Former Oregon softball player Geri Ann Glasco died in an automobile accident early Thursday. She was 24.
According to The Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser, Glasco was one of two reported fatalities in a multi-vehicle crash that involved an 18-wheeler on I-10 in Louisiana.
Glasco began her career at Georgia before transferring to Oregon, where she compiled a 14-2 record with a 3.22 earned-run average in the circle and hit .354 with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs in 110 games during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
The Oregon softball program released a statement:
"Oregon Softball and the UO Athletics family is devastated to learn of the passing of Geri Ann Glasco, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Geri Ann's family, friends, and former teammates. Geri Ann was an amazing young woman who always had an extremely positive impact on everyone that she met. We were privileged to have Geri Ann as a member of the Duck family, and she will forever be in our hearts."
Cheridan Hawkins, the ace of the Ducks’ staff during Glasco’s career in Eugene, posted a photo montage of the two on social media.
“You are one of the best people I know. One of the kindest human beings I have ever met,” Hawkins tweeted. “You were selfless, loving, and would do anything for anyone no questions asked. I’m so glad I was able to be your teammate …
“I love you and I’m gonna miss you tremendously.”
Glasco was a volunteer assistant at Louisiana at Lafayette, where her father, Gerry Glasco, is the head softball coach.
Former Oregon pitcher Megan Kleist, one of nine players to leave the program during the coaching transition from Mike White to Melyssa Lombardi, plans to play for the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2020.
"It’s hard to find words to express how I feel right now,” White, now at Texas, tweeted. “All I know is that I have been blessed to coach a wonderful young woman taken tragically from us this morning.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Glasco family as we all search for the reason why. Love you G!”