Tech softball lands Cal transfer

Cal transfer Nicole Hammoude has two years of eligibility remaining as she joins the Lady Techster Softball program.

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech head coach Josh Taylor strengthened his roster on Monday by signing shortstop Nicole Hammoude, who will be joining the Lady Techster softball program after transferring from Cal.

Hammoude has spent the past four years in Berkeley, sitting out this past season while playing for the Golden Bears in the 2020-22 seasons.

“We are excited to welcome Nicole to the LA Tech family,” Taylor said. “Being able to watch Nicole play from a young age, she brings a great glove and explosive bat to our roster. We are excited to welcome her to Ruston, and believe she will have an immediate impact on our program.”

Hammoude appeared in 42 games while making 18 starts during her three seasons at Cal. As a freshman during the COVID-shortened 2020 season, she hit two home runs, both coming against Siena at the JMU Dukes Invitational, posting a season-high five RBI. Hammoude posted eight RBI over the course of the invitational. In 2021 she appeared in 13 games, making five starts, highlighted by her performance against Santa Clara when she doubled, walked, and scored two runs. As a junior in 2022, she appeared in 14 games while making three starts. She has also excelled in the classroom, being named to the PAC-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll in 2021.

“I chose LA Tech because Coach Taylor and the whole LA Tech community welcomed me with open arms,” Hammoude said. “I knew that I would have a family away from home and be able to continue going to a school with great academics while still being able to compete at a high level. I am excited to be a part of the program.”

A native of Oakland, Calf., Hammoude prepped at Bishop O’Dowd High School, where she was a three-time first-team all-league selection. She helped lead the Dragons to the North Coast Section Division III title in 2016 and 2019. Her sister Frankie Hammoude was a standout at Oregon State from 2019-2023 and is the Beavers’ career all-time home run leader with 53.