BOISE, Idaho-Boise State softball signed a pair of student-athletes to financial aid agreements for the 2013 season, head coach Erin Thorpe announced Tuesday. Thorpe and the Broncos will welcome Brittany McCray from Yavapai College (Prescott, Ariz.) and Rebecca Patton from Cal Poly. Each comes to Boise State with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
"We are really excited to bring in two players that have already played at the collegiate level and understand what it takes to succeed," Thorpe said. "Their experience level will go a long way in helping our extremely young team this coming season. Both Rebecca and Brittany are the type of versatile player we love to have in our program because they can contribute in a variety of ways."
McCray, a catcher from Salt Lake City, batted .406 in 2012 with Yavapai as a sophomore. She hit eight home runs, 11 doubles and three triples for a team-best .711 slugging percentage. She was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-West Region Second Team after helping the Roughriders to a 57-10 mark, including 43-5 in Arizona Community College Athletic Conference contests on their way to the league title.
As a freshman at North Dakota State, McCray appeared in 36 games and made 10 starts. She had three hits on the year, including one home run. She also threw out five would-be base stealers from behind the dish.
"Brittany is an athlete that is very capable of playing several positions," Thorpe said. "Her experience level behind the plate should really go a long way towards helping our pitching staff as well as our other young catchers. Brittany also brings another big bat to our lineup that we really hope to see flourish."
Patton pitched in 77 games during three seasons at Cal Poly, including 55 starts She tallied a 5-6 record in 16 games as a junior in 2011 before missing the remainder of the year. The Northridge, Calif., native was granted a medical hardship and will join the Broncos as a redshirt junior. Patton earned second-team All-Big West honors following her 2010 freshman campaign before leading the Mustang staff with 35 appearances in 2011, including 15 complete games. She is also a .232 hitter in 151 career at bats, with seven doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI.
"Rebecca is a player we had our eye on while she was in high school," Thorpe said. "She has over 350 innings of Division I pitching experience and should be able to jump right into our pitching rotation and contribute right away. Rebecca is the type of player that battled through an injury so that she could be there for her team and we are very excited for her to be able to take the circle fully healed and ready to help our program continue to climb. Rebecca also brings a very capable bat and should be able to contribute in the batter's box as well."
The junior duo joins a group of four incoming freshmen Boise State signed to National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period.