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    Indiana Softball Inks Four for 2007-08

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips signed four incoming freshmen for next season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana head coach Stacey Phillips signed four incoming freshmen for next season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 10, 2006

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball program announced the signing of four incoming freshmen to its 2007-08 recruiting class, announced head coach Stacey Phillips on Nov. 9. Brittany Devitt (Seabeck, Wash./Klahowya Secondary School), Alyssa Maiese (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township), Sara Olson (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) and Brittany Stein (Vancouver, Wash./Columbia River) will join the team next season.

    "These four signees are incredible players and people," Phillips said. "We will look for this talented class to help us in the quest to compete for championships. They are a part of a class that sets a trend for future recruiting classes. Brittany Devitt, Alyssa Maiese, Sara Olson and Brittany Stein each will provide leadership both on the field and in the classroom and will undoubtedly raise the program to another level."

    Devitt is a three-year letterwinner at Klahowya Secondary School. The third baseman helped her team to the state playoffs in 2004 and the district playoffs all three seasons. A first team all-state selection as a junior, Devitt holds the school's home run record with nine. Additionally, she was named the Nisqually League Most Valuable Player in 2006, along with being tabbed as an All-Kitsap Team utility infielder and team MVP in 2005 and 2006.

    As a freshman, she earned All-Kitsap Honorable Mention and was named Klahowya Secondary School's Rookie of the Year. Off the field, Devitt earned Nisqually League Scholar-Athlete distinction.

    Devitt was a member of the 14U BAM Wahines during the 2003-04 season before joining the 18U Diamond Dusters in 2004-05 and the 18 Gold WA Sidewinders in 2005-06, both of which advanced to the nationals.

    Phillips on Devitt:
    "We are thrilled to add a student-athlete of Brittany's caliber to our program. She will be looked upon to play a number of positions, with third base being her primary spot. Brittany has tremendous line drive power and her passion for this great game is unquestionable. I am ecstatic that Brittany has chosen to be a part of an already great tradition academically and athletically at IU."

    Devitt on her decision to attend Indiana:
    "Selecting Indiana University was much easier than I ever expected. IU has every athletic and academic quality that I was looking for in a school. I really enjoy the coaching staff. They are building a strong program, they have a genuine interest in seeing their athletes succeed on and off the field, have great personalities and so much passion for the game. I feel that IU is a perfect fit for my personality and a great place to pursue my collegiate goals. I believe that I can contribute to the program, and together we will achieve our team goals."

    A four-year letterwinner for Washington Township High School as a pitcher, Maiese led her team to a 2006 Olympic Conference Championship with an impressive 22-2 record, helping the school earn the Gloucester County Times Team of the Year. Maiese was a first team all-state, All-South Jersey and all-conference pitcher last season, in addition to being named the 2006 Gloucester County Times Player of the Year and the South Jersey Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year. During last season's conference championship run, Maiese closed the season with a state-best 0.11 ERA. She also was a Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup selection and the MVP of the Hammonton Elite High School Tournament as a junior.

    During her sophomore season, Maiese picked up first team all-conference and second team All-South Jersey laurels at shortstop, along with leading the team at the plate with a .420 batting average.

    Last summer, Maiese traveled with the Jersey Inferno Gold 18U squad. Maiese helped the team to a Region 2 Gold Qualifier Championships and a top-25 finish at the 18U Gold Nationals in Oklahoma, City, Okla. She also competed at the Babe Ruth World Series in Louisville, Ky., in 2006, earning the tournament's sportsmanship award and being selected to the all-tournament team. Additionally, she was named to the Elite Fastpitch 65MPH+ Club by elitefastpitch.com.

    Phillips on Maiese:
    "When Alyssa sees something, she works diligently in achieving it. She pushes herself to the limits as a pitcher and also does an excellent job at the plate. Alyssa has the capability of fire-starting the team whether it's on the field or in the dugout. We look for Alyssa to have an immediate impact on the mound and with her bat. I look for Alyssa to have an outstanding career athletically and academically while representing the IU Softball program."

    Maiese on her decision to attend Indiana:
    "I chose Indiana University because I wanted to play in the Big Ten against some of the best competition in the country. The coaching staff is very experienced and aggressive, and I think they will elevate my game to the next level. IU also offers a wide range of academic opportunities, and the campus is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I am very excited about the opportunity to be the first class to play in their new softball stadium that is being built."

    Olson comes to Bloomington after much success at Carl Sandburg High School, where she is a three-year letterwinner for Eagles. The sister of current Hoosier Anna Olson, she helped Sandburg to a third-place finish at the 2006 state tournament, while claiming the Southwest Suburban Conference Championships. As a junior, Olson led the team in 11 categories including hits (57), home runs (3), RBI (32) and strikeouts (202), earning all-conference, all-area and second team all-state honors. Additionally, The Orland Park Star named Olson its 2006 Player of the Year.

    As a sophomore, Olson picked up all-conference and all-area honorable mention at third base, while leading Sandburg in home runs (4), extra-base hits (130), RBI (28) and assists (83). Additionally, Olson is a member of the National Honor Society and was named the Sandburg Female Athlete of the Year in 2003.

    Olson competed with the 16U Beverly Bandits last summer, helping the squad to a fourth-place finish at nationals and titles at the ASA 18U Sparks Invitational, Lemont ASA National Qualifier and the ASA Chicago Metro Tournament. In 2005, Olson was a member of the 18U Homer Hawks, which claimed first place at the 2005 Northern Nationals.

    Phillips on Olson:
    "Sara is not only a phenomenal pitcher, but she also has the capability of hitting the ball for major power. We are thrilled that she chose Indiana University as her home over some other great schools. She is a workhorse who will make an immediate impact with the program both athletically and academically. We look forward to working with Sara in unfolding what will be a tremendous career at IU."

    Olson on her decision to attend Indiana:
    "I fell in love with Indiana. I believe in the coaches and what we can accomplish together."

    Stein is a three-year letterwinner for Columbia River High School. A two time all-league selection, Stein led her team to a runner-up finish at the state tournament in 2005. Last season, she was named the team's best offensive player. Stein is a four time Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WIAA) All-Academic honoree. Additionally, Stein also lettered in basketball at Columbia River, earning all-league honorable mention last season.

    A member of the Vancouver Power, Stein helped her travel team to the 16A Washington State Championship in 2005 and a 17th-place finish at nationals.

    Phillips on Stein:
    "Brittany has a blue collar attitude with a lot of talent that will take her and this program places. She is a leader, which is something you want out of your catchers. She will not only be a leader behind the plate, but academically as well. She is a driven individual who loves her job and is ready to compete for Indiana University Softball."

    Stein on her decision to attend Indiana:
    "I chose Indiana because from the second I got onto campus, met Coach Phillips, the team and saw the campus, I knew that's where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. It was just an atmosphere that I wanted to be a part of. The softball team is making progress toward becoming a powerhouse, and I want to be a part of a team where I believe I can make an impact."

     

     

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