Texas Tech Adds to Recruiting Class With JUCO Signee Lea Hopson

Southern Idaho standout Lea Hopson will join the Red Raiders for the 2014 season.
Photo courtesy of College of Southern Idaho Athletics.

June 11, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech softball coach Shanon Hays added to his 2012-13 recruiting class Tuesday with the signing of junior college transfer Lea Hopson to a financial aid agreement.

Hopson, who starred the past two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho, becomes the 10th member of Tech's recruiting class for next season and the second player to come from the junior college ranks, joining Navarro College's Jessica Marshburn.

"We're excited to add a player of Lea's caliber to our roster for next season," Hays said. "She will be an extremely versatile player for us and give us several options both in the infield and the outfield. Lea is a talented hitter who will bring both power and quickness to our lineup. We're thrilled to get her and have her be a Red Raider."

Hopson was among the top junior college hitters in the country the past two seasons as she hit .431 this year with 12 home runs and 46 RBI. She led the Eagles with both a .521 on-base percentage and a .702 slugging percentage and was also able to use her speed to record five doubles, four triples, and a team-leading 24 stolen bases.

The performance earned the infielder first team All-American honors from the NJCAA, making her the seventh signee during Hays' tenure and the second in the 2013 class to receive the accolade prior to joining the Red Raiders.

A native of Sequim, Wash., Hopson hit. 359 as a freshman to go along with nine home runs, 11 doubles, six triples, 53 RBI and 62 runs scored. She helped lead the Eagles to a 43-18 record in 2012 before finishing 50-11 this past season.

She signed with Southern Idaho after a successful prep career at Sequim High School where she helped lead the Wolves to the 2011 state title thanks in part to a team-leading 12 home runs. She snapped the school record with 13 home runs as a junior en route to her first of two league MVP honors.

Hopson will have two years of eligibility remaining after arriving at Tech this fall.




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