Boise State Softball Signs Four To NLIs
Nov. 12, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State softball head coach Cindy Ball announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
Set to attend Boise State and join the softball program for the 2015-16 academic year are pitcher Shawna Burke (Eugene, Ore./Marist Catholic HS), catcher/third baseman Morgan Lamb (Sacramento, Calif./Elk Grove HS), first baseman Alyssa O'Farrell (Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville HS) and infielder/outfielder Kora Wade (Lake Elsinore, Calif./Temescal Canyon HS).
"We are extremely excited for this incoming class. Shawna, Kora, Alyssa and Morgan make up a strong group that has an arsenal of talent, work ethic confidence and character that will have an immediate impact in our program. The Bronco family just got stronger!" Ball said.
Burke, a righty in the circle from Marist Catholic High School in Eugene, is a three-time 5A All-Midwestern League selection and was also named to the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-West Region First Team. She went 17-8 for Marist, racking up 284 strikeouts and a 2.49 earned-run average to earn her all-region selection and second-straight first-team all-league nod. She has also put up strong numbers at the plate, batting .354 in 2014 following a sophomore season in which she batted .426 in addition to striking out 146 batters.
The Eugene, Ore. native plays club ball for the NW Batbusters, helping the team to multiple NGF and ASA appearances.
"I liked the welcoming and loving community. When I went on my visit I fell in love with the campus, coaches and players," Burke said. "I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a student-athlete at Boise State, and I'm so excited to represent the school and bleed blue and orange."
Lamb, a switch hitter who throws right, was a two-time selection to the All-Diablo Valley First Team (2012-13) before having her 2014 season cut short due to injury. She batted .410 with an on-base percentage of .479 as a freshman in 2012 and followed that in 2013 by batting .419 with a .470 OBP. Lamb played in just 15 games as a junior in 2014, but still posted a batting average of .364 and a .400 OBP over 26 plate appearances.
She plays her club ball for the California Breeze and the California Grapettes with appearances at NGF and ASA nationals under her belt.
"It's everything [Boise State] has to offer: a high graduation rate, spectacular athletic facilities and a great support system from the community and Bronco Nation," Lamb said.
O'Farrell, a first baseman who bats and throws right, is a two-time all-league performer at first base for Woodinville High School and has helped lead the Falcons to a 4A state title (2012) and three straight top-five finishes. Last year she earned first-team recognition, batting .439 with six home runs as the Falcons went 19-7. O'Farrell played 23 games as a freshman in 2012, helping Woodinville to a perfect 26-0 record and its second state title, then followed with a 2013 season in which she earned second-team all-league honors by batting .395 as the Falcons captured a fourth-straight 4A KingCo title.
She plays club ball for Absolute Blast, helping the club's 18 Gold team to a Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) national berth.
"It is my dream to compete at the Division I level, and being able to play at a top level school with an amazing team and a community that supports us is a dream come true. I can't wait to wear blue and orange," O'Farrell said.
Wade, who bats left and throws right, comes to Boise as a versatile talent who stars at Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore. Playing center field, shortstop and third base, the speedster was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division IV Team in 2014, having batted .528 with 56 hits, 40 runs scored and 29 stolen bases for the Titans. She was additionally named to the all-league and all-county teams as well as Temescal Canyon's Offensive Player of the Year following her junior season.
Wade is a two-sport standout at Temescal Canyon, as she was an all-league selection and the leading scorer for the school's water polo team while helping the Titans to a CIF Southern Section quarterfinal appearance in 2014.
She has played club ball for Explosion, based out of Santa Ana, and the Athletics, based out of Garden Grove, winning a PGF title in 2014 after a runner-up finish in 2013.
"I chose Boise State because I loved the environment. The coaching staff was amazing and everything was about Boise State," Wade noted.
Boise State opens the 2015 season, the first under Ball, Feb. 6 against Seton Hall at the North Texas Tournament in Dallas.
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