ISLANDERS SIGN KACIE SMITH TO NATIONAL LETTER

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball program added power and speed after signing Junior College All-American Kacie Smith to a national letter of intent on Wednesday.

Smith, a sophomore at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., has been a key component to the success of her current team. The Yavapai Rough Riders are currently #1 in the NJCAA rankings.

"Kacie adds to our impressive list of transfer signings this year," said head coach Jake Schumann. "She is the ultimate 'gamer' with outstanding defensive capabilities at 3B and some pop in her bat."

Smith currently is hitting .423 as sophomore with nine homeruns, 13 doubles, 56 RBI and a perfect 20-for-20 in stolen base attempts. Smith is 54-for-55 in her two-year career in stolen bases. Her freshman year, she hit .414 with 67 RBI and 69 runs scored. For her production in her rookie year, Smith was awarded the honor of All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and 1st Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American in 2007-08

"Kacie brings that win at all costs attitude, much like our other signings this year," said Schumann. "She is definitely part of the culture change that is taking place on the Island for the 2009-2010 season."

Smith chose the Islanders over the University of Minnesota. She is from Waddell, Ariz. and will be joining teammate Brittany Tucker on the island next season.