FORT MYERS, Fla. – With the softball season quickly approaching, FGCU head coach David Deiros announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the early signing period.
Hannah Horwath (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary HS), Makensie McAvoy (Plant City, Fla./Plant City HS), Bri Morell (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East HS) and Alexis "Louie" Ross (Cape Coral, Fla./Ida Baker HS) will join the Eagles’ as incoming freshmen and will have four years of eligibility starting in 2012-13.
“We are very excited about the addition of our 2012 class. We have added versatility and depth at all positions on the field,” said Deiros. “Every one of our recruits can play multiple positions on defense. They all run well and can get themselves on base. All of them can move runners and drive in runs and we look forward to each of them making an immediate contribution to our team.”
With one more season at Lake Mary High School, Horwath joins the Eagles as the single-season and career record holder for doubles. She was named to the Florida All-State second team in 2011 and the third team in 2010. Also, she was a first team All-Conference selection after batting .430 with 15 doubles, three homers and 20 RBI.
“Hannah can play a variety of different positions on defense, from C to 2B to OF. However, Hannah’s greatest asset is what she can do at the plate,” said Deiros. “She can hit for average and for power and she will be a run-producer at the collegiate level.”
A senior at Plant City High School, McAvoy was named to the Florida All-State first team and the All-Country first team in 2011. She produced a .458 batting average with 21 runs, 14 stolen bases and 27 RBI in just 111 plate appearances.
“Makensie is fearless at the plate and on defense,” said Deiros. “She will battle pitchers on every pitch and run through a fence to go get a fly ball. Her speed and energy will make an immediate impact on our team.”
The only out of state signee, Morell comes to the Green and Blue from Frankfort, Illinois. She is entering her senior season at Lincoln Way East High School after a .426 batting average in 2011 with 21 runs scores and 20 stolen bases.
“Bri plays the game the right way in all facets,” said Deiros. “She utilizes her speed to put immediate and constant pressure on the defense. She can play any of the three outfield spots and can cover a lot of ground.”
The Eagles’ final addition to the 2012-13 roster, Ross posted a .485 batting average and .693 slugging percentage for Ida Baker High School last season. The middle infielder was a finalist for the Fort Myers News-Press Player of the Year in 2011 and was named to the Florida All-State second team after five triples, 31 runs score, 27 RBI and 11 stolen bases in her junior campaign.
“Louie is a fantastic athlete who can play any position on the field. She is best in the middle of the infield and that is where we believe she will get the most opportunities,” said Deiros. “She has improved consistently at the plate and will be a middle of the order run-producer at our level.”
FGCU is close to finalizing the 2012 spring schedule as the Eagles look to improve upon last year’s squad that went 31-25, including a 14-6 record in the Atlantic Sun.