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Osias to Recruits: Consider More Than Just the Team

When pro softball pitcher Madison Osias tells college recruits to consider more than just the school’s softball program, her words carry weight. The Tustin, California, native originally committed to Memphis, but when the coach took a job at Ole Miss, Osias decided to take a leap of faith and follow her to the Magnolia State.

The Rebels softball program started in 1997 and didn’t record a winning season until 2005. The second winning season came in 2010. But that quickly became secondary upon visiting the Oxford campus.

“It wasn’t softball that attracted me there,” she said. “I fell in love with the school.”

Of course, the opportunity to play in the Southeastern Conference didn’t hurt, but the academics, campus, and history were the keys.

“I absolutely fell in love with the school and loved everything about it,” Osias said. “I wanted to be far away from home and wanted to go out and see a different part of the world for four years. I fell in love with the brick and the grove and just the southern atmosphere and the tradition that came with Ole Miss.”

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Taking a risk on a young program paid off in many ways for Osias. After a slow start during her freshman and sophomore years, her career took off when coach Mike Smith took over before her junior season in 2015, and this summer she signed with the National Pro Fastpitch’s Pennsylvania Rebellion.

Osias, who goes by the name Madi, finished her Ole Miss career ranked in the school’s top-10 in eight major pitching categories, including wins (40), strikeouts (299), shutouts (6), innings pitched (425), appearances (115), starts (65), opponent batting average (.253) and saves (7).

“It was an awesome four years,” she said. “Definitely, the first couple of years were rough, but my senior year was memorable. Having the coaching staff that we did the last two years totally made a huge difference. Having Taryne Mowatt as my pitching coach was just awesome, and still to this day I talk to her almost everyday. She’s a great influence in my life and just a great role model.”

Now in her rookie season in the NPF, Osias said her experience at Ole Miss and in the SEC helped prepare her for the transition to pro softball.

“It’s not necessarily been an easy adjustment, but coming from an SEC school, it’s prepared me to play at this level,” she said. “The last time I pitched against the (Chicago) Bandits, I faced four batters and two of them were from the SEC and my class.”

Even if her collegiate softball experience didn’t lead to an opportunity in the NPF, though, Osias said she would never second guess her decision to attend at Ole Miss.

“I love softball, I love everything about it, but it was a way for me to get my education, and that’s what is really important: getting four years worth of education at a great university,” she said. “I got really lucky going to that school and being able to attend there all four years.”

From GameChanger and Maren Angus. Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics. 

Softball, Softball Player Development

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