Oklahoma’s Grace Lyons added to USWNT for series in Japan

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The reigning national defensive player of the year, Grace Lyons, will be plying her craft on the national stage, joining the U.S. Women’s National Team for the upcoming series against No. 2 in the world Japan.

Lyons joins teammates Jayda Coleman, Kinzie Hansen, Tiare Jennings, and former teammate Jocelyn Alo on the 15-player squad. The Sooners lead the way with the most student athletes on the 15-player roster.

Known for her wizardry at shortstop, Lyons had a breakout year at the plate, hitting .401 with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs, providing more pop for the USWNT lineup. Lyons had an on-base percentage of .479 and a slugging percentage of .864.

Also making their first national team appearance are UCF’s Jada Cody and Wichita State’s Sydney McKinney. McKinney hit .522 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs for the Shockers in 2022, while Cody hit 15 home runs and drove in 75 RBIs.

The three-game set is scheduled for August 6-9 in Fukushima and Yokohama, Japan.

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