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Nov. 21, 2011

Gretchen Aucoin
RHP/INF - Ocean Springs, Miss. (Ocean Springs H.S.)

One of the top pitching prospects in the country ... hard-throwing right-hander that has been clocked in the upper 60s ... bats left-handed and has power to all fields ... did not play on her high school team ... instead, focused on travel ball with the Mississippi Elite '94 squad ... traveled nationally with squad, competing in several of the top tournaments in the country ... will boost Tech in the circle while also filling a spot in Tech's batting lineup.

"Gretchen is a kid from Ocean Springs, Miss. that we never dreamed we would get a kid out of that area. We saw her at the junior nationals. She is just a fantastic athlete, 6'0 tall, she runs well, throws hard, left-handed hitter. She's a kid that has a tremendous upside and one of the most talented kids I've ever recruited. We expect her to make an impact when she gets into town. She's young and should actually be a junior instead of a senior, so she has a lot of development to do, but she has the tools to do so. A kid like her is one we think can be an impact pitcher and hitter in our conference for years to come." - Shanon Hays


Anne Binschus
INF - Gig Harbor, Wash. (Peninsula H.S.)

One of the top hitters in the Washington area ... named to the South Puget Sound League first team following sophomore season ... named to the first team once again after her junior season ... hit over .500 her junior season with 19 runs scored and 20 RBI, according to MaxPreps ... also did not commit an error in the field that season either ... member of the school's volleyball program as well ... another signee that was heavily seen on the travel squad circuit.

"Anne is a kid we committed early because she can hit. She can swing the bat very well, but she's also a very solid defensive player that can play any of the infield positions. We got her through our Washington ties as she has played with several of our current players from that area. From the first time I saw her, I fell in love with the type of player she is. She plays hard and is very competitive and very good with the bat. That's what we were looking for - a solid offensive player."

 

 


Lauran Bliss
C/OF - Kieizer, Oreg. (South Salem H.S.)

Athletic catcher who will provide quality depth for the Red Raiders ... two-time first team all-league slection while at South Salem High School ... hit .360 as a junior with seven home runs and 30 RBI ... finished with a .422 average as a sophomore that included four home runs and 31 RBI ... near perfect fielder that has totaled over 30 assists over the last two seasons ... two-time Oregon All-State selection by coaches association ... played on the Northwest Bullets softball organization.

"Lauren is a kid we brought in to try to fill our catching duties with Cydney Allen and Holley Gentsch being seniors. We needed another kid to come in and give us depth at catcher, and she's going to push to catch right off the bat just because she's that talented. She has a super arm and very athletic for a catcher. She's really going to be a great addition to our catching unit." - Shanon Hays


Samantha Camello
INF - Temecula, Calif. (Temecula Valley H.S.)

Talented infielder who will compete for playing time right away ... helped lead Temecula Valley High School to playoff runs each the last two seasons ... squad was a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) finalist her junior year ... earned several all-league and scholastic honors during her four seasons on the varsity team ... played for The Next Level softball organization, which won the U-16 ASA National Championships with Camello on the squad.

"Sam is an athletic, quick middle infielder. Second base is probably her best position. She does everything well and really is a five-tool player. She knows how to handle the bat and comes from a great summer program that won U-16 ASA Nationals. We expect her to be good for us right away."


Shannon Carrico
RHP - San Angelo, Texas (Wall H.S.)

Powerful right-hander out of class 2A Wall High School ... named to a first team all-state selection following junior season by the Texas Sports Writers Association ... was also an all-state pick her sophomore year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association ... named the district MVP following her sophomore and junior seasons ... helped lead the Lady Hawks to their first state tournament appearance last season as well ... played for the Texas Glory softball club.

"Shannon is a talented, strong-throwing kid that when we committed her, she was raw and really coming on. She's going to give some definite punch to our pitching staff. If she has a good summer here coming up and gets some confidence pitching against some of the top hitters in the country, there's no telling what she could do for us next year." - Shanon Hays


Nikki Dunlap
INF - Willcox, Ariz. (Willcox H.S.)

Athletic infielder that came from Arizona class 2A program in Willcox High School ... squad won the state title her junior year ... fell a game short as a sophomore ... first team all-state pick following her junior season ... named to the MaxPrepes Small Schools All-American team after that year as well ... hit .604 as a junior with 57 runs scored and 35 RBI ... recorded seven home runs as well ... also plays for the Arizona Desert Thunder club team.

"Nikki is another player that has West Texas roots. Her dad grew up on a farm here. She grew up in Arizona and is a kid that can play all the infield positions and all the outfield positions. She's a great athlete, and I'm anxious to see how she fits in once she gets here as far as position wise and where she can play. She's very versatile and a strong, athletic kid. She's going to have a chance to do some things early for us." - Shanon Hays


Mattison Maisel
RHP - Spring, Texas (Klein Oak H.S.)

Talented right-hander from just outside of Houston ... finished 21-6 her junior year with a 2.11 earned-run average ... fanned 133 batters over 146 innings as well ... also hit .382 at the plate with 17 RBI and 21 runs scored ... played on a Klein Oak team that had several players go on to play collegiately ... named to the District 5A-13 first team at the end of her junior year ... also honored on the Sun Softball first team.

"Mattison is a kid that we were thrilled to get from Houston and a great travel program that when we committed her, she was very young but 5'10. We thought she had a long ways to go, but she wanted to come to Texas Tech. She has Tech roots. Both her parents came here and her dad played football here. Since she committed, she has filled out and gotten even taller. She's a kid that has a super upside in the circle because she's athletic and long and tall. She just needs to fill out a little bit more, and it's going to be fun working with her. Coach (Aly) Sartini is really looking forward to that."


Tess McPherson
RHP/OF - Scottsdale, Ariz. (Notre Dame Prep H.S.)

Dominant right-hander from Arizona ... went 25-5 as a junior with a 1.54 earned-run average ... finished with 284 strikeouts and only 47 base on balls ... had 10 or more strikeouts in 13 games during the year ... also hit .458 at the plate with a pair of home runs and 40 RBI ... also totaled seven doubles and five triples ... was a honorable mention All-Class 4A pick by the Arizona Republic as a sophomore ... selected to the 4A-II East Sky Regional first team as a junior ... was also the region's Player of the Year.

"Tess is a player that actually we ended up getting here at Texas Tech because of my dad (longtime Tech baseball coach Larry Hays). One of my dad's old pitching buddies was her pitching coach, and he told us about Tess. I went to see her late, and she didn't want to go to just any school. She wanted to go to either the Pac-12 or the Big-12. I didn't think we would have a chance to get her. She's another two-way kid. She throws hard, an accomplished pitcher, who can also run and play in the outfield. Having kids like that that can do more than one thing gives you some options, and Tess definitely does that." - Shanon Hays


Olive Naotala
INF - Oceanside, Calif. (El Camino H.S./Howard College)

Two-year starter for Howard College at shortstop ... one of the top junior college prospects in the country ... combines power at the plate with quickness up the middle ... hit .469 as a freshman with 20 home runs and 94 RBI, all team highs ... named to the Louisville Slugger/ NFCA All-America first team ... also named to the WJCAC All-Conference team ... selected as the MVP of the All-Region V West team ... regularly played against Tech during fall exhibition games ... played at the successful El Camino High School program that was one of the best in Southern California.

"Olive was a huge get for us. With all these freshmen, Olive can come in and immediately give us experience in our infield and mainly in the middle of our lineup. She's a tremendous hitter and strong, athletic kid. I think she is the best junior college player in the college. In fact, last year she proved that to me. She's just a phenomenal talent. She has to come in and be an impact player for us right away." - Shanon Hays


Sydnie Tapia
OF/INF - Arlington, Texas (Summit H.S.)

Athletic utility player out of the metroplex area ... will boost Tech's spend both in the infield and outfield ... switch hitter ... wrapped her sophomore year as the District 4-5A MVP ... also honored by the Dallas Morning News as the publications player of the week late in her sophomore year ... finished that year with a .408 average with nine home runs and 29 RBI ... her nine homers led the district ... also totaled 10 stolen bases ... played for the Texas Gold club program.

"Sydnie is a kid that we saw late at a camp that's very athletic and very fast. She'll challenge Kermitria Ward for quickness on our team. She has a huge upside and can play a lot of positions, and we're lucky to get her." - Shanon Hays

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