Monday, July 11, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University head softball coach Joyce Maudie has announced the addition of seven players to join her program for the 2006 season. The group includes three junior college transfers, three high school signees, and one transfer from another Ohio Valley Conference school. The junior college transfers are outfielder/shortstop Diana Clifford and catcher Erin Finneran, both from Chipola (Fla.) College and infielder Emily Samana from Santa Rosa (Cal.) College. The high school signees are third baseman/shortstop Melanie Cruz from McGavock High School, pitcher/first baseman Stephanie Kemme from New Albany, Ind., HS., and first baseman Lesley White from Greenbrier HS. The transfer is pitcher/outfielder Lauren Weber from Franklin who played last season at Tennessee-Martin. Clifford, from Braidwood, Ill., batted .490 with 22 RBI this past season at Chipola. She had 19 extra-base hits and also had eight stolen bases. She was an all-conference performer at Reed Custer High and was named to the Super 60 for the Chicago area. She led her team to a third place finish in the state championship. Finneran, also attended Chipola from Illinois. She was an honorable mention All-Panhandle Conference choice as a sophomore. At Morrison High, she was a third team All-Illinois selection and all-conference three seasons. She also was on pair of ASA Illinois State Tournament champion teams. Samana is capable of playing first, third, and shortstop. She was a two-time all-conference choice and was named as the Bay Valley Conference Player of the Year this spring. She was named to the All-California junior college team. She was the Sonoma County Player of the Year two seasons as a player at Casa Grande High School. Cruz was an all-district selection and named to the Middle Tennessee All-Academic team. She was named McGavock's top defensive player. She was also a Distinguished Scholar award winner. Kemme graduated from New Albany High. She was New Albany's Most Improved Player in 2004. She also played summer softball in Georgia, playing on several championship teams. White was a three-time all-district selection at Greenbrier High. She was an All- Mid-State selection and was a member of the state championship team in 2003. She played travel softball with the Nashville Sting. Weber was a scholar athlete at Franklin High. She was all-district four consecutive years and was MVP along with earning both the top offensive and defensive player awards during her career. She will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Tigers.