Alabama softball has signed junior college pitcher Courtney Gettins to a national letter of intent. The junior college transfer will join the Crimson Tide for the 2018 season.

Originally a native of Hastings, New Zealand, Gettins is a sophomore right-handed pitcher at Florida Southwestern. This past weekend, she led the program to its first-ever FCSAA State Championship and secured a spot in the NJCAA Division I Softball Championship to be played May 17-20 in St. George, Utah. Gettins is undefeated at 31-0 this season, owning a 0.96 ERA over 197.2 innings pitched with 198 strikeouts and just 33 walks. As a freshman, she was named the NJCAA Division-I Softball Pitcher of the Year and a NFCA All-American after going 39-6 with a 1.45 ERA while leading the Bucs to an appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament in the program’s first year of existence.

She has also competed internationally with the New Zealand national team, playing at the 2013 and 2015 Junior Women’s World Series and the 2014 and 2016 Senior Women’s World Championship.

“We are very excited to have Courtney join our softball family this fall,” UA head coach Patrick Murphy said. “She comes from a tremendous softball pedigree and will be our first international student-athlete at Alabama. She has led her junior college team to nationals two years in a row while pitching for coach Robert Iamurri.”

Gettins is the sixth newcomer to sign a national letter of intent for next season, joining Kyra Lockhart, Maddie Morgan, Madison Preston, Kendall Beth Sides and Kaylee Tow.