Nov. 19, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana softball head coach Stacey Phillips announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Monday. The signees include Molly Anderson (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep), Samantha Berenter (Poway, Calif./La Jolla Country Day), Casey Jamerson (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) and Heather Nelson (Riverside, Calif./La Sierra).
"This class is a picture of power, speed, and intellect," Phillips said. "This is just another step on the path to building a nationally competitive program to compete for championships and post-season play every year."
Molly Anderson (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep)
Anderson played catcher and first base for Gonzaga Prep and hit nearly .500 with a slugging percentage of .514 on her way to team MVP honors. She also received the Most Improved Award as a freshman and the Coaches Award as a sophomore for coach James Pizelo. Anderson led Gonzaga Prep to the district tournament in 2005 and 2007 and garnered first team All-GSL as a junior. She plays for the Spokane Sliders 18 Gold team in the summers and has helped them to top finishes throughout the 2007 summer and will continue to help them gain a berth to the Gold National Tournament in the 2008 season.
IU Head Coach Stacey Phillips about Anderson:
"Molly is a lean, strong, smart player who will be a huge asset to us behind the plate and elsewhere on the field. Offensively, she will provide power and help put runs on the board. Academically, Molly will help maintain the intensity in the classroom that the team has developed. She knows the importance of her education and she will provide leadership through the years on and off the field. Molly works hard and is eager to learn more and play at the top level here at Indiana University in the Big Ten Conference and I am thrilled that she has chosen to help the Hoosiers win championships."
Molly Anderson on Indiana:Samantha Berenter (Poway, Calif./La Jolla Country Day)
"Choosing Indiana was very easy. Playing here presents such a great opportunity for me as a softball player and as a student. I love the coaching staff and the team; it was a great fit all around. I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of an up and coming program, and hope to help take IU to the next level."
Berenter was the team MVP at La Jolla Country Day as a junior and was named to the first team All-Coastal League South team for the third consecutive season. After being named to the second team All-CIF Division IV team a freshman and sophomore, she was named to the first team following her junior campaign. As a freshman, she led her team to the Coastal League South championship and earned the Coaches Award as well. Berenter played for the San Diego Breakers in 2007 and will play for the San Diego Breakers Gold team in the 2008 season.
Phillips about Berenter:
"Sammy is a tremendous kid. She is athletic, gritty, hard nosed, intelligent, and everything you want when working with an athlete. She will provide strength in the middle infield positions as well as work in the outfield. She is a table setter, who also possesses the power to drive the ball to the fence and out of the park. Not only does she bring all of this to the softball field, but she also brings that attitude to the classroom. She will have the opportunity to compete at the highest level academically and athletically here at Indiana."
Samantha Berenter on Indiana: Casey Jamerson (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton)
"Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed my ideal college would be a large university that had tons of school spirit, set on a gorgeous campus, with a top notch softball program. Not only does IU have all these qualities, the team is very well connected and is a perfect fit for me both socially and athletically."
Jamerson has earned three varsity letters in softball at Pendleton Heights High School and has led her team to three consecutive conference championships. As a freshman, the team finished second in the state with a 30-2 record and followed that up with 28-1 sophomore season that saw Pendeleton Heights ranked 25th nationally. As a junior, Jamerson led Pendleton Heights to the state semifinals and a 31-2 record to go along with her third team all-state selection. She has led the team in stolen bases each of her three seasons so far.
Phillips about Jamerson:
"Talented is the one word that comes to mind when thinking of Casey. She is a fast outfielder that will cause chaos on the base-paths. She has been the master of juggling her schoolwork, softball, and other endeavors outside of softball. Casey has excelled in the classroom and has had to be organized while succeeding in all she does. She has her priorities set and we are ecstatic that Casey has made IU Softball one of them."
Casey Jamerson on Indiana:Heather Nelson (Riverside, Calif./La Sierra)
"I chose Indiana because I loved the school and felt I could fit in with the IU Softball program. Playing softball at Indiana also gives me the opportunity to represent my home state."
Nelson is a four-time letterwinner at La Sierra High School for coach Sherri Lazzarini. She was named first team All-Ivy League as a junior after garnering second team accolades in her first two seasons. Playing with the Southern California Pride 18U Gold travel team, Nelson helped the team to a ninth place finish out of 136 teams in Seattle, Wash. and a runner-up finish at the Hall of Fame Tournament in Oklahoma City.
Phillips about Nelson:
"Heather is very exciting and really can do it all. She will compete to anchor us up the middle in the outfield and also compete to get us going at the start of the game offensively. She is a natural outfielder with the ability to read the ball off the bat better than almost anyone I have seen. Heather will set examples through her hustle and upbeat attitude while she helps us win. Heather fits in very well with our academic precedence and will uphold our programs integrity and competitiveness on and off the IU Softball field."
Heather Nelson on Indiana:
"The coaching staff had a huge impact on my decision to come to IU. They are a lot of fun, yet they know when to get down to business and push everyone to work hard. The chance to be a Hoosier was important, with all the history behind the school; it makes the culture of the campus come alive. You can't walk one block without seeing the crimson and cream colors somewhere. I couldn't be luckier to go to such a great school."