MADDIE GARDNER

Sun Prairie pitcher Maddie Gardner is headed to the University of South Florida.

Sun Prairie's pitcher Maddie Gardner will be playing college softball at the University of South Florida following graduation.

The senior announced the decision Thursday on Twitter: I’m proud to announce that I will be continuing my academic and softball career at the University of South Florida. Thank you to all who helped me get to where I am today!

Gardner had verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin between her freshman and sophomore year.

As a junior she earned first-team Big Eight Conference honors for a third consecutive year. She went 26-4 with a 2.18 earned run average, striking out a school-record 339 batters versus just 28 walks in 186 2/3 innings.

Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team All-District and All-State honors.

Gardner was named the WFSCA co-Player of the Year.

She has a career record of 71-7 with 737 career strikeouts and pitched Sun Prairie to the 2018 WIAA Division 1 state title and 2019 state-runner up finish.

More on Gardner's college choice will appear in The Star in Tuesday's edition.

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