FGCU Softball Adds Two Florida Transfer Student-Athletes
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Two transfer students from the state of Florida have signed National Letters of Intent to play softball at Florida Gulf Coast University beginning this spring.
Catcher Lauren Barraco attended Bishop Verot High School and graduated from North Fort Myers High School in 2003. Barraco is transferring from the University of South Florida this spring to play catcher for FGCU. She is an athletic receiver behind the plate and the squad looks for her to be fast enough to play the outfield and hit at the top of the order. At North Fort Myers High, Barraco hit a career .350 and led her team to the playoffs each season.
“We are excited about having such a fine competitor as Lauren join our team,” said Eagles head coach David Deiros, who has posted a 112-50 record in three years at FGCU. “She will immediately help us because she is a fantastic defensive catcher and she is an fiery, enthusiastic player. She will do whatever it takes to win games.”
In-fielder Cheyenne Jenks is a graduate of Naples High School who will be transferring from Florida State University. Jenks was a three sport star athlete at Naples High School, earning All-County 3rd baseman honors for the Golden Eagles. She is an excellent catcher and can play every infield position. “The biggest asset Cheyenne brings to this team is her offense,” said Head Coach Deiros, “she is a strong hitter who will drive in runners from the middle of our lineup-however, she has lots of speed and can generate runs on her own. She will make an immediate impact for us.”
FGCU finished the 2004-05 campaign with a 38-18 record and return five players who started at 26 games while losing three main Seniors Ashley Cecil, Kristy Ringler and Blaire Toleman who started at least 40 games out of 56.