Florida State pitcher and outfielder Makinzy Herzog is returning to her home state to join the Texas A&M program as a transfer, Herzog confirmed to The Eagle.
After spending her freshman year in Tallahassee, Florida, Herzog said she wanted to make a move to be closer to her hometown of Missouri City.
“It had nothing to do with Florida State,” Herzog said. “They were great, and I had so much fun there, I was just really homesick and wanted to get closer to home.”
The transfer was first reported by FloSoftball.com.
The Fort Bend Ridge Point alumnus posted a 10-2 record with a 1.56 ERA for the Seminoles last season. She also hit .315 with 12 doubles, three home runs and 26 RBIs.
Out of high school, Herzog was the Texas Softball Gatorade Player of the Year and the No. 2 recruit in the country, according to Extra Inning Softball.
Herzog said she believes she will be immediately eligible to play for the Aggies.
Herzog adds depth to a pitching staff that relied heavily on junior transfer Kendall Potts and junior Payton McBride in 2019 after starter Samantha Show transferred to Oklahoma State before last season. While Herzog was the Seminoles’ third option in the rotation, she earned an NCAA tournament start in the circle in an 8-0 win over Bethune-Cookman during the Tallahassee Regional.
In the outfield, Herzog started 51 games and pieced together a team-high 15-game hit streak during her freshman season.
“I love both of them,” Herzog said of pitching and hitting. “I think I’ve always just had a passion for pitching, but honestly, I just want to play out on the field. Whatever they need me for, I’ll be there.”
Herzog said she believes her versatility will be utilized in a similar fashion in Aggieland.
“I think I’m still going to play pitcher, outfielder and hit,” she said. “I think they are comfortable with me doing all of that or wherever they need me.”
On her Florida State biography, Herzog said she wanted to play against Texas A&M because she had friends in the Aggie program, including former summer teammates Kelbi Fortenberry and Kayla Garcia.
She follows her former Florida State hitting coach, Craig Snider, who was hired to serve in the same position at A&M early this month.
“At the bottom line, the reason was homesickness, but I think it’s so awesome that Coach Snider ended up coming there, too,” Herzog said. “I love him, and I think it will be super fun to continue to work with him.”
Herzog’s sister, Morgan, is a student at A&M, and both of her parents are former students. The elder sister signed with A&M as part of the class of 2015 but decided to focus just on her studies after a fall practice season with the program, Herzog said. Last season, Morgan Herzog was a bullpen catcher for the Aggie softball team.
“Softball just wasn’t her passion, but she just wanted to be with the team and still be engaged,” Makinzy said of her sister, who will be her roommate next year.