Richmond, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University softball team and Head Coach Jane Worthington has announced the final six additions to the 2017 signing class. The class displays two true freshman and four transfers.
Samantha Reynoso is a 5’7″ pitcher that hails from Palmdale, California. She comes from William J. Pete Knight High School where she collected Player of the Year and First Team All-League accolades as a freshman, junior and senior and was a member of teams that went 14-0 in regular season her junior and senior seasons, that went on to make it to the state quarterfinals.
Mattira Morales is a 5’9″ catcher/infielder from Broomfield, Colorado and another true freshman addition to the roster. She comes to EKU from Broomfield High School where she was a four-year member of the Regional Championship Teams. Her freshman and sophomore year the squad made it to the Final Four in the state, her senior year the team captured the state title and went undefeated in conference play.
Melissa Jacobsen is a middle infield/outfielder from Liberty Township, Ohio. She comes to EKU as a sophomore from Cleveland State University. During her freshman campaign, she batted .319 overall, .333 in conference play, tallied 23 runs, 51 hits and stole safely nine times. She finished the season being named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.
Emily Corbitt is a middle infielder transferring in from Pensacola State Junior College where she played for two years. During her freshman season the Thomasville, Georgia native batted .333 and knocked in 24 runs batted in. She finished the season being named Second Team All-Conference. During her sophomore campaign, Corbitt again batted .333, collected 18 RBIs and had a .410 on-base percentage.
Jacqueline Mercado is a utility player/infielder that is also a junior college transfer from Howard College. During both seasons the squad was the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Champions and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region Five West Champions. The Rosamond, California native had a breakout season in 2017 where she was named to the WJCAC All-Conference Team, NFCA NJCAA Division I West Region First Team, NFCA NJCAA Division I Third Team All-American, collected accolades as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the National Tournament and was nominated the WJCAC Player of the Week for March 12-18.
Destinee Lizzmore rounds out the signing class, coming to EKU from the College of Central Florida. She is a second baseman/outfielder native to Jacksonville, Florida. During her freshman campaign, Lizzmore was named Mid-Florida Conference Second Team All-Conference and garnered a spot on the MFC/FCSAA All-Academic Team. Her second year she was named Mid-Florida Conference First Team All-Conference, NFCA NJCAA Division I All-Region, NFCA NJCAA All-American, MFC/FCSAA All-Academic Team and led the state in homeruns (17) and RBIs (74). In the two seasons combined Lizzmore notched a .363 batting average, collected 111 RBIs, tallied 88 runs scored, 32 stolen bases and 25 round-trippers.