BOISE, Idaho Making big waves in Boise State’s newest athletic program, head coach Erin Thorpe welcomes five additional signees to her 2008-09 softball roster. Building on her initial three signees, Thorpe adds Jessi Hanna (Castle Rock, Wash., Lower Columbia College), Allie Crump (Elk Grove, Calif., Elk Grove HS), Alexa Straton (Sierra Vista, Ariz., Buena HS), Megan Suitos (Elk Grove, Calif., Elk Grove HS), and Tazz Weatherly (Stockton, Calif., St. Mary’s HS) to BSU’s first ever softball roster.
Lower Columbia College transfer Jessi Hanna will join the Broncos as a junior. The 5-8 right-handed shortstop will join the Broncos after helping her Lady Devils to a Northwest Athletics Association of Community College championship in 2007. A key player in the championship, Hanna was named the 2007 NWAACC MVP while also joining four teammates on the NWAAC Tournament All-Star Team. Hanna also earned the MVP title at the 2007 NWAACC Southern Region championships while earning a spot on the NFCA NWAACC All-American list. The Castle Rock, Wash. native helped her team to a 38-11 finish, while also earning a 21-9 record and a third place finish in league standings. Hanna led her team in batting average with a .468 average while totaling 70 runs as well as recording 24 homeruns tying a school record for homeruns. Hanna also finished her freshman season with the third highest homerun total in the NWAACC with 19. An athlete with speed, Hanna also led her team in stolen bases, recording 20 in the 2007 season.
Also joining the Broncos out of Elk Grove High School, Allie Crump will add to the Bronco roster as the second pitcher signee. The Broncos needed to solidify a strong pitching corps with Crump being a much welcomed addition to the Bronco program. Her accuracy and control will help her to make a smooth transition into collegiate softball. As a junior, Crump was named to the Delta Valley All-Metro League Second Team at the pitcher position. Crump joined Suitos to lead the Thundering Herd to a 20-10-1 (9-1 DVL) season as juniors. During her sophomore season, she recorded a 1.432 earned run average in 88 innings played while also throwing 97 strikeouts.
Alexa Straton will join the Broncos for her freshman season as a catcher. The Sierra Vista native will prove to be a solid player after earning an Arizona Class 4A/5A All Star Honorable Mention as well as helping her high school team to the state championships in 2006 and 2007. Straton was a member of the 2007 Class 5A Division I State Runner-up team while also helping her team to the semi-finals in 2006. In addition, Straton helped the Colts to regional championships in both 2006 and 2007. Not only is Straton a solid athlete, but a solid student, serving as a member of the Buena High Student Council, attending a National Young Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. (2002), was invited to the Global Young Leadership Conference in China (2008), and was nominated to the Who’s Who of American High School Students as both a sophomore and junior.
Outfielder Megan Suitos fills another open position on the Broncos roster, coming as an outfielder from Elk Grove High in California. During her 2006-07 season, Suitos played in every game for the Thundering Herd. That same season, not only did she lead her team with a .430 batting average, but also ranked fourth in the Delta Valley League in batting average. She also sits fourth on the Delta Valley League charts for on base percentage with a .470 effort in 2006-07. Suitos’ speed will be an asset to the Broncos offense in 2009. Outside of her contributions to Elk Grove High, Suitos was a member of the Sorcerers Gold travel team.
A well rounded player, Tazz (Tassaarah) Weatherly will join the Broncos as a third-baseman and catcher. Weatherly was named All-Area by the Stockton Record in 2007 while also earning the Tri-City Athletic League Most Valuable Player award, a scholar athlete award, and being named St. Mary’s Athlete of the Year. From 2005 to 2007, she has been a First Team Tri-City Athletic League All-League selection. Helping her team to a 22-3 (10-0 TCAL) record in 2006-07, Weatherly led her team with a .533 batting average, hitting four homeruns, and stealing six bases. A 2007 member of the Sorcerers 18 Gold, Weatherly has helped her age group club teams to four Amateur Softball Association national tournaments.
With Thorpe’s additions, Boise State’s softball roster comes to a total of eight players. Boise State’s newest softball signees will join pitcher Renee Santos (Portland, Ore., Clackamas Community College), third-baseman Katy Cox (Gresham, Ore., Mount Hood Community College), and first-baseman Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo (LaCrescenta, Calif., Crescenta Valley High School) on the 2008-09 BSU softball roster.