Nov. 18, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of three stories looking at the first recruiting class of Lamar softball coach Holly Bruder as the university revives its softball program in the spring of 2013. This installment is on the infielders.
Casey Cromwell (Danville, Ill.) has plenty of pop in her bat. As a senior at Danville High School, she hit .493 with a 1.014 slugging percentage. Cromwell hit 11 doubles, three triples and seven home runs with 45 RBIs. She was 26-of-26 on stolen bases. For her career, she belted 35 home runs.
Cromwell, who will attend Weatherford College this season, can play catcher as well as infield.
"Casey is a player I have looked forward to coaching a few years," Bruder said. "She has developed into a great collegiate athlete. She is the type of player who comes early and stays late to better herself and her team."
Lauren Gambone (Canton, Ohio) was named to the Start County All-Star team in each of the past two seasons at Canton Central Catholic High School. Last season as a junior, she hit .419 and led the county with 35 RBIs.
"Lauren is a player who can play anywhere and be successful," Bruder said. "She is an athlete with a great glove and great arm. She is a power hitter who will help bring in the big RBIs for us next season."
Ashley McDowell (Plano, Texas) hit .392 with 35 RBIs for Plano Senior High School as a junior last season. Named to the Dallas Morning News All-Area Softball Team, Plano was also solid defensively with a .973 fielding percentage.
"Ashley is a player who appreciates hard work and is dedicated to team success," Bruder said. "Her bat is extremely consistent. She will thrive on the opportunity to take her game to the Division I level. She has a great glove at first base and will help strengthen our infield."
Stephanie Meeuwsen (Hillsboro, Ore.) hit .447 with 30 RBIs and 34 runs scored as a junior shortstop for Liberty High School last season. Meeuwsen struck out just eight times in 94 at bats. The team MVP, she was selected to the ISF World Cup team.
"Stephanie is a player who makes the hard plays look easy," Bruder said. "She has the range and glove a middle infielder needs at this level to be successful. She is very quick and will be a great addition to our lineup."
Shannon Sain (Beaumont, Texas) pitched and played infield last season for Hamshire Fannett High School. She earned all-state and all-district honors as a pitcher last season for a team that was ranked fifth in the state.
Sain will play for Blinn College this season before transferring to Lamar.
"Shannon comes to Lamar with not only a successful high school background, but with some collegiate experience as well," Bruder said. "With her smooth hands and smart play, she will help strengthen our infield immediately."