Michelle Gardner will be entering her third season as the head coach of IU Softball in 2011.
Dec. 3, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana University head softball coach Michelle Gardner announced the signing of four student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent during the national signing period last week. Shannon Cawley (Brookfield, Ill./Nazareth Academy), Brianna Meyer (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos), Lora Olson (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) and Miranda Tamayo (Huntington Beach, Calif./Mater Dei) will all join the Hoosiers for the 2012 season.
Here is a brief bio on each of the four signees:
Hometown: Brookfield, Ill.
High School: Nazareth Academy
Position: Utility Infield
Cawley has led Nazareth Academy at the plate each of the past two seasons on her way to all-conference honors and a 2010 state regional title. She hit .423 and drove in 32 runs as a sophomore and topped that as a junior when she hit at a .461 clip and had 40 RBI - thanks to a school-record tying eight home runs. The Chicago Sun-Times named her one of the area's Top 100 Softball players and has been a three-time all-area selection. She played travelball for the Beverly Bandits and the Oak Park Windmills. With the Windmills in 2007, she led the team to a 14U AFA National Championship and a 13th place finish at the 2007 ASA 14U National tournament.
The daughter of Rich and Terry Cawley, Shannon has two brothers and plans to major in Business or English upon enrolling at Indiana.
Hometown: Alta Loma, Calif.
High School: Los Osos High School
Meyer led the Baseline League in home runs as a freshman and was named first team all-league as a sophomore and junior. She led the team with a .386 batting average as a sophomore and upped that average to .397 as a junior. In addition to being named team offensive MVP each of the past two seasons, Meyer has served as co-captain and been named a scholar-athlete as well. Los Osos was a CIF semi-finalis in 2009 and a CIF quarter-finalist in 2010 while also claiming the 2010 Redland Tournament title.
The daughter of Marshall Meyer and David and Christine Geiss, Brianna has three sisters and one brother and is undecided on a major at Indiana.
Hometown: Orland Park, Ill.
High School: Carl Sandburg High School
Position: Pitcher/First Base
Olson will be the third member of her family to attend Indiana and play softball for the Hoosiers, joining older sisters Anna (2005-08) and Sara who still pitches for the team. She helped lead her team as a pitcher to an undefeated season and a Class 4A State title in 2010 in addition to being ranked No. 12 nationally. Both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Southtown Star named Olson to the All-Area Team that same year and she garnered all-conference accolades as well. During her sophomore year, she led Sandburg to a sectional title after earning a conference crown her freshman season. As a member of the Travel team Beverly Bandits, she won gold 2009-2010. In 2010, Olson competed in the ESPN Premier Girls Fastpitch National in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Lora is the daughter of Jeff and Annette Olson and has one brother, two sisters and is undecided on a major at Indiana.
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei
Tamayo has been a standout pitcher for Mater Dei High School, and last year as a junior she posted a 1.17 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 101 innings pitched on her way to conference pitcher of the year accolades. She was also named to a pair of all-tournament teams during the season and helped Mater Dei capture their second consecutive Trinity League championship. As a freshman, Tamayo was named Rookie of the Year and second team all conference after leading Mater Dei to the first of three straight 20-win seasons. While playing with travelball with Strike Force, she helped lead them to a 25th place showing at ASA Nationals in 2010.
The daughter of Peter and Laura Tamayo, Miranda has two brothers and one sister. She is undecided on a major at Indiana.