IU Softball Signs Four Student-Athletes To NLI

    Go Hoosiers! Head Coach Michelle Gardner enters her second season leading the IU Softball program.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head Coach Michelle Gardner enters her second season leading the IU Softball program.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 18, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University softball head coach Michelle Gardner announced the signing of four student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) on Monday. The Hoosiers received commitments from Jenna Abraham (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern), Shelby Gogreve (South Pasadena, Calif./South Pasadena), Meaghan Murphy (Golden, Colo.) and Kristy Pasley (Sparks, Nev./Edward C. Reed).

    "All four of these young women are very athletic and come from very competitive programs," Indiana head softball coach Michelle Gardner said. "As a major part of the future of IU softball, I believe each one of these players will leave there mark. I am truly excited about each and every one and look forward to much success with them."

    Here's a look at each of the four signees:

    Jenna Abraham

    Jenna Abraham
    Fishers, Ind.

    Abraham is a four-year letterwinner for head coach Dave Cook at Hamilton Southeastern High School, where she played the outfield as well as second base. She led her high school team to a 31-0 record and a No. 22 national ranking in addition to conference, sectional, regional and state championships. She was named First Team all-conference and First Team All-Hamilton County as she hit .425 on the year. Abraham is also a extremely accomplished in competitive cheerleading, where she earned four varsity letters. She also earned a pair of state championships in competitive cheerleading and was an All-American and All-State honoree as well.

    She is the daughter of Steve and Marcie Abraham and has two brothers, Jonathan and Thomas, and one sister, Mandi Thomasson. Abraham intends to major in nursing upon enrollment at IU.

    Coach Gardner on Abraham:
    "Jenna Abraham from Fishers, Ind., is one of the best players in the state of Indiana. She is very versatile and can play any position in the infield or outfield and has a great mix of power and speed. Jenna truly understands what it means to be a Hoosier and will be a great addition to our program."

    Shelby Gogreve

    Shelby Gogreve
    South Pasadena, Calif.

    Gogreve is a four-year letterwinner for head coach Mike Williams at South Pasadena High School. She hit .398 as a junior last year and had a .443 on-base percentage on her way to being named first team all-league for the second time in her high school career. She also earned four varsity letters in water polo and was named Most Improved as well as the team's Defensive Player of the Year. Gogreve also excels in the classroom where she is a three-time recipient of the Spotlight on Excellence Award and was named a National High School Scholar.

    Gogreve is the daughter of Jack and Giovanna Gogreve and has one sister, Cassie, who is a junior on the IU softball team in 2010 after transferring from South Carolina. She is currently undecided on a major.

    Coach Gardner on Gogreve
    "Shelby Gogreve from South Pasadena, Calif., is a very talented athlete with ability to play anywhere on the field. She has spent most of her career playing the middle infield, but could see time at a corner position as well. She is a power hitter with great speed and instinct and I look forward to having her in our program."

    Meaghan Murphy

    Meaghan Murphy
    Golden, Colo.

    Murphy is a four-year letterwinner for head coach Wendy Davies at Ralston Valley High School. She hit .506 last year and led her team to a state runner-up finish for the second straight season. She was the Jefferson County 5A League MVP in addition to being named to the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State team as well as the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-Star team. In 2008, she was named team MVP and Sports Woman of the Year at Ralston Valley. The year prior to that she was the MVP of the state tournament and was named to the 4A All-State team. Murphy also earned two letters in basketball and track.

    Murphy is the daughter of Michael and Lyn Murphy and has one sister, Samantha, and two brothers, Casey and Sean. She is currently undecided on a major.

    Coach Gardner on Murphy
    "Meaghan Murphy from Golden, Colo., is a left-handed pitcher that will have an immediate impact on our program. Not only is she a power pitcher, but she is also versatile and can play other position as well as being a threat at the plate. She will add depth to our pitching staff and is an extremely hard-working athlete that understands what it takes to get to the next level."

    Kristy Pasley

    Kristy Pasley
    Sparks, Nev.

    Pasley is a four-year letterwinner for head coach at Ray Charles at Edward C. Reed High School and is the first player from her high school to sign with a Big Ten school. As a junior, she hit .408 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI on her way to being named First Team All-State and All-League as well as a runner-up finish in the state tournament for the second straight year. Her home run and RBI totals were the second-best season totals in the state last season. She was Second Team All-League as a freshman pitcher and earned second team again as a sophomore utility player. Pasley gained notoriety last year when she became the first fastpitch softball player to clear the 285' fence at her home field.

    Pasley is the daughter of Gordon and DeeDee Pasley and has one sister, Cassie. She plans to major in nursing upon enrolling at Indiana.

    Coach Gardner on Pasley
    "Kristy Pasley from Spark Nev., is going to add a tremendous amount of power to our lineup and should hit somewhere in the 3 or 4 hole for us. She has a good glove and soft hands and will see time not only at first base but could see some time in the circle. Kristy is a power hitter with long ball potential that we are extremely excited about."

    The Hoosiers open the 2010 season on Feb. 13 against Jacksonville State, in Kennesaw, Ga., at the K-Club Classic hosted by Kennesaw State University.




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