JACKSONVILLE – North Florida softball coach Marcie Higgs and her staff announce the addition of Halle Arends, a pitcher, transferring from UNLV.

“We are so happy that Halle decided to join our program,” said Higgs. “She will compliment our current pitchers and add a new dimension to our staff. She throws hard and at 6-2 there is no ceiling to what she is capable of. Halle worked under one of the best pitching coaches in the country so she will bring a ton of knowledge and maturity to our team.”

Arends, from Naperville, Illinois, was a four-year starter at Naperville Central High School under head coach Andy Nussbaum. The right-hander garnered four all-conference honors, including unanimous selections in in 2017 and 2018. As a senior, she was named the Dupage Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year. Arends was a three-time all-area first team selection and a four-time academic all-conference honoree. Finishing with 553 career strikeouts, Arends was named the team MVP after three seasons and was a captain in her senior season. Arends could also get it done at the plate as she holds her high school’s record for single-season batting average, hitting .492. She played club ball for the Cheetah’s out of Downer’s Grove, Ill. an helped the team make the 2018 PGF Platinum Nationals and 2019 PGF Premier Nationals.

In her freshman season at UNLV, Arends saw time in two games before Coronavirus ended the season early.