ISLANDER SOFTBALL STRENGTHENS PROGRAM WITH SPRING SIGNEES
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball program signed two players to National Letters of Intent (NLI) to complete their signing class for the year. Jordan Trujillo and Constance Brandenburg were added to the three players who signed in the fall during the early signing period.
Trujillo is a sophomore from Pima Community College that has helped her team to a 50-8 overall record to this point in the season and a 21-5 mark in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. She was named to ACCAC's Pitcher of the Week on April 18 after going 2-1 and picking up two wins against the defending national champion and No. 4 ranked Yavapai College Roughriders. Trujillo currently has her team in first place in the conference standings with a 26-4 pitching record on the year. Her 26 wins leads the NJCAA while she is sixth in strikeouts with 241 this season for the top total in the ACCAC. She chose Texas A&M-Corpus Christi over the Arizona Wildcats.
"Some will argue that Jordan is the best juco pitcher in the nation...I wouldn't argue that point. She and her teammates play in the toughest softball region in the country and she has been dominate. She has a full arsenal of pitches and the ability to strike out multiple hitters in an outing. Her ability to dominate, coupled with our ability to defend and hit makes for a great recipe for success in the future." said head coach Jake Schumann.
Brandenburg will come to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi from nearby King High School in Kingsville. The senior pitcher and first baseman currently has a 10-3 record and a 2.07 ERA in her final high school season. She is also hitting .469 on the year with one home run, four doubles, one triple and 12 RBI. She has a .750 slugging percentage and a .585 on-base percentage. She was named First Team All-State following her sophomore and junior seasons.
"I have known Constance since she was 10 years old. It is always good to recruit and get the best local talent. Constance has a wealth of ability in the circle as well as with the stick. She has a lot to learn to be a good DI pitcher but with being 6' tall and having long arms the recipe for success is there. The sky is the limit for Connie and she knows what she has to do to reach her full potential. I fully anticipate her shining in our system in the very near future." said Schumann.
In addition to those two, the Islanders signed three players, Geri Whitman, Jamise Jackson and Laura Phillips, to NLIs in the fall signing period.
Whitman is a right handed pitcher from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. who chose the Islanders over the University of Arkansas.
"Geri is a power arm with the ability to hit the high 60's. She splits time at her juco with a very good staff and is still in the top 10 statistically nationally in strikeouts. That speaks volumes of her ability to pitch. I fully anticipate Geri to get even better and flourish in the Southland Conference." said Schumann.
Jackson is a first baseman from Waxahachie High School that will look to compete for playing time immediately. She chose the Islanders over Tulsa.
"JJ is one of the best pure hitting, power, left handed hitters out there. She is softball savvy and should compete for time at 1B and DP next year. She was recruited to come in and fill the power position that will be vacated with the graduation of Margo Hurdt. Jamise fits with our style of hitting and approach at the plate and is a great sign for our program." said Schumann.
The final signee from the fall was Laura Phillips, a catcher from Dulles High School in Sugarland. Phillips signed with the Islanders over Texas Tech.
"Laura is going to be the catcher of the future for Islander softball. She had originally committed to Texas Tech but with the departure of Coach Wilson, decided to make a change. We are very fortunate that she will be coming to the Island. Laura is exactly what we look for when recruiting a catcher; she is tall, talented behind the plate and can swing the stick with the ability to lead. She will come in and learn from one of the best in Brittany Tucker, get her at bats and be the corner stone for this program for the next four years." said Schumann.
The five signees from the past year will help Schumann continue building a winning program on the Island and have the team competing for the Southland Conference title year in and year out.
"In this class we needed to replace pitching and add some power. I feel we went above and beyond with this class and gives us the opportunity to recruit speed and defense in future classes. This is the second full recruiting class since my arrival on the Island and I feel we have the puzzle pieces in place to build on the successes from this season into the future." said Schumann.