November 12, 2009

ISLANDER SOFTBALL SIGNS TRIO OF PLAYERS ON FIRST DAY

Islander softball head coach Jake Schumann announced the addition of three players for the 2010 class on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Coming in for the Islanders are two high school players and one junior college transfer that continue to raise the level of recruiting for the TAMUCC program.

The first signee is Geri Whitman, right-handed power pitcher that comes to the Island from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. In her first year on the Lakers team, she helped her team to a conference championship and the best record in the college's history. In high school, Whitman averaged 2.4 strikeouts per inning and led the district in strikeouts during her senior season while posting a .079 ERA. She was named first team on the all-county, all-section, all-region and all-district teams and was the district MVP. She made the first team of the all-district squads following her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

"Geri is a hard throwing right handed pitcher with a fastball in the upper 60 mph range," said Schumann. "We feel that it is something the Southland Conference is not used to so it gives us an added edge to have someone with that velocity and hopefully a high number of strikeouts.

"She is a junior college transfer that will give us experience in the circle and help balance out the pitching staff."

Laura Phillips is a 5-10 catcher out of John Foster Dulles High School in Sugar Land. At one time a Texas Tech commitment, Phillips switched to the Islanders after the head coach left the Red Raiders program. She hit .422 last season with a .661 on-base percentage with seven home runs and 14 RBIs. She was named First Team All-District 23-5A last season and was the team captain and MVP the past two seasons. Phillips holds the school record with 13 home runs in her career and also has the record for doubles with 32 in her career.

"We are lucky to have Laura Phillips, after she decommited from Texas Tech we brought her in on a visit and she fell in love with the campus and school," said Schumann. "She may not see a lot of playing time her freshman year but will learn from one of the best catchers in the country.

"She has a big bat and should contribute offensively in the time she sees."

Jamise Jackson is the final signee, a 5-7 left-handed first baseman who will come in and compete for the position

"Jackson is a pretty big find for us, she ended up choosing us over Tulsa," said Schumann. "She is a left-handed power hitter who will get a chance to play right away with the way the wind blows out at our home field.

"In addition to adding power to our lineup, she is one of those high character kids that is always good to have in the program."

All three players add up to a top quality signing class for the program and adds players that will contribute to the continued building of the program.

"We are pretty lucky to get these three players who were all recruited by high end schools, Jamise at Tulsa, Laura at Texas Tech and Geri at Arkansas," said Schumann. "It speaks volumes about the kind of kids we are bringing into the program now.

"They will help us reload after next year and continues our building from the previous class."