Tuesday, August 5, 2003
NASHVILLE --- Two California junior college transfers are the newest additions to the Tennessee State University softball program, Tiger head coach Joyce Maudie has announced. Infielder Jade Savusa, from Ewa Beach, Hawaii comes to TSU from Ventura Community College while shortstop/outfielder Caryn Barber joins the Tigers from Santa Rosa Junior College in her hometown. Savusa was an All-Hawaii selection in high school at Mid-Pacific High. She also was a standout in basketball, earning Player of the Year honors for Mid-Pacific. She then moved to Ventura where she was a two-year letter winner in both basketball and softball. She earned second-team all-conference honors this past spring in softball. ?Jade made an impression on me when we first spoke on the phone this past spring,? said Maudie. ?Her work ethic coupled with her overall strength and ability are her greatest assets. Jade has tremendous potential to be an impact player at TSU and in the Ohio Valley Conference.? Barber was a first-team JC All-America this season at Santa Rosa along with being named All-California, and All-Northern California. She hit .500 as a sophomore after posting a .446 average her freshman season. At Piner High School in Santa Rosa, she was four-time team MVP and earned All-Empire in softball two years and all-conference three times. ?We are thrilled to welcome Caryn into the TSU athletics family,? said Maudie. ?With Caryn's softball experience in the California junior college program, I anticipate that she will make an immediate impact upon our softball program.? The two players will report to campus to begin fall semester classes later this month. The team is scheduled to play in a pair of fall tournaments. ###