Ft Myers, FL -
The following players have signed with Florida Gulf Coast University to play softball starting in the Fall of 2004:
Amanda Bechtoldt, from New Baden, IL, is transferring to FGCU after being a two-year starting pitching at Belmont-Abbey College in North Carolina. She is an exceptional student earning numerous honors in high school while placing on the Dean’s List at Belmont-Abbey.
She earned 55 wins and 0.75 ERA over three seasons at Mascoutah High School in Illinois, all-conference honors over those three seasons, and a regional championship her senior season. She has an 18-22 college pitching record over two seasons with a 1.8 ERA with a very young team. The Crusaders earned a spot in the South Atlantic Regional playoffs this past season. “Amanda is a good pitcher who has a great amount of experience playing softball at the Division II level. She is a workhorse who will be able to give us lots of innings and has pitched successfully against some of the best D-II teams around. She is a competitor on and off the field and will be a great asset to our team.”
Alisha Boyd, from Naples, FL, is a four-year starter in the infield at Gulf Coast High School. She has been an exceptional honors student over her four years at GCHS. She had her best season this past year at SS—hitting .306 for the season with 6 extra base hits, 12 runs scored, 3 out of 4 stolen bases and 15 RBI for the Sharks.
“Alisha has worked hard since her freshman year to improve her game—she hit the weight room, played summer ball, worked independently, and learned the mental parts of the game. She can play second, third, and SS so she will give us additional flexibility with our lineup.”
Natasha Sciallis was a four-year starter in the outfield at Lely High School in Naples, FL. She has been an exceptional student as demonstrated by her membership in the National Honor Society, her 4.0+ weighted GPA, and her dual enrollment over the past year at Edison Community College. She won the Winged Foot Scholarship award for Lely High School and will be their representative at the county award.
She has earned 11 varsity letters in three sports over her career at Lely—she was team captain this past season for the Trojans. She hit .380 this past season with 6 extra base hits, 15 stolen bases, and an on-base percentage of .500.
“We are very excited to have added Natasha to our team—she knows how to play the game and she has the speed and athleticism to fit the mold of our team.”
Rosalind (Roz) Tyre, from Lake City, FL, will be transferring from Polk Community College after earning her AA degree this spring. She earned her degree a year early after taking dual enrollment courses her senior year of high school. She plans to study psychology at FGCU.
Roz played three sports at Lake City Columbia High School. She earned All-Area First team awards for three consecutive years and was first team all-state her junior year and second team all-state her senior year. She was second team all-conference at PCC this past season. “We love Roz’s versatility and competitiveness—she can play the infield and outfield but we really think she can really help us behind the plate—she did a very good job with her pitching staff at Polk. The best part for us is that we get her for three more years because she graduated early”
Jennifer Wise, from Lakeland, FL, has been a two-year starter in the outfield at Florida junior college state champion Indian River Community College. She was recently selected first team all-conference and second team all-state for her play at IRCC on their way to a third place finish in the National tournament last week.
She hit .349 this past season with 6 extra base hits and 14 RBI while scoring 30 runs and only striking out 4 times all season. She stole 19 bases in 20 attempts and did not make an error all season in RF. “Jennifer is a consistent hitter who can hit for power—however, her real asset is her speed. We will have so many options with her in our lineup—she can leadoff and steal bases, handle the bat in the #2 spot, or drive in runs in the 3-6 hole for us. In addition, she can cover a tremendous amount of real estate in the outfield which will improve our defense.”