Nov. 19, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Three recruits signed National Letters of Intent to play softball at Maryland head coach Laura Watten announced today. Ashley Czechner (Waccamaw HS/Pawleys Island, S.C.), Jessica Butler (Maryvale/Baltimore, Md.), and Kelly Trimble (St. Vincent Pallotti/Laurel, Md.) all signed on to compete for the Terrapins beginning in the 2011 season.
"All three signees will add strength, positive energy and depth to our team," Watten said.
Czechner is a talented strikeout master that broke nearly every record at her high school. In the 2009 season, she went 28-3 and carried an ERA of .27. Her strikeout total of 494 batters in 208 innings was far above any other pitcher in the state. After helping her Lady Warrior team to the Class AA state crown, Czechner was named Class AA Player of the Year.
At the plate, she carried a .318 average, hit three home runs and notched 27 RBI. She was a member of the Carolina Lady Lightning this past summer and played for the Georgetown County Dixie Debs championship team in 2007.
"Ashley was recruited extensively throughout the past two years by many PAC 10, ACC and Big 12 programs," Watten said. "She will be a great addition to our program and will be a great force on the mound in the ACC."
The class also includes two local Maryland athletes, Butler and Trimble. Butler led her Towson Catholic team to IAAM `C' Division championships in 2007 and 2008 and in 2009 led her high school to the `B' Conference championship, where they lost to her current team, Maryvale, who she will play for this spring. She was named First Team All-Baltimore County (The Baltimore Sun), All-Examiner (Baltimore Examiner) and All-Digital Sports Maryland. She has been named an IAAM All-Star all three years of her high school career.
"Jessica has had a great high school career in Maryland and will add depth on the mound for us," Watten said.
Named a `Top 2010 Prospect' by Rivals.com, Trimble was named an IAAM All-Star twice, the Prince George's County Player of the Year by The Washington Post and a "Player to Watch" by The Baltimore Sun. A catcher and first base player, she was also named a Top 100 softball player. Her versatility behind the plate, talent at first base and powerful hitting will make her a vital asset to the Terrapin squad.
"Kelly will be a great asset to our program with her work ethic, versatility and pride in the University of Maryland," Watten said.
The 2010 Terps will begin their season Feb. 19 at a tournament hosted by Florida Atlantic.