Boise State Softball Inks Four To 2011 Roster
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State head softball coach Erin Thorpe announced the signings of four prep stars to the 2011 softball team. Morgan Barnes, Jessica O’Donnell, Mackenzie Whyte and Devon Bridges have all signed national letters of intent heading into their senior softball season.

“We are very excited to have four extremely talented and versatile players joining us for the 2010-2011 year,” said Thorpe. “This recruiting class will continue to build the level of competition within our roster and will push every player on the roster to be the best player they are capable of being.”

Barnes, a native of Grants Pass, Ore., is an accomplished pitcher at the high school and club levels. The right-hander has been a star pitcher for Grants Pass High School for the past three years. The team has compiled a 70-11 record in those three years, including an Oregon State championship in Barnes’ sophomore year. Barnes went 20-3 to lead her team to the 6A championship. In her three years, she has compiled a 59-8 record in the circle and already holds the school record with 631 career strikeouts. She is a three-time All-Conference honoree and has been named to the All-State team after her sophomore and junior seasons. Barnes has also had a batting average over-.400 in each of her three seasons. At the club level, she has led her teams to several state championships and a 16A ASA National Championship in 2009 with the Northwest Blaze. This past summer, Barnes compiled a 26-1 record in the circle and a 0.69 ERA.

O’Donnell is a two-time first team All-League honoree from Woodrow Wilson High School. The Lakewood, Calif. native has started every game since her freshman year and was also named to the All-CIF Division II first team after her sophomore season. As a sophomore, she hit .388 with 3 home runs and 21 RBI. As a junior, the infielder hit .371 with 18 RBI and was named the defensive Player of the Year for her team. O’Donnell also played with the Vitory USA travel organization last summer and racked up a .471 batting average while knocking in 11 RBI and recording a 1.000 fielding percentage. For each of the three years prior, O’Donnell led her club team in batting average, hits and RBI.

Whyte has been named to the All-Central Texas second team in each of the past two years while competing for Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. The infielder has been named the team MVP both seasons since transferring to Westlake from El Toro High School in Lake Forest, CA prior to her sophomore year. She hit .340 as a sophomore and .309 as a junior, knocking in 45 RBI over the last two years. Whyte was also named to the All-District first team. Whyte has most recently played for the Austin Storm and the Houston Power travel organizations.

Bridges, the final signee, will join the Broncos from San Ramon High School in Danville, Calif. The standout utility player has been named to the All-East Bay Athletic League for the past two years. She enjoyed her best season as a junior, hitting .456 with four triples and six stolen bases. She also knocked in 16 RBI to lead her team. Bridges led her team in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, fielding percentage and hits during her sophomore and junior seasons. She also led the team in RBI and triples her junior year. In two years playing for the All-American Sports Academy, Bridges has compiled 53 hits and 45 runs scored. She has also driven in 51 RBI with 30 coming last summer.

This class of four will replace the Broncos first graduating class that includes All-Region third baseman Kathy Cox as well as infielder Jessi Hanna and outfielder Laeha Hill.

“It is going to be extremely difficult to replace Kathy, Jessi and Laeha and what they have brought to this program in only two years,” commented Thorpe. “Morgan, Jessica, Mackenzie, and Devon will have some pretty big shoes to fill but I am confident that they are all capable of pushing this program toward the vision that our three graduating seniors helped to create.”

The Broncos will kick off their 2010 season on Feb. 13 as they face the University of California Riverside and the University of San Diego in a pair of double headers in Southern California.

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