Height: 5’3″ Bats: R Throws: R
Years Pro: ROOKIE
College: Cal State Fullerton
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
PROFESSIONAL: Enters her first season in the NPF with the USSSA Pride. Signed on as a free agent before the 2016 season.
COLLEGE: Junior (2015): NFCA All-American Third Team, NFCA All-West Region First Team, All-Big West Conference First Team, Buffalo Wild Wings Student-Athlete of the Week, USA Softball Top 50 Watch List. Sophomore (2014): NFCA All-American Third Team, NFCA All-West Region First Team, All-Big West Conference Player of the Year, All-Big West Conference First Team, three-time Big West Softball Field Player of the Week. Freshman (2013): Played her freshman season for the University of Washington. Appeared in 42 games, starting 35 games primarily in the outfield, helped the Huskies reach the Women’s College World Series.
PERSONAL: Born Melissa Taukeiaho on February 13, 1994 to Angela Vargas and Williams Taukeiaho. Favorites include watching movies, shopping, hanging out with friends and listening to music. Has several family connections to the Pac-12 as she has had relatives play football at Arizona State and Oregon State. Majored in physical therapy and aspires to become a doctor and specialize in sports medicine.