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    NC State Softball Signs 5 Recruits for 2014
    First-year coach Shawn Rychcik
    First-year coach Shawn Rychcik

    Dec. 3, 2012

    RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team has signed five recruits in the 2012 early signing period, Wolfpack first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik announced on Monday.

    Rychcik’s first recruiting class, which will enroll in the fall of 2013, will strengthen his team’s depth when it arrives, adding two players in the outfield, and one each in the infield, behind the plate and one in the pitching circle.

    “We filled some needs that we have on our roster,” Rychcik said. “And we have also added talented players at those positions.”

    The well-rounded class includes pitcher Courtney Mirabella of East Manatee, Fla., a top recruit in her state, who remained committed to the Wolfpack, despite heavy recruiting efforts after the school’s coaching change in the summer.

    She remained committed to the Wolfpack, the first school to recruit and offer her an athletics scholarship, following a stellar summer travel team season.

    Outfielder Tyler Ross, a native of Cameron, N.C., has been a North Carolina softball phenom since being named a Sophomore All-American at Union Pines High School two years ago. In her first three seasons of high school softball, the three-sport standout has clubbed 24 home runs, batted .616 and stolen 118 bases in 124 attempts.

    Last season, as a junior, she belted 13 homers, seven doubles and seven triples and was successful in 31 of her 32 stolen base attempts. As a pitcher, Ross has compiled a 20-6 record in her first three seasons of high school competition, including three no-hitters as a freshman.

    Ross, who has never missed a day of school in 12 years and owns a 3.7 grade point average, will play her final prep season at Middle Creek High School in Apex.

    Rychcik signed two players from California, outfielder Hannah Yeager of Los Gatos, Calif., and catcher Molly Hutchinson of Spring Valley, Calif.

    Yeager is a switch-hitting outfielder who is entering her fourth year as a starter at Los Gatos High School, which has qualified for the state playoffs the last two seasons. She earned first-team all-league honors as a junior and honorable mention honors as a sophomore.

    Hutchinson has not only been a successful catcher in high school, she was also the starter behind the plate on Southern California’s Next Level Under-16 team that won the 2011 Amateur Softball Association national championship.

    Speedy infielder Nadia Kemp of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., helped her team win back-to-back New York Class AA championships as a sophomore and junior as the team’s leadoff hitter. She earned individual honors from the Poughkeepsie Journal and as a member of the all-section team.

    NC State 2013 Softball Signees
    Player                         Pos.     B/T     Ht.       Hometown/School
    Nadia Kemp                  2b       R/R      5-2      Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
    Courtney Mirabella         P         R/R     5-5      East Manatee, Fla.
    Tyler Ross                     OF       L/L      5-10    Cameron, N.C.
    Hannah Yeager             OF        S/R      5-7      Los Gatos, Calif
    Molly Hutchinson           C         R/R      6-0      San Diego, Calif.        

    Molly Hutchison
    Catcher, 6-0
    Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
    Steele Canyon High School
    San Diego, Calif.

    As a junior, HHutchinsonutchinson had a .390 batting average, a .505 on-base percentage and a .841 slugging percentage. She scored 21 runs. Three doubles, two triples and a team-high 10 home runs, twice as many as any other player on the team. Drove in a team-best 35 RBIs, 19-12, 7-3

    As a sophomore, Hutchinson hit .378 with a .537 slugging percentage. On the season, she had five doubles, a triple, two home runs and a team-best 24 RBIs.

    As a freshman, Hutchinson made 81 plate appearances, hitting five doubles and four home runs and driving in a team-high 21 runs.

    She was also a member of Southern California’s Next Level Under-16 team, coached by Jerry Delamater, that won the 2011 Amateur Softball Association national championship in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    She is the daughter of Richard and Shelli Hutchinson.

    Head coach Shawn Rychcik:

    “Molly is a tremendous receiver behind the plate and has a coaches' wish-list 6-foot frame to go with it.  Her catching techniques continued to impress all summer along with a strong bat that will be a threat in the lineup.”

    Nadia Kemp
    Second base, 5-2
    Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
    John Jay High School—East Fishkill
    Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

    A speedy infielder and leadoff hitter, Kemp helped John Jay High School in East Fishkill, N.Y, win back-to-back New York Class AA championships as a sophomore and junior as the team’s leadoff hitter. She played for head coach Bonnie Schilling.

    She was named to the Poughkeepsie Journal first-team All-Star team as a sophomore and junior.

    As a junior, she batted .395, with four home runs, 12 RBIs and 26 runs scored. She also posted a .641 slugging percentage and a .442 on-base percentage.

    The daughter of Robert and Tania Cohen, Kemp also played for the Connecticut Charmers Gold travel team for coach Neil Swanchak.

    The three-time softball team captain, Kemp also played volleyball and ran winter track and is a member of the National Honor Society.

    Head coach Shawn Rychcik:

    “Nadia will fill a recruiting need at second base with speed and quickness. Her bat has some pop and she should have her share of extra base hits here.   I have followed her for more than 2 1/2 years and am very happy to get her committed to be a part of the changes here at State.”

    Courtney Mirabella
    Pitcher, 5-5
    Bats: Right. Throws: right.
    Braden River HS
    East Manatee, Fla.

    As a junior, MirabellaMirabella was named the Bradenton Herald Player of the Year and earned first-team all-state honors, leading the state with a 1.97 strikeouts per inning average and posting a 16-3 overall record. She fanned 241 batters, walked only 19 and had a 1.08 ERA. At the plate, she had the team’s second highest batting average at .373, with six doubles and 12 RBIs.

    As a sophomore, Mirabella was named Florida’s Class 4A pitcher of the year, after leading her team to the Class 4A semifinals. She led the state with a 0.50 earned run average and was second in strikeouts with 313 strikeouts. She posted a 22-4 record, including 13 shutouts, in her 165 innings of work.

    She remained committed to NC State despite late offers from Florida, South Florida and Virginia.

    Ranked among the top 25 players in the state of Florida, Mirabella uses five different pitches, including a fastball in the mid-60s.

    Head coach Shawn Rychcik:

    “Courtney had a tremendous summer and continued to show why she is one of the top pitching prospects in the 2013 class.  She will be a huge contributor as a freshman here with her power pitching and will be a major part of our return to the top of the ACC.”

    Tyler Ross
    Outfielder, 5-10
    Bats: Left. Throws: Left
    Middle Creek High School
    Cameron, N.C.

    Ross led Union Pines High School to two straight conference championships and three consecutive state 3A playoff appearances during her first three years of prep action.

    As a junior, Ross batted .621 with a .726 on-base percentage and a 1.655 slugging percentage. She slugged 13 home runs, seven doubles and seven triples and drove in 45 runs. A total of 27 of her 36 hits on the season went for extra bases. She also scored 43 runs and drew 23 walks in her 84 plate appearances and was successful on 31 of 32 stolen base attempts.

    She was named the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association 3A-East Player of the Year, the District 4 3-A Player of the Year and, for the second consecutive year, the Cape Fear Valley Conference Player of the Year award.

    Named the 2011 Class 3A-East Player of the Year as a sophomore, Ross hit .589, with a .681 on-base percentage and a 1.089 slugging percentage. She scored 37 runs in 72 plate appearances, while leading Union Pines to its first conference softball championship. Her performance earned 2011 MaxPreps Sophomore All-America honors, conference player of the year

    As a freshman, Ross went .636 with the stick, tallying four home runs, while stealing 45 bases. On the mound she pitched three no-hitters and finished with a record of 10-2. Despite all the success, her recent commitment to play ball at State served to allay a great deal of stress she had been coping with to succeed at the highest level.

    Ross fell in love with NC State after attending the Kay Yow Basketball Camp as a 10-year-old, where she learned from the legendary women’s basketball coach, who also coached slow-pitch softball for two seasons for the Wolfpack.

    Both her parents were college athletes. Tyrone Ross played football at North Carolina Central, while Tron Faulk Ross played women’s basketball and volleyball at UNC Charlotte.

    Head coach Shawn Rychcik:

    “Tyler is a remarkable athlete who will bring power and speed to our outfield.  She has continued to get better every time we have seen her play and will make an impact in the lineup the day she gets on campus.”

    Hannah Yeager
    Outfielder, 5-7
    Los Gatos HS
    Los Gatos, Calif.
    Bats: Switch. Throws: Right.

    The switchYeager-hitting outfielder is entering her fourth season as a starter for Los Gatos High School. She earned first-team all-league honors as a junior, after earning honorable mention honors as a sophomore, while leading her team to three consecutive sectional playoff appearances.

    As a junior, she hit .313 with a .507 slugging percentage, as her team posted a 15-11 overall record and an 8-4 conference mark. She had five doubles and a team-leading four triples with 17 RBIs. She scored 24 runs and was successful on four of her five stolen base attempts.

    As a sophomore, she played regularly on a team with 10 seniors, driving in two runs in the team’s lone playoff game. Hit .413 overall, with two doubles, a triple and 12 RBI. Perfect five-for-five on stolen base attempts.

    In addition to her high school awards, Yeager played for one of California’s top travel teams, the San Jose Sting under coach Bob Perales.

    The daughter of Mike Yeager and Bridget McNamara-Yeager is entering her final season at Los Gatos High School, where she plays for Rob Guillman.

    Head coach Shawn Rychcik:

    “Hannah will give us depth and much needed team speed in the outfield.  She will have the opportunity to compete for an outfield position and will be a threat from both sides of the plate.”



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