Edinburg North's Jackie Longoria has signed to play softball with UHV in 2018. (The Monitor Photo)
Edinburg North standout Jaqueline "Jackie" Longoria has signed a letter of intent to play softball for the University of Houston-Victoria beginning in 2018.
The Edinburg North senior has helped guide the Cougars to three straight district championships and a berth in the Class 6A Region 4 semifinals this past season. The 5-foot-2 right-handed pitcher/middle infielder has anchored the Cougars' pitching staff since her freshman year while also being recognized for her performances throughout her three year career.
As a junior, Longoria was named the All-Area Valley player of the Year, was the District 31-6A All-Around District MVP and was selected to the Texas Girls Coach's Association All-State first team.
She compiled a 27-8 record with eight shutouts and a 1.63 ERA, while also setting school records for batting average (.521), hits (68) and runs scored (52), this past season.
As a freshman, she was named the Edinburg North Newcomer of the Year as well as the All-Valley Newcomer of the Year. She also earned recognition as an All-District 30-5A pitcher.
As a sophomore, she was named the Co-Defensive MVP at Edinburg North and the 31-6A All-Around District MVP.
During her three seasons with the Cougars, she has compiled a 55-14 record with a 1.70 ERA with 36 complete games and 18 shutouts. She has struck out 345 and walked 55 in 434.1 innings.
At the plate, she has compiled a .457 batting average with 132 hits, 56 RBI, 94 runs, 19 doubles and three triples.
She has also been just as successful in the classroom where she has earned the Superintendent's Award along with Excellence Awards in Math, Science and History. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Longoria hopes to study Education or Kinesiology while attending UHV.
Her signing is the sixth player for UHV head coach Lindsey Ortiz's 2018 signing class.