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Softball Adds Five For 2015-16
Thursday, November 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State softball coach Tom Opdenbrouw announces five signees as part of his first signing class as the Tigers skipper. The class of 2019 consists of two Tennesseans to go along with three out of state products.

Erica O’Kane (Jasper) and Abi Stephens (Bon Aqua) hail from the volunteer state, and will be joined by Emma Colegrove of White Lake, Mich., Kim Trice of Brentwood, Calif., and Olivia White of Bloomington, Ind.

Emma Colegrove
C, White Lake, Mich., Kettering HS/Michigan Finesse Lasko

Colegrove is a four-year letter winner for Coach Al Land at Waterford Kettering High School. The team captain batted .550 for KHS. Colegrove is a well-rounded student-athlete serving with Positive Peer Influence, Students Leading Students, as well as a member of the National Honors Society.

Colegrove competes for the Michigan Finesse Fastpitch and coaches Alec Lesko and Bill Arnold. The Finesse finished second at ASA State and fifth at ASA Nationals.

Coach Opdenbrouw on Colegrove
“Emma is a catcher with great presence, strong communication skills, and is natural leader who makes her pitchers better. Her speed and athleticism make her a threat at the plate. Emma led her Finesse team to a top five finish at ASA Nationals in Virginia last summer.”

Erica O’Kane
P/IF, Jasper, Tenn., Marion County HS/TN Fury 97

O’Kane attends Marion County High School, playing for Chris Thomas, Ally Brooks and Larry Richards. O’Kane has a .436 career batting average and is a two-time All-District, as well as, All-Tournament selection. O’Kane paced MCHS to a pair of District titles.

The two-sport athlete was a four-year letter winner in volleyball at Marion County. A captain in her senior season, O’Kane went on to lead the district in kills and aces. O’Kane was named All-District each year of her career and was a three-time selection to the All-Tournament team.

The Tiger signee was a member of Fury 97 coached by Randy Coopinger and Keith Perry. O’Kane helped her travel squad to back-to-back National Championships.

Coach Opdenbrouw on O’Kane
“Erica is a versatile, well rounded player who can pitch, as well as play several positions in the infield. She was a workhorse in the circle this past summer. She knows how to keep batters off balance with her array of pitches. Offensively, Erica swings a big bat and we look for her to be a run producer in our line-up.”

Abigail Stephens
OF, Bon Aqua, Tenn., East Hickman HS/Jack City

Stephens will reunite with current Tigers Chelsea Buchanan and Amber Galyon who all prepped at East Hickman High School for Coach Todd Collins. Stephens batted .565 and led the team in homeruns with five. As a junior, she topped her squad in stolen bases and was named 1st Team All-District. As a sophomore, Stephens helped EHHS to a Regional appearance.

Stephens played her travel ball for Jack City-Jacobs, coached by Chris Jacobs, Charlie Williams, and Michael Connell. The outfielder batted .346 and accumulated a .481 slugging percentage.

Stephens is a member of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).

Coach Opdenbrouw on Stephens
“Abi is a hardworking, gritty, competitor. She has a combination of speed, power, and tenacity, fitting what we were looking for to play in our outfield. Offensively, her skill set makes her the type of athlete who can make things happen at the plate and on the base paths.”

Kimberly Trice
1B, Brentwood, Calif., Heritage HS/All American Sports Academy

Trice preps at Heritage High School for Coach Ron Rivers. Trice earned league MVP honors as she led HHS to league and district championships.

Trice plays travel ball for Julie Marshall and the Lady Hustle. Trice is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Coach Opdenbrouw on Trice
“Kim is a strong hitter who has tremendous power to all fields. She will be counted on to be a big run producer for years to come. She has great softball IQ and works really hard on the diamond.”

Olivia White
P/OF, Bloomington, Ind., Bloomington HS/Midland Magic

White is a three-year starter for Bloomington High School and Coach Meg Montgomery. As a freshman, White was named Rookie of the Year with two no-hitters and helped BHS to the Sectional Finals. As a sophomore, she tossed five shutouts and guided her squad to a Sectional Championship and finished as Runner-ups at Regionals. As a junior, White was selected as the Harold Times Player of the Year after firing four post-season shutouts, including 36 scoreless innings, and helping Bloomington to a State Championship title.

White has been a three-time All-Conference selection, as well as being named to the All-Area team. White plays travel ball for Ron Wilson and the Midland Magic. The Tiger signee works with pitching coach Keith Smith and hitting coach Darwin Davis, Sr.

Coach Opdenbrouw on White
“Olivia is a power pitcher who combines speed and movement. She is a proven winner at the high school and travel ball levels. We are really excited about her potential. She also hits, slaps, and runs extremely well making her a force on offense.”

The five newcomers will join TSU in the fall of 2015. The current Tigers will take to the field on Feb. 8 at the Louisiana-Lafayette/LSU Tournament.