Jan. 17, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University softball coach Holly Bruder announced that Melissa Smith, a right-handed pitcher from Lake Tahoe, Calif., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Lamar.
Smith, a sophomore, will play for the Lady Cardinals this spring after playing one season for Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., where she went 13-6 with a 1.90 ERA while striking out 118 batters in 110 innings. She also picked up two saves.
“We are fortunate to add an athlete with collegiate experience to our roster at mid-year,” Bruder said. “We believe her ability as a pitcher, combined with her work ethic, will only add strength to our already solid pitching staff.”
Smith was a standout player at South Tahoe High School, earning Mount Rose League Player of the Year honors as a senior after leading her team to its first-ever league championship. She set Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association records for strikeouts in a game (17) and season (252). An Academic All-State selection for all four years in high school, she was a first-team all-state pitcher as a senior and honorable mention as a junior.
“I always dreamed that my hard work would pay off and allow me to become a Division I athlete,” Smith said. “Lamar has provided me with the opportunity to fulfill my dreams.”
Lamar brings back softball for the first time since 1987. The Lady Cardinals, who will be eligible for the Southland Conference championship, open the season at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 when they host UTSA in a non-conference doubleheader at Ford Park. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com.