Head Coach Dave Deiros
FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU softball head coach David Deiros announced that three players have signed National Letters of Intent to attend FGCU next fall and play for the 2008-09 Eagle softball team, which finished last season with a 62-8 record and ranked No. 10 in the nation at the Division II level.
The signees are catcher/1B Lindsey Green from Bowling Green, Ky., pitcher/outfielder Cassidy Rash from Crystal River, Fla. and pitcher Alexis Casey from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
“With the addition of Lindsey, Cassidy, and Alexis, we were able to take care of most of our primary needs for next season,” said Deiros. “We expect to sign one or two prospects in the next signing period (April 2008).”
Green plays for Greenwood High School and the Louisville Lady Sluggers. Green has earned First Team Class 3A All-State, First Team All-Academic Team, First Team All-Region and District MVP for 3A as she led Greenwood to the 3A State Championship in 2007.
“Lindsey is the perfect student-athlete to continue our transition to Division I,” said Deiros. “She is a consummate professional on the field, in the locker room, and in the classroom as evidenced by her litany of accomplishments. I expect her to make an immediate impact in our lineup because of her blend of athleticism, power, and leadership.”
Rash plays at Crystal River High School and the Gold Coast Hurricanes travel program. In 2007 for Crystal River, Rash had a 22-4 record with an ERA under 1.0. She earned Second Team All-State honors for Class 4A. Rash will hold every significant area high school pitching record by the end of her senior season.
“Cassidy is an exemplary athlete,” said Deiros. “She runs well, hits for power and average, and can play a variety of different positions. What sets her apart is her skill in the pitcher’s circle, because she tirelessly works on perfecting the mechanics of her delivery. We are looking for her to make a difference for us in our pitching rotation as well as batting order.”
Casey plays for Deerfield Beach High School and the Pembroke Pines Thunder Gold travel program. Casey was named to the Third Team All-Broward County in 2007.
“Alexis has a great frame for a pitcher and can move the ball around the plate very well,” stated Deiros. “She is improving daily on her pitching because of her work ethic and attention to detail on her mechanics. She has a tremendous opportunity to be a top-flight pitcher at FGCU.”
The Eagles open the 2008 season in Tampa, Fla. on Feb. 8 when they participate in the USF Best Western Tournament.