Natalie Papini Signs with Tennessee State Softball
Monday, May 4, 2009

Nashville --- Natalie Papini has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play softball at Tennessee State next season according to head coach Joyce Maudie.


Natalie Papini, a pitcher/outfielder from Murfreesboro, Tenn., was captain of the softball team at Blackman High School her senior year. In 2008, she was named the Daily News Journal Pitcher of the Year. She also helped the Murfreesboro Tennessee Firebirds to a USFA World Series Championship in 2008.


"We are pleased to welcome Natalie Papini to our 2009 recruiting class,” commented coach Maudie. “We are excited about what Natalie brings to our program in personal character, talent and academic ability.”  


Academically, Papini was a member of the Honor Society and was named the Valedictorian of her graduating class. She was also selected to the Middle Tennessee Softball Coach’s Association All-Academic Team in 2008.


“As the valedictorian of her class, Natalie fits right in with our high academic standards.  She is a very talented student athlete who has had great success as a pitcher.  We are looking forward to growing with Natalie on the diamond and in life."


Also joining the softball program next year will be fall signees pitcher/infielder Tedra Alford, catcher/infielder Brooke Blackford, catcher/infielder Katye Brown, catcher/infielder Kellie Quarles and pitcher Hannah Schnebly.