Nov. 19, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana softball head coach Michelle Gardner announced the signing of five student-athletes to join the Hoosiers softball program on Tuesday. These athletes will be eligible for competition starting with the 2009-10 season.
Those student-athletes that signed their letters of intent during this early signing period include Katherine Allert (Lowell High School/Lowell, Ind.), Samantha Heyman (El Segundo/El Segundo, Calif.), Cassie Loweth (Columbus North/Columbus, Ind.), Breanne Saucedo (Ontario, Calif./Chino) and Amanda Wagner (Queen of Peace/Burbank, Ill.).
Here is a look at each of the signees:
Allert is a four-year letterwinner in softball from Lowell, Ind. She started as a freshman on the varsity team and led the team in home runs, doubles and runs batted in and turned around and did it again during her sophomore season. She was looking to continue her strong play last year but an injury forced her to miss most of the year. Among the honors she has received already include LAC First Team All-Conference in 2007 as well as all-district recognition. Allert also led Lowell to the Final Four of the state playoffs during her sophomore season, becoming the first girl's team in any sport to make it to the state finals. She is the daughter of Rob and Ronna Rosenbaum, plans to major in biology with the intention of becoming a physicians assistant after graduation.
On why she chose Indiana:
"I came up to a camp there over the summer before my sophomore season and fell in love with IU. From then on, Indiana was always my number one choice because the academics and athletics are a perfect fit and I always wanted to play softball at the highest level."
Indiana Head Coach Michelle Gardner on Allert:
"Kat is a very versatile athlete who can play around the infield or behind the plate. She is a tremendous hitter with all kinds of potential at the plate. Kat is extremely competitive and I am looking forward to see how she grows during her career as a Hoosier."
Heyman comes to Bloomington from El Segundo, Calif., where she lettered four times for head coach Keith Cameron at El Segundo High School. She was a two-time selection to the First Team CIP Southern California team as well as the First Team Pioneer League. She led El Segundo to the finals in the CIP playoffs in addition to a fifth place finish at the national tournament in Colorado with the So Cal Pride. While playing with the So Cal Pride travel team, Heyman has had the opportunity to play in 18 Gold Nationals in Oklahoma and compete in Italy and China. Her talents are not limited to softball either, as she was team captain and three-time Offensive Player of the Year on the El Segundo basketball team. She is the daughter of Sean and Jane Heyman and intends to major in Business at IU.
On why she chose Indiana:
"Indiana is a great university and I got along with the softball coaches right away. They are excellent coaches and I am very excited to begin my Hoosier career and to work with these talented and knowledgeable coaches."
Indiana Head Coach Michelle Gardner on Heyman:
"Sammy is one of the most talented outfielders I have seen because covers a lot of ground and has a great arm. She always seems to rise to the occasion and shows amazing instincts on the base paths. At the plate she is a left-handed slapper who can also hit for average and I am very eager to see her put her skills on display at the next level."
Loweth is a four-year all-conference first team honoree and has been named All-Area Player of the Year on three occasions at Columbus North High School. Her .526 batting average and 0.84 ERA have also earned her all-state recognition as well as team MVP accolades for three straight seasons. She has also led Columbus North to a sectional championship as well as USSSA National Championship, where she was the offensive player of the tournament. She is the daughter of Eddie and Terry Loweth and is planning to major in Business Finance upon enrolling at Indiana.
On why she chose IU:
"I was really interested in business and Indiana has one of the best business schools in the country so I looked into it. So being able to come to IU to play softball and get an outstanding degree are things I'm very excited for and can't wait to start."
Indiana Head Coach Michelle Gardner on Loweth:
"Cassie's is amazingly versatile and has the ability to play any position on the field, including in the circle. She can also get it done at the plate with her bat and we are looking forward to her having an immediate impact on our program as we move forward."
Saucedo has played varsity softball at Chino High School for three years and has been an impact player right from the start. She was named team MVP her freshman year and followed that up with first team all-league and second team All-CIP Sierra Section honors as a sophomore while also being named Offensive Player of the Year. As a junior, she was also named Offensive Player of the Year and second team all-league in addition to leading her team to Western Nationals. She is the daughter of David and Arlene Saucedo and is undecided on a major.
On why she chose IU:
"When I came on my visit, I absolutely fell in love with how beautiful the campus is. And the students and coaches were very friendly and easy to talk to so I felt like it was the right fit for me."
Indiana Head Coach Michelle Gardner on Saucedo:
"Breanna is a great addition to the Indiana softball program. She is a great shortstop with outstanding hands and range and makes the game look easy. At the plate, she is an effective slapper that uses her speed to her advantage to get on base frequently."
Wagner joins the Hoosier softball program having won three letters in both softball and tennis at Queen of Peace High School in Burbank, Ill. Entering her senior campaign, she has a .454 batting average and 41 RBI to go along with a stellar .958 fielding percentage. She has been named to the all-conference team each of the past two seasons as well as the all-academic teams for both seasons. As a sophomore, Wagner received the Newcomer Award as well as the Daily Southtown All-Area Team as her team finished second in its conference and claimed the regional championship. Following her junior, she was named to the Pioneer Press All-Area team and was given the Heart of the Team award by her teammates. As a team, Wagner led Queen of Peace to a second regional championship and a third place finish in the conference. Wagner was also all-conference in tennis in each of the past two seasons. She is the daughter of Frank and Janet Wagner and is undecided on her major at IU.
On why she chose IU:
"Indiana had the athletic and academic environment that I was looking for in a school. I believe in the coaches and their efforts towards building a winning program and I wanted to be a part of it."
Indiana Head Coach Michelle Gardner on Wagner:
"Amanda can play any position on the infield and brings a great presence with her to the field. She is very talented and exceptionally strong with that bat which gives her serious home run potential and the ability to make the game exciting."