Nebraska last June after she led Oklahoma to a championship.
The injury occurred in the Huskers’ season opener Thursday night in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Bahl exited the field, with assistance from teammates, after she threw a pitch in the third inning against Washington.
Bahl was named MVP at the Women’s College Series last year as a sophomore for her 24 2/3 innings scoreless innings. She started three of the Sooners’ five games in the tournament and allowed 12 hits while striking out 33.
“With a heart thankful for God’s plan and timing, I will be redshirting this year and looking forward to a season of growth and learning from a different point of view,” Bahl wrote on social media.
She added that she plans to return in 2025. Bahl would maintain two seasons of eligibility at Nebraska, her home state school.
Bahl is from Papillion, Neb. She was named the Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year in 2021 and signed with Oklahoma after decommitting from Nebraska. She posted identical records of 22-1 in both of her seasons with the Sooners and lowered her ERA in 2023 from 1.09 to 0.90.
Her transfer shocked the softball world last summer. Bahl said she missed home and wanted to attend school and play near her family, providing her an opportunity to impact the community in which she was raised.
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The decision to attend Nebraska generated considerable enthusiasm around the Huskers. The athletic department had begun to execute a plan to expand its softball stadium to accommodate the boost in fan interest around Bahl.
Nebraska began the season ranked No. 18. It finished 2-2 in the opening weekend in Mexico after Bahl suffered the injury.
“Obviously, we are all disappointed to hear the news of Jordy’s season-ending knee injury,” Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle said in a statement. “We are grateful that Jordy is in excellent care with our medical team and are confident in a full recovery.”
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