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Vanessa Soto
Vanessa Soto

Hometown:
San Diego, California

Last College:
UL-Lafayette

Position:
Assistant Coach


04/03/2013

SB: Softball getting a chance to grow on the road

The Mavericks opened up the season with 24 of their 33 games away from home.

10/26/2012

SB: Mavs wrap up Fall Season

Coach Fox and the UT Arlington softball team completed the fall season and are working towards competing in the spring.

07/20/2012

SB: Soto and Denny-White added to softball staff

Kristie Fox hires Vanessa Soto and Meagan Denny-White as assistant coaches.

Vanessa Soto was hired in July 2012 as a UT Arlington assistant softball coach. She's in charge of the Mavs outfielders and assists with infielders and hitting. Soto hails from San Diego, California but spent her collegiate career playing in the bayous of Louisiana.

Soto played her first three seasons of collegiate softball for the Tigers of LSU. She was a left-hand hitting first and second baseman and hit the ground running in Baton Rouge as a freshman. Soto started in all 54 contests of the 2005 season and was named to the All-Louisiana second team. She led the Tigers and was tied for second in the SEC in doubles with 16. Soto slugged her way to first on the team in RBIs and third for hits. She recorded 16 multiple-hit games and an eight-game hitting streak.

The hot play continued for Soto her sophomore season as she was named to the NFCA All-South Region first team, All-Louisiana first team, SEC All-Tournament team, and SEC Player-of-the-Week March 6, 2006. She led the SEC in fielding percentage by a second baseman, with only two errors, and finished second in the SEC for doubles and sacrifice flies. Soto had 11 multiple-RBI and 15 multiple-hit games in 2006 and notched the game winning RBI to take the NCAA Regional Championship.

During her final year at LSU, an injury caused Soto to split time between first and second base. Despite the change, Soto still finished the 2007 season ranked 7th in doubles in the SEC and recorded only 4 errors in nearly 300 chances. She knocked 12 multiple-hit games with 7 multiple-RBI games. Soto left LSU tied for fourth with 47 career doubles and fourth with 10 career sacrifice flies.

Soto transferred to the University of Louisiana - Lafayette to play her final collegiate softball season. Soto started all 67 contests for the Ragin' Cajuns at second base. She finished with a .333 batting average with the most at bats on the team. Soto's knack for dropping doubles continued with a team leading 23 in 2008. Her 67 RBIs and national leading 8 sacrifice flies helped the Cajuns advance to their first Women's College World Series (WCWS) in five years. Soto had a two-RBI double in the opening game of the WCWS in Oklahoma City to take down No. 1 Florida. The Ragin' Cajuns then fell to Texas A&M and Alabama to end their time in the 2008 WCWS. Soto finished her playing career with yet another naming to the All-Louisiana first team.

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