Tuscarora High School standout pitcher Lindsey Mullen has committed to continue her education and play softball at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
Mullen, ranked No. 21 in the class of 2023 by Extra Inning Softball, is the third Tuscarora softball player to commit to a NCAA Division I program. A force in the pitching circle and the batter’s box, Mullen helped lead the Huskies to district and regional titles in 2021.
Prior to her commitment, Mullen enjoyed a successful travel softball season in the fall. She pitched in six games for the 18U Georgia Impact, recording three shutouts and 58 strikeouts, while allowing just two walks and one earned run.
“It’s a huge relief to know all the years of hard work and sacrificing weekends finally paid off the way it did,” Mullen said of securing her college destination. “I will continue working hard for the next two years as well.”
Mullen added that it was love at first sight when she visited Louisville. “I have toured a lot of Division 1 and Power 5 programs and as soon as I stepped on the Louisville campus, I fell in love and knew it was my home.”
Only a junior, Mullen has nearly two years before making the jump to college softball.
“I’m weight lifting twice a week and pitching about four times a week and having a day off on the weekends,” Mullen said about her preparation. “This summer and next summer, I’ll be facing Power 5 competition in big tournaments, facing the best of the best. Those girls I’ll see in college, and just really working with my coaches to keep getting better.”
Looking at the near future, Mullen aspires to help her team compete for a state championship. The Huskies lost just one senior from a 2021 team that won a pair of postseason titles and advanced to the state semifinals.
Mullen has been working with Tuscarora catcher Tristin Koerner to get in tune for the spring season.
“I really think it is our best chance for us to get a ring,” Mullen said. “I know all of us are working hard and we have a lot of pure talent on the team. We work really well as a team and have a lot of chemistry.”