The average pitch speed of Jennie Finch, a softball pitcher, is 65 miles per hour, despite the fact that she is commonly credited as throwing at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. This disparity in reported speed is due to the proximity of the softball mound to home plate compared to the baseball mound.
Jennie Finch played softball at the University of Arizona, where she won consecutive national titles in her sophomore and junior years. The University retired her jersey number in 2003. Finch continued his professional baseball career with the Chicago Bandits. In addition, she won a gold medal with the United States softball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.