FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas softball team and head coach Mike Larabee have announced the signings of six players for the 2013-14 season.
Kelsey Berlin, Jessica Harrison, Shelby Hiers, Grace Moll, Parker Pocklington and Sydney Wright signed national letters of intent. Rachel Box and Loren Krzysko also committed to the program but will enter as preferred walk-on’s.
“I’m extremely excited about our 2013 recruiting class,” Larabee said. “The entire group is very athletic, they all have a great “blue collar’ work ethic and are outstanding students. I feel that each recruit has the ability to come in as first year players and compete for playing time. They will definitely continue to help our program climb the ladder in the SEC and nationally.”
Keley Berlin is a transfer from Butler Community College. She will pitch for the Razorbacks in the 2013-14 season, but Berlin is currently a sophomore at Butler CC and she pitched against the Razorbacks in the fall. Head coach Mike Larabee liked what he saw out of the second year player.
“She is very athletic and was very impressive when she pitched against us this fall,” Larabee said. “She has outstanding control and will add quality depth to our pitching staff. “
Rachel Box will be a preferred walk-on for the Razorbacks next season. She will stay in-state as she plays for White Hall High School in White Hall, Arkansas. Box hit .459 with 10 home runs, 43 RBIs and 33 runs scored while slugging .941 on the state championship winning squad last season.
“Rachel came to an all-skills camp in August and impressed our entire coaching staff,” Larabee said. “She is without a doubt one of the top hitters in the state of Arkansas.”
Shelby Hiers is a catcher from Quitman, Ga., where she is a 4.0 student at Brooks County High School. Hiers is a .528 lifetime hitter and hit .706 with 30 RBI her junior year. An All-Region Player of the Year, coach Larabee has brought in another big bat to the Arkansas lineup.