On a rare off day when she was not playing softball, twelve-year-old Jordan Masek sat in the stands watching her twin brother, Trey Masek, play for his baseball team.
The game was getting out of hand, and the team asked her to pinch-run for one of Trey’s teammates.
She hustled to the restroom, changed into a uniform and took the field as a pinch runner. This was not a rare occurrence—the team kept an extra jersey for her.
Trey, now a minor leaguer for the Chicago Cubs, said his sister is a “defensive wizard” and could have succeeded at that level.
“It’s not like she was batting third and hitting home runs or anything,” Trey said. “She definitely could have held her own. Having my twin sister in the dugout playing baseball with me is just really neat to say.”
Jordan grew up in Giddings, a small town 55 miles east of Austin.
“Giddings is a real small town and everyone knows each other,” Jordan said. “They’re going to find out about your life whether you like it or not.”
Jordan, an advanced athlete for her age, competed with boys until she was 12. Her father Andy coached her until freshman year when she joined a new team that would provide exposure to potential college recruits.
“You never think they’re going to be a Division I athlete,” Andy said. “You just nurture them along the way. As time went on, she started getting looks and then you start to realize she’s pretty good.”
Alex Masek, Jordan’s younger sister, is playing softball at Texas A&M. Their parents, educators by day and body-builders by night, owned a gym while they were growing up. Athleticism runs in the family.
“Jordan is a great athlete,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “Her family is really athletic. From her parents on down, you can tell they have the right competitive mindset.”
Jordan says her mother, Patti Masek, and her sister are the most competitive in the family. Jordan clashed with Trey over video games. They went head-to-head in Mario Kart and All-Star Baseball on the Nintendo 64.
Once the PlayStation 2 was released, Jordan and Trey played NBA 2K6 for hours with the same result—Jordan always winning.
“She’d just destroy me,” Trey said. “She’d let me pick the best team and she’d pick the worst team and still whoop me. It was terrible. She was a savant at that thing.”
Jordan and her father bonded on camping trips and, especially, deer hunting. Even now that she is in college, they still make it a point to hunt a few times a year.
“Jordan is a very good shot,” Andy said. “She has some pretty nice trophies—from hogs to does to bucks. Now, they’re mounted in her duplex. She has two in her house right now.”
UT-Arlington attempted to recruit Jordan when she finished high school, but Texas State, her first visit and offer, was her top choice.
“From day one, I fell in love with the campus,” Jordan said. “Talking to the players and coaches—I just loved everything about San Marcos and Texas State. It was a pretty easy decision.”
Jordan played second base and center field growing up, though she was primarily a shortstop. Woodard switched her to center field in her sophomore season. Jordan started in 53 games and finished with 29 hits, 16 runs, 14 RBI, nine stolen bases and seven multi-hit games.
“If you can play shortstop and center field, you can play anywhere on the field,” Woodard said. “Offensively, she can run, bunt for a base hit and hit for some power. She brings a lot of different looks to the team.”
Jordan switched to shortstop her junior year. She finished with a team-high four home runs, four doubles and a triple in 55 games.
“She’s become a very consistent player,” Woodard said. “She’s going to bring the same game everyday. I only have two kids who have been here all four years and she is one of them. She’s done a good job buying into the philosophy of the program and translating it to the younger players.”