Days after signing his first three players at the University of Evansville, head softball coach Mat Mundell has announced the addition of five more players for his 2015 squad.
“I am excited to add all five of these young ladies to the Aces Family,” Mundell said. “These five players bring a wealth of success and talent to the 2015 roster.”
Twins Mickaela and Samantha Fleming come to UE from Champaign, Ill. Both spent their freshman seasons playing at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. where Samantha was a pitcher and Mickaela was a catcher. Samantha saw action in 15 games for the Lakers where she posted a 2.19 ERA while striking out 41 over the course of 38 1/3 innings of work. At St. Joseph Ogden High School, she came on strong, earning All-Conference honors as a junior and senior while garnering an All-Area award in her final season.
Mickaela played in 43 games at Lake Land as a freshman, posting a .375 batting average. She registered an impressive 21 RBIs in her 72 at-bats. Four of those came via a grand slam versus Wabash Valley Community College. In high school, also at St. Joseph Ogden, she was a 2-time Golden Glove winner, 3-time All-State player and also earned Rookie of the Year honors.
“Samantha is a true utility player. She can come in and pitch for us as well as play anywhere else on the diamond,” Mundell added. “Mickaela is a tremendous defensive catcher. She gives us immediate experience behind the plate.”
Evansville native Abbi Fahse joins the Purple Aces for her senior season after playing last season for Purdue University Calumet. In 36 games for the Peregrines, she batted .375 while recording six home runs and 33 RBIs. In 2012 and ’13, Fahse played at Wabash Valley where she appeared in a total of 92 games for the Warriors as an infielder.
As a freshman, she batted .320 before upping that to a .432 mark as a sophomore. She was named a First Team All-Region 24 player in both seasons while earning NJCAA Third Team All-America honors as a sophomore. Fahse lettered all four years at Reitz High School in Evansville where she was named the Courier & Press All-Metro Player of the Year as a senior.
“We are happy to be able to bring a local product home to finish out her career,” Mundell explained. “Abbi brings much needed experience and leadership to our infield.”
Another local native will stay in the area as Ferdinand, Ind. product Hayli Scott signed with the Aces after playing for McKendree University last season. Scott had a successful career at Heritage Hills HS where she earned three letters in softball and basketball and two in volleyball.
Scott’s senior season saw her bat .348 with 26 RBI while earning All-Conference and All-County honors. Her squad at Heritage Hills won their sectionals in her junior season.
“Hayli is another local player that brings in some much needed depth at catching,” Mundell said.
Freshman pitcher Cecilia Dopart brings a strong resume of success from her career at Glenbard North (Ill.) HS. In 2012, her team won the National Championship while she was named the pithing MVP.
Her 2014 season was equally impressive as she went 27-5 with a 1.00 ERA and 0.72 WHIP. She struck out 324 batters while pitching a 5-inning perfect game. All of her outs were strikeouts.
“We are excited to be able to get a young pitcher like Cecilia,” Mundell said. “She will come in and be a force right away."