The Oregon to Texas transfer train keeps running with the latest announcement from Longhorn head coach Mike White that former Oregon catcher Mary Iakopo has signed to play for Texas. Last year Iakopo hit .306 with 20 extra-base hits & 37 RBIs in earning 2018 Second-Team All-Pac-12 honors.
Pitt softball head coach Jodi Hermanek announced recently announced several new Panthers for the 2019 roster.
Walker Barbee, a junior from Elon University, and Chandler Walter, a sophomore from the University of Utah, will both be eligible to compete in the spring season. “The coaching staff is excited about the mature experience these two student-athletes bring to our roster,” said Hermanek. “They are quality people who will excel academically and contribute athletically.”
HERMANEK ON BARBEE:
“Walker is a true catcher that will provide us with depth and Division I experience behind the plate.”
BARBEE ON PITT:
“I love the game of softball and having the opportunity to play for a highly successful ACC program is a dream come true. Pitt is a highly competitive academic school in a beautifully historic city and I cannot wait to continue my academic and athletic career here.”
Chandler Walter / Infield / Chandler, Ariz. / University of Utah / Perry High School
HERMANEK ON WALTER:
“Chandler brings a high level of experience to our roster as a PAC-12 transfer. We anticipate Chandler will deliver an impact right away to our infield while also offering offensive power.”
WALTER ON PITT:
“I chose the University of Pittsburgh for many reasons. I love the city of Pittsburgh, with all of its interesting architecture, and the University itself offers a great education that aligns with my degree. Additionally, I love how the coaches value hard work and having a family atmosphere. After meeting with the team, I knew I wanted to be a part of this great program.”
Pitt softball head coach Jodi Hermanek also announced the addition of another student-athlete to the University of Pittsburgh softball 2019 recruiting class. The Panthers will welcome Becca Miller to the program following the recent signings of Hope Alley, Kayla Lane, Taegen Lewellen, Emily Riggs and Makenzie Stiles.
Becca Miller / Pitcher/Infield / Mont Belvieu, Texas / Barbers Hill High School
HERMANEK ON MILLER:
“I am thrilled to announce the signing of Becca Miller to the Panther family next fall. Becca’s pitching talents add a specific and special dynamic to the future of our pitching staff and our program.”
MILLER ON PITT:
“The University of Pittsburgh will provide me with an amazing education and lifelong skills. Pitt will allow me to play the game I love at the highest level, which is something I’ve always dreamed of. The atmosphere on campus is electrifying and I can’t wait to play for such a supportive community.”
In some good news for the Oregon Ducks who lost their head coach and several starters from last years team they picked up left-hander Maddie MacGrandle, who played last year for Texas A&M. “Maddie is a crafty lefty who does a great job of changing speeds and using the entire strike zone,” Oregon coach Melyssa Lombardi adding “She’s a really tough competitor on the mound, and I also like that she can contribute offensively from the left side of the plate. I’ve known Maddie for a long time which I think will help her transition quickly, and I know that I am getting a quality young woman who can really help this program.” She will join junior Maggie Balint and Virginia Tech transfer sophomore Jordan Dail on the Oregon staff.
Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Vann Stuedeman adds North Carolina native Desiree Lewis to 2019 signing class. “We are fortunate to get another standout from John Corn’s Lady Lightning,” Stuedeman said. “She is strong, athletic and softball savvy. I look forward to seeing her show off her glove skills on the dirt at Nusz Park this upcoming fall.” Lewis if the fifth member of the Lightning Gold to sign with the Bulldogs during the Stuedeman era, joining the ranks of Mia Davidson, Montana Davidson, Emily Heimberger and Calyn Adams. “Two years ago, I visited Mississippi State for the first time, and I fell in love,” Lewis said. “It was much like my home now. Once I interacted with the people, viewed the campus, and learned what it was like from the players themselves, I knew this would be my future home. I’m blessed to call Mississippi State my future home, and I am ready to finally be a Bulldog!”
Thanks to, Texas, Mississippi State and Pitt athletic departments for their help.