Kee Introduces Four Early Signing Period Additions
Mean Green Add Three Infielders, Pitcher
DENTON - North Texas head softball coach Tracey Kee announced four signees for the early signing period on Tuesday. The class includes three infielders and a pitcher.
“We are very excited to add these highly driven student-athletes and their families to our Mean Green family," Kee said. "Their passion to compete in the classroom and on the field will be a wonderful addition to our squad and the university as a whole.
“Their individual strengths and desire to win as a team will blend seamlessly with our current squad," Kee said. "They understand the importance of challenging themselves daily to help propel their skill sets forward, thus making them a strong incoming class. This program and current team prides themselves on working hard and playing smart. Adding four like-minded student-athletes to the group will be a win-win for all of us.”
Aubrey Eubanks, Pitcher/First Base, Drumright, Okla. (Drumright High School)
Eubanks is a four-year letterwinner for Drumright High School under head coach Blake Flewellen. The 2015 District 5-A Pitcher of the Year, she earned district MVP, all-region and all-state honors in 2017 after leading the Tornadoes to the state semifinals.
Eubanks set the school record for single-season strikeouts (369) and posted a 0.48 ERA. She competes for Oklahoma Athletics 18U Premier under head coach Brian Madden.
“Aubrey is a power pitcher who loves to compete and attack hitters," Kee said. "Her ability to balance the plate and work all zones will be a strong addition to our pitching staff and team. The maturity and excitement she displays on the mound is a clear sign of her passion for the game.”
"I choose UNT because I fell in love with the campus at the first camp I came to," Eubanks said. "I love the diverse people and the feeling of acceptance throughout the campus. I love the structure of the program, the close relationship with the coaches and the way they push you hard at all times. I also feel at home with the coaching staff at UNT. Coach Kee and coach Koz made me feel like this is where I belong."
Tannah Evans, Third Base/Outfield, Collinsville, Texas (Collinsville High School)
Evans is a four-year letterwinner at Collinsville High School under head coach Bryan Johnson. She was named the District 12-2A Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 and the district's Offensive Player of the Year in 2015. Evans led the Pirates to the area round of the 2017 UIL state playoffs. She competes for Texas Glory 18U for head coach Junior Torres.
“Tannah’s ability to swing a powerful bat and dig balls at third base should pay dividends early in her career," Kee said. "She loves competing and embraces the pressures that come along with it. As a coach, you respect the passion one brings to the game on a daily basis. Tannah is the epitome of this.”
“I am really interested in being a counselor and I know that UNT has a great psychology program," Evans said. "I also wanted to be part of a great softball program. I’m really excited to be a part of the athletic department and the university as well. My sister and I look forward to being the first ones in our family to graduate from college. I honestly couldn’t see myself going anywhere but to the University of North Texas."
Tayla Evans, First Base, Collinsville, Texas (Collinsville High School)
Evans is a four-year letterwinner at Collinsville High School under head coach Bryan Johnson. She was named the District 12-2A Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and the district's Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. Evans led the Pirates to the area round of the 2017 UIL state playoffs. She competes for Texas Glory 18U for head coach Junior Torres.
“Tayla is a fearless first baseman who isn’t afraid to play hard and aggressive every play," Kee said. "She’s a power hitter with an uncanny awareness of the strike zone. Never have I watched a game where her leadership and grittiness wasn’t displayed.”
"I chose UNT because of its nutrition and wellness program," Evans said. "I feel like the softball program will help me strive to be my best on and off the field. I’m also excited to have the opportunity to play with my sister for the next four years."
Strange is a four-year letterwinner at Rockwall-Heath High School under head coach Kandace Kirkland. A two-time All-District 11-6A selection, she has helped the Hawks to a 33-15 record and two UIL postseason appearances in the last two seasons. Strange competes for Texas Glory Gold under head coach Kevin Shelton.
“Jordan is a lefty slapper who has so many tools," Kee said. "Her ability to get on base will allow our offense to get on the board early and often. Her glove skills on the dirt and her flexibility to move into the grass will allow us defensive moves to match up with our opponents.”
“I chose UNT because it's close to home which makes it convenient for my family to come watch me fulfill my dream of playing Division I softball," Strange said. "I know that the coaches will push me to be the very best athlete I can be every day I step on that field. I can't wait to finally be part of the Mean Green family.”