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Thursday, July 22, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Joyce Maudie, head coach of the Tennessee State softball team, has added two more players to the 2005 roster, Kristina Blair and Heather Ebersole, both transfers. Blair, who comes to the Tigers from Texas Tech, will add depth to the pitching staff. The starting pitcher for the past two seasons, she led the team in ERA and strikeouts. During the 2002 campaign, Blair led the Lady Raiders pitchers in wins. A native of Petaluma, Ca., she was a two-time MVP for both the softball and girls' basketball teams. At the end of her senior year, she tabbed the Petaluma High Athlete of the Year. Maudie is looking for Blair to step up not only on the field but in the dugout as well. "Kristina's experiences from Texas Tech will help her be a great leader for the team. I am eager to see her assist in the development of the younger pitchers and am excited about the future she'll have with TSU softball." Ebersole comes to the Tigers from Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., where last year she led the team in stolen bases (49). The Panhandle Academic All-Conference selection concluded the season with a .400 batting average and collected 28 RBI, 12 doubles and four triples. Originally from Rock Island, Ill., Ebersole helped her Sherrard High team to Regional, Sectional and Super-Sectional Championships. She was a three-time All-Conference selection and was two-time All-Area honoree. Ebersole was also tabbed Most Valuable Player three times. She also currently holds SHS's record for most hits in single season. Maudie points to Ebersole's dedication to the sport as a quality that stands out about the versatile player. "Heather understands what it means to succeed on and off the field. She gives her all whether she's at second base, in the outfield, or in the dugout. I'm looking ahead to the upcoming season and her contributions."