North Texas Announces Softball Signees

DENTON (12/3/10)  -- Five high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play softball at the University of North Texas for the 2011-12 season, announced head coach T.J. Hubbard on Friday.
"We are excited to announce another talented group of signees for the 2011 graduating class and even more excited to add three more local DFW athletes," said Hubbard. "These young ladies will be able to contribute immediately as we look to continue our steady climb of success. This group specifically represents the most talented defensive signing class to date with two solid corner infielders, one speedy outfielder, an exceptional catcher and one outstanding pitcher. Each of these signees are exceptional students and accomplished athletes, and we are honored to have them joining our program next fall."
Four of the five signees are from the state of Texas, three signees are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the lone pitcher of the group is from Oklahoma. For the 2011-12 school year, the signing class includes the following players:  Meredith Baker (C, McKinney HS/McKinney, TX); Elizabeth Coe (IF, Brazoswood HS/Lake Jackson, TX); Danielle Hoff (IB/OF, Garland HS/Garland, TX); Madison Thompson (P, Charles Page HS/Sand Springs, OK) and Haley Wagner (OF, McKinney North HS/Carrolton, TX).

Meredith Baker (C)
Baker was named district co-catcher of the year as a junior at McKinney High School. In 2010, she batted .385 with 21 RBI and two home runs. In the circle, she posted a 10-3 record with a 2.33 earned run average. Baker knocked in 41 RBI and hit .430 in 2009 and was named district catcher of the year.  As a freshman, she posted a .350 hitting percentage and received district newcomer of the year honors. She also was named McKinney Courier Gazette Newcomer of the Year. She plays travel ball for Texas Glory.  
Meredith chose North Texas over over Houston and Northwestern State.

"Meredith possesses all the tools you look for in an everyday catcher and brings an added bonus of some offensive power to the lineup. She is a very knowledgeable softball player and understands the intricacies of the game better than anyone. She will continue to improve while she is here and has the ability to provide an immediate impact both defensively and offensively."
 Elizabeth Coe (IF)
Coe was named the county defensive player of the year as a junior. She was a two-time team defensive player of the year at Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas. The third baseman led the team in RBI as a junior with 24, recording three triples, eight doubles and two home runs. She was a second-team all-district performer as a sophomore and junior and was named honorable mention all-district and all-county as a freshman. She plays travel ball for Danbury Athletics.
Elizabeth chose North Texas over over Texas State, Florida State and Louisiana Tech.

"Elizabeth is one of the finest defensive third baseman we have come across in several years. Her gritty, hard-nosed approach to the game is exciting to watch. She brings another strong, consistent bat to our lineup and performs well in the clutch."

Danielle Hoff (1B/OF)
Hoff was named the district defensive MVP in 2010. She lettered all four years in softball at Garland High School. Hoff hit .474 as a junior and was named all-district in 2009 and 2010.  She plays travel ball with the Texas Glory. 
Dani chose North Texas over over Texas and Louisiana Tech.

"Dani is one of the most passionate, hard-working young players that I have had the opportunity to watch in several years. Her hustle and enthusiasm for the game makes it fun to watch her compete. She not only plays with high energy but competes at a high level. She has all the tools of a great defensive first basemen, is a very consistent hitter and seems to excel under pressure."
Madison Thompson (P)
Thompson was named an Oklahoma Large East All-State pitcher as a senior in 2010. In her career, she pitched 20 shutouts, posted a 1.1 earned run average, recorded five no-hitters and struck out 526 batters. She also received all-region and first-team all-conference honors as a senior. Thompson was a three-time All-Centennial Conference pitcher and a two-time Tulsa World All-Metro Honorable Mention. She was a Tulsa World All-Metro Second Team honoree and a ESPN Rise Magazine Southwest Female Athlete of the Week in 2009. Academically, she is No. 1 in her class at Charles Page High School and was named a Wendy's High School Heisman School winner in 2010. She plays travel ball for Tulsa Elite.
Madison chose North Texas over Southern Miss, Marist College and Cornell.

"We are very fortunate to have Madison in our recruiting class; she is an exceptional student and a remarkable athlete. Her ability to shut down opponents and keep hitters off balance will be a welcoming addition to our current pitching rotation. With the addition of Madison, we very easily could have one of the most diverse four-pitcher rotations in the Sun Belt Conference."

Haley Wagner (OF)
Wagner was named McKinney North's team MVP in 2010. She hit .511 and was named first-team all-district. She is a three-time first-team all-district honoree as well as a three-time academic all-district receipent. Wagner stole 115 bases in her career. She was inducted into the National Honor Society. She plays travel ball for Texas Glory.  
Haley chose North Texas over Arkansas and Ole Miss.

"Haley brings power and speed to our offensive lineup and will help to fill in some openings left in the outfield with the departure of Mariza Martinez, Renae Bromley and Monica Hirsch. She is a strong lefty hitter that has explosive speed, she can bunt for a hit, or drive the ball in gap, or over the fence.  She has the ability to steal 15-20 bases in a season and generate some runs just by getting on base."



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