Softball Notches Three For Spring 2013
Nov. 11, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Head coach Elaine Sortino has announced three additions to the UMass softball team's class of 2016. The three newcomers will help to solidify the defense and offense for the 22-time A-10 Champion Minutewomen, heading into the spring season of 2013.
Taylor Carbone (Hudson, N.H.), Whitney Cooper (Sedona, AZ), and Olivia Godin (Plainville, Mass.) comprise the three National Letters of Intent slated to join Sortino's squad next fall.
"This group of recruits brings us a high level of versatility," said Sortino. "Their athleticism, power at the plate, and defensive strength are only going to strengthen our program moving forward in the coming years."
"Taylor brings us great versatility as a middle of the order type of hitter," Sortino said. "The fact that she can play multiple infield positions, the outfield, and even a pitch makes her a great asset."
A three-year starting pitcher, Carbone has been a four-year varsity athlete at her high school. Averaging 226 strikeouts in 135 innings, the Granite State native posted a 0.62 ERA, while logging a .342 batting average as just a freshman. As a sophomore and junior, Carbone has increased her performance at the plate each year by registering a .343 batting average in her second year, while surging to a .522 figure last spring as a junior. Carbone has garnered the team's Most Valuable Player award all three years.
Carbone has racked up a myriad of honors over the past three seasons including being named the Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year (Fr., So., Jr.) and Gatorade Player of the Year (Jr.). She has also been added to the New Hampshire High School Division I Softball First Team (Fr., So., Jr.) and Lowell Sun First Team (Fr., So., Jr.).
Away from school, Carbone has played for the Polar Crush Gold for the past two seasons. Multiple Minutewomen from the past decade have been members of the Polar Crush, including Jessica Serio (class of 2010), Carly Morin (class of 2009), Bailey Sanders (class of 2010), Amanda Morin (class of 2008), Jess Weinbrenner (class of 2008), Jenna Busa (class of 2007), along with current Minutewoman Quianna Diaz-Patterson.
In the classroom, the utility infielder has been a success, earning the New Hampshire Scholar Award, along with being tabbed an Honor Student.
"Whitney is a power hitting second baseman with great range," said Sortino. "She is another middle of the order power hitter for us."
A middle-infielder, Cooper attends Sedona Red Rock High School, and has played for the Arizona Storm. A right handed thrower and batter, Coopers has garnered the Sedona Red Rock High Most Valuable Player Award in the past three seasons. She has also been added to the First Team 3A All-State Team as a sophomore and junior, and received honorable mention as a freshman.
Most recently, the infielder batted .602 with 62 RBIs and 20 homeruns as a junior. As a sophomore, Cooper batted .646, while sitting second in the state with 70 RBIs and third in the state with 14 homeruns.
Olivia is a catcher, infielder, outfielder from Plainville, Mass.
"Olivia is small in size, but has big pop in her bat," said Sortino. "She is another addition that is versatile, as she can catch, play the outfield, and the infield if needed as well."
Godin has been a varsity athlete for four years at King Phillip Regional High School, where she has been part of two Division I State Championships. A right-handed thrower and batter, the Baystate native has been named a Hockmock League All-Star three times during her high school career, along with being tabbed a Sun-Chronicle All-Star as many times.
Additionally, Godin is a four-year member of the Rhode Island Thunder Gold, a U18 team who competes in the top showcases throughout the country.
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