Toms River North and Georgian Court NJ softball star Lauren Anderson dies
Lauren Anderson, one of the greatest softball players in New Jersey history, has died at the age of 41.
An obituary for the Toms River native said she died on December 11. No cause of death has been identified.
Anderson was an elite pitcher and a feared contender for Georgian Court University and Toms River North High School in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Current St. John Vianney head coach Kim Lombardi has faced Anderson countless times when she pitched for Red Bank Catholic. Lombardi remembers Anderson as a fierce competitor who throws extremely hard and had an unmatched passion for the sport.
“She had an intimidating presence on the mound,” Lombardi said. “She was like an animal on the mound, in a positive way. She was someone you would want on your team because she was going to pitch with her heart.
“Women like Lauren Anderson, little girls look up to them. It’s a sad day for softball.
At Lakewood University, Anderson set program records for career wins (77), shutouts (39), strikeouts (857) and ERA (0.77). His single-season scores of 30 wins and a 2001 ERA of 0.46 sterling are still program records.
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In 2001, Anderson led Georgian Court to a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference title. She allowed just 14 earned runs in 212 innings pitched and was 30-3.
She has been a three-time All-American and two-time CACC Player of the Year.
A 1999 graduate of Toms River North, Anderson was named the Gatorade New Jersey Softball Player of the Year at the end of her senior year. That season, Anderson struck out 349 batters and registered a 0.30 ERA.
She also led the Mariners to a Shore Conference tournament title in 1998. She set a New Jersey single-season record with 358 strikeouts. Thirty of those strikeouts came in a 15-innings win over Lacey, a new state record in one game.
At the end of his high school career, Anderson led the state in career strikeouts, single season, and single game. She has struck out 1,156 batters over the course of her career, striking out more than half of the hitters she has faced, and threw 14 hits and 29 hits.
“We’ve had a lot of good pitchers here, but Lauren is the best,” legendary Toms River North softball coach Becky Miller told the Asbury Park Press in 1999. “It will be a long time before we see a pitcher. like her again. “
Also the recipient of a four-year letter with the women’s basketball team, Anderson was inducted into the Toms River High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
After her playing career, Anderson continued to coach for Monsignor Donovan – now named Donovan Catholic – and Metuchen. In 2012, Anderson set a Metuchen single-season record of 25 wins.
A memorial for Anderson will be held Jan. 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Timothy E Ryan Home for Funerals in Toms River.
Danny LoGiudice has been covering local sports across New Jersey since 2014. Contact him at [email protected] or @danny_logiudice on Twitter.