Bridges-Thorpe Makes History, Adds First Three to BSU Softball Roster
BOISE, Idaho Breaking ground for the 2009 softball season, newly appointed head coach Erin Bridges-Thorpe is pleased to announce the signing of her first recruits for Boise State’s inaugural softball season. Bridges-Thorpe received National Letter’s of Intent from two community college transfers, Renee Santos and Kathy Cox, as well as one true freshman, Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo, last Wednesday, November 14, making history as members of BSU’s first ever softball team.

“We are very excited to have signed these three very talented athletes,” stated Bridges-Thorpe of her first three athletes on the roster.

Becoming the first ever softball signee for Boise State University, pitcher Renee Santos committed early Wednesday morning. Santos will come to Boise after playing two seasons at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore. There the highly touted right-hander played her way to the title of Southern Region Pitcher of the Year as well as earning a spot on the 2007 Northwest Athletics Association of Community Colleges’ All-Tournament Team. After averaging 14.55 strikeouts per game, as well as making her way into the Cougar record books, the Portland, Ore. native earned a 2007 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American nod.

As a rookie, the 5-7 pitcher was able to rack up 408 strikeouts in 196 1/3 innings sending her well beyond the CCC school record and nearly surpassing the cumulative two-year strikeout record. In 2007, Santos also set Cougar records for wins in a season with a 25-6 pitching record in 2007 as well as innings pitched in a season. Noted as an unofficial record, Santos also holds the NWAACC season strikeout record.

Prior to Clackamas Community College, Santos attended St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, earning the title of Mt. Hood Conference Player of the Year. Averaging 13 strikeouts per game, Santos also earned an All-Star title and both First and Second Team All-State honors in 2005 and 2006.

Sophomore Kathy Cox will also join the Broncos from the NWAACC, transferring from Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore. A 2007 NWAACC All-Star at third base, Cox ranked high in conference standings as a rookie, including second in batting average (.556), third for runs batted in (85), and eighth for homeruns (18).

The 5-8 Gresham native helped lead her team to a 25-5 league finish as well as a 43-7 record overall. Leading the Saints in a double-header sweep over Lower Columbia, Cox helped MHCC seal their first outright NWAACC Southwest Region softball championship in 2007. Due to her efforts throughout the season as well as the championship tournament, Cox was named to the Southwest Region All-Tournament Team as well as a 2007 First Team All-League honor. In national honors, Cox earned a 2007 All-American nod, while she was also dubbed as the 2007 Team MVP.

Prior to Mount Hood Community College, the right-hander played for Barlow High School in Gresham. There she led the Mt. Hood Conference with a .483 batting average as well as RBI’s with 41. She also ranked second in hits (42) and on base percentage (.548) in her league.

Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo joins the Broncos as Bridges-Thorpe’s third NLI as well as her first true freshman added to the 2008-09 roster. The LaCrescenta, Calif. native will look to aid the Broncos at first base, a position she earned numerous honors at for Crescenta Valley High School. During the 2007 season, Viers-Gordillo earned the All-Area Softball Player of the Year nod while also being tabbed the Pacific League’s co-most valuable player.

In 2007, Viers-Gordillo turned in a team high batting average (.553), four home runs, 46 RBI’s, and a .854 slugging percentage to help lead her Falcons to a co-Pacific League Championship. Not only did she record outstanding marks at bat, Viers-Gordillo also finished the 2007 season without a single error.

Viers-Gordillo’s decision to attend BSU in 2008-09 came after considering other top Division I schools such as Florida State and Northern Iowa.

“All three athletes should be able to come in and be impact players in the conference immediately,” said Bridges-Thorpe. “With the signing of these three, the Boise State softball program is well on their way to being a strong competitor in the WAC conference.”

Bridges-Thorpe continues her recruiting process and will soon have more additions to the team, prepping for the 2008-09 season.

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