July 10, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The incoming recruiting class for Lamar University softball comes in riding a wave of success as the school prepares for its first season of competition since 1987.
The players who will take the field this spring for the Lady Cardinals feature a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American, junior college all-conference and all region players, high school state and district champions and high school all-state, all-region and all-conference players.
"I'm very proud of what these players accomplished," Lamar softball coach Holly Bruder said. "I believe we have players who can come here and make an immediate impact at this level."
Among the top junior college recruits are Tina Schulz from LSU-Eunice, who led her team to the NJCAA Division II national championship as a freshman and a second-place finish this season; and Beverly Corry of Weatherford College, who was a first-team all-conference and all-region selection.
Schulz, a two-time NJCAA All-American, went 23-4 with a 1.11 ERA this season, striking out 156 while walking just 15 in 169 innings pitched. Schulz, who also plays first base, batted .429 with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 56 RBIs. She holds LSU-Eunice records for wins and strikeouts.
Corry, who plays catcher and first base, hit .354 with two home runs and 23 RBIs, while not committing an error the entire season.
Shannon Sain of Blinn College went 13-1 with a 1.08 ERA, while leading her team to a fifth-place finish in the NJCAA tournament.
Outfielder Candyce Carter of San Jacinto College hit .342 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs from the leadoff spot. Carter was a first-team all-conference and second-team all-region selection.
Pitcher Shannon Millman of San Jacinto College hit.391 while posting a 14-5 record with a 2.35 ERA while leading her team to a No. 11 ranking in Division I of the NCAA.
Third baseman Casey Cromwell of Weatherford College hit .368 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs, while earning first-team all-conference and all-region accolades.
Outfielder Tiffany Schwartzenburg of Lamar State College-Port Arthur hit .329 with team highs of five home runs and 39 RBIs while leading her team to a school-record 30 wins. Schwartzenburg scored 27 runs and had seven doubles.
Outfielder Julianne Viator of Galveston College hit .298 while garnering second-team all-conference honors.
The incoming freshmen are led by pitcher Tierney Nelson of Clinton High School, who led her team to its second consecutive Michigan Class 3A state championship. Nelson, a first-team all-state performer, went 33-1 with a 1.02 ERA. She posted 11 shutouts and struck out 359 batters. Nelson was named a second team high school All-America by MaxPreps.
Pitcher Ashley Rey of University School in Florida went 24-4 with 13 shutouts and a 0.47 ERA, striking out 249 in 165 innings. A first-team all-county player, she led her team to a district title. Rey was a first-team all-state selection and named a second-team high school All-America by MaxPreps.
Infielder/catcher Lauren Gambone of Canton Central Catholic in Ohio hit .540 with five home runs and 45 RBIs. She set school records for most RBIs in a season and a career and for career putouts. An All-Ohio player, her team went 23-6 and won its first-ever district championship.
Shortstop Stephanie Meeuwsen of Liberty High School in Oregon was her conference's player of the year. A first-team all-state selection, she hit .467 with two home runs and 26 RBIs.
Outfielder Ashleigh Jones of Little Cypress-Mauriceville was named to the Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold softball team was the Offensive Player of the Year on the All-Orange Leader team after hitting .432 with 29 RBIs. Jones, who scored 49 runs and stole 13 bases lead her team to a 34-10 record and the Class 20-4A title.
Catcher/infielder Baylie Comeaux is another Little Cypress-Mauriceville product. Comeaux, a first-team All-District 20-4A player was also named to the Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold team and the All-Orange Leader team after hitting .360 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs.
Infielder/outfielder Taylor Duck of Oak Ridge High School earned team MVP and first-team all-district honors after hitting .506 with an .882 slugging percentage.
"I'm can't wait for these players to come on campus and for practice to start," Bruder said. "I think we can be competitive in the Southland Conference."