Thursday, November 20, 2008
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 20, 2008) - Head ETSU softball coach Andrea Mangrum announced Thursday afternoon that four student-athletes have signed their national letters of intent to play with the Lady Buccaneers next season.
The group of Tara Hartnett (
"All four players are very solid athletically and academically," commented Mangrum. "They all establish the character and work ethic we desire in our program. Each year it becomes harder to replace the talent we are losing in our senior class. We lose a lot of talent from this years' senior class and we believe this recruiting class will continue to add the depth and strength our program needs. All four of them will make our program, university, and community proud because they are ladies who will succeed in life."
Hartnett brings a lot of speed to the Lady Bucs and is a four-year letterwinner at
Joining Hartnett is (Whitley) Hensley - a local standout from
"Whitley is a player who has attended our camps since I arrived at ETSU," commented Mangrum. "I love how she is a leader on the field with her aggressive style of play and vocal leadership. Hard work and high standards are something she has committed to over the years and it has paid off for her game."
Garner is a player who can step in and help ETSU is many areas as she has played third, short, first and pitcher at both
"Arielle is an all-around solid player," said Mangrum. "She has a very strong foundation with her mechanics, both defensively as an infielder and offensively at the plate. She is consistent and plays with passion. I love her leadership on the field and hope she brings that early on in her career here at ETSU."
Rounding out Mangrum's recruiting class is a 5-4 middle infielder/third baseman, Sammie Lower. Lower is a talented four-sport athlete out of
"Sammie really takes pride in everything she sets out to accomplish," said Mangrum. "She pays attention to detail and wants to do the little things right on and off the field. Also, she is another hard worker who has paid the price to get to this level. She is solid on the field and has been around great coaching for many years."
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