Dec. 15, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team and head coach Laura Watten announced today the signing of players Brittany Bessho, Alexandra Gagne, Christina Nicole Lau and Alex Michelle Schultze to National Letters of Intent to play for the Terrapins beginning in 2007.
Brittany Bessho is a junior transfer from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Bessho played on the Lady Volunteers since the 2003-2004 season, had 21 RBI's, a batting average of .229, and a .276 slug percentage at Tennessee. As a catcher, she helped the Vols finish third in the NCAA College World Series in 2005. In 2003, she was on the ASA Gold Nationals in Atlanta and was the ISF Canada Cupp All-Star at 3rd base.
A Mission Viejo, California native, Alexandra Gagne plays catcher. At Mission Viejo High School playing under Troy Ybarra, Gagne was chosen as defensive MVP for 2005, named to the south coast all-league team (2005) and team captain for the 2006 team. She also played in 18 U Gold Travel Softball with the California Breeze and was a Scholar Athlete (2003-2005).
Nicole Lau, an outfielder from Centennial, Colorado, comes to the Terrapins as an all-conference first team selection from Grandview High School. The five-foot-two left-hander had a .613 career-best batting average in 2005, a .903 slug percentage and ob% .657, and held the third best batting average in division 5A in 2005.
As co-captain and outfielder for Grandview, Lau helped the Golden Eagles to a 20-10 record. In addition to receiving the all conference first team (2004-2005), Lau was on the all-city first team (2003-2005); was an all-conference team selection in 2003, Rocky Mountain News All-State Honorable Mention (2005) and winner of the Carla Stearns Award her senior year. She also played for the Colorado Pony Express under Ricky Jennings.
Infielder Alex Michelle Schultz is a Westcliffe, Colorado native who was part of the team that led the Pueblo West High School to back-to-back state championships in 2004 and 2005. Playing under coach Bob Zinanti, Schultz had a .428 batting average and led the state in triples her senior year. Prior to that, she was named to the Colorado all-stars, first team all-conference (2003-2005) and the all-Colorado state team (2003-2005). Schultz also played for the Colorado Quicksilver under coaches Jeff Roberts and Dervin Taylor.
For more information on the Terrapin softball program, please visit www.umterps.com.