Thursday, August 25, 2005
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State softball program has wrapped up its recruiting efforts for the 2005-06 season with the addition of pitcher/utility player Samantha Hurst from West Melbourne (Fla.) High School. TSU head coach Joyce Maudie has announced the signing of Hurst. She posted impressive numbers as both a high school and summer program player. "We are pleased that Samantha has joined the Tennessee State Softball program," said Maudie. "She is an outstanding pitcher that compliments the Tigers pitching staff and provides much needed depth in the circle. "Sam is a versatile athlete that should contribute in numerous ways. Signing Sam puts the final touch on a promising group of recruits that should greatly bolster the TSU softball program." As a senior, Hurst had a .408 batting average. On the mound, she had a 0.61 earned run average and led her conference with 323 strikeouts in just 20 games. She was touted as the top knuckle ball pitcher in Florida. She was a member of the ASA Tampa Wildcats this summer. Also an outstanding student in the classroom and involved in other student activities, Sam is the daughter of Jerry and Marsha Hurst.