CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team has added three transfers to the 2014 signing class, head coach Stephanie Hughes announced today. Stephanie Flores (Mercedes, Texas/Temple JC), Alyson Bressie (Galva, Kan./Butler CC) and Cosette Hernandez (San Antonio, Texas/UTSA) will round out the 2014-15 roster.
Flores, a 5-foot-4 pitcher from Mercedes, Texas, spent two seasons at Temple Junior College under head coach Kristen Zaleski. A two-time First Team All-North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference selectee and the 2014 Pitcher of the Year, Flores set the school record for most wins, and currently sits second in strikeouts and fourth in ERA. As a sophomore, she recorded an impressive 1.23 ERA, while registering 283 strikeouts in 204.2 innings pitched. Flores appeared in 34 games, with 30 starts, and allowed just 36 earned runs while giving up 103 hits. She was invited to play in the Canadian Cup and represent USA JUCO.
Prior to her two seasons with the Leopards, Flores was a four-year letterwinner under Betty Morrell at Mercedes High School, where she registered 280 strikeouts and a 0.94 ERA during her senior season.
"Stephanie just gets it done in the circle," Hughes said. "She led the nation in strikeouts this year and averaged over nine per game. She will be a great compliment to our current pitchers and we are excited to have her on the Island."
Bressie, a native of Galva, Kan. is a 5-foot-7 utility player who spent two seasons with Butler Community College. In her two years, she helped the Grizzlies to an outstanding 90-14 record, including a 31-1 record in the KJCCC. As a sophomore she hit .344 with 22 hits, including three doubles and 11 RBIs. She also chipped in 15 runs and six stolen bases. In her first season, she registered a .300 batting average, and drilled 12 hits to go along with 10 RBIs and 19 runs.
Bressie was a four-year letterwinner at Canton-Galva High School in Canton, Kan., under head coach Barry Fritz before joining the Grizzlies program. She helped the Eagles to a 15-7 record during her senior year and was the salutatorian of her class.
"Alyson comes from one of the top junior colleges in the country," Hughes said. "The competition she played against and practiced with daily puts her on a different level than most transfers. We are excited about her athleticism and versatility. She will be able to step in and contribute right away."
Hernandez, a junior transfer from UTSA, will bring two years of Division I experience to the Islanders, who will be looking to replace graduated seniors Valerie Perez and J.J. Jackson in the infield. Last season, the left-handed hitter went 1-for-2 with an RBI against the Islanders at Chapman Field. She played in 33 games for the Roadrunners while starting in 11 of them.
Prior to her two years at UTSA, Hernandez was a four-year letterwinner at Johnson High School in San Antonio. She hit a season-best .542 with 43 hits, 31 runs and 28 RBIs during her senior campaign. She also recorded a .768 slugging percentage to go along with 10 stolen bases.
"Cosette will bring immediate Division I experience to the table," Hughes said. "Her energy is infectious and she will raise the expectations of our infielders with her leadership qualities."
The three will join Ashleigh Perez (Bryan, Texas/Bryan HS), Brianne Trost (Humble, Texas/Atascocita HS) and Savannah Sandoval (Humble,Texas/Tomball HS) as part of the 2014 class.
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Reasons for signing with Texas A&M - Corpus Christi:
Stephanie Flores –
"The softball program, campus, great coaches and great environment."
Alyson Bressie –
"I felt that the coaches would push me to be the best I can be on and off the field and help as much as they can to get me there."
Cosette Hernandez –
"Great coaching staff."