Nov. 14, 2012
RENO, Nev. - University of Nevada head softball coach Matt Meuchel announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for 2013 commitments.
The players joining the Wolf Pack next season will be first baseman Kashmir Huckaby of Redlands, Calif. (Redlands HS), pitcher McKenna Isenberg of Tempe, Ariz. (Corona Del Sol HS) and outfielder Nikki Orozco of Corona, Calif. (Corona Santiago HS).
"We were able to address some immediate needs we have on offense, defense and in the circle with our 2013 recruiting class," Meuchel said. "In addition, we were able to add two left-handed bats with proven power to our lineup and address our biggest departures on defense, all while bringing in another great arm to our pitching staff."
Huckaby caught and played first at Redlands High, earning four varsity letters and captaining the Terriers in each of the last two seasons. She hit .350 as a junior in 2011, collecting the second-highest doubles total in the history of Redlands High. Huckaby's teams have been Citrus Belt League Champions in each of the last three seasons.
Isenberg was a two-time all-region selection at Corona Del Sol High, earning four varsity letters for head coach Tom Maki. She was selected by her teammates as a captain in each of the last two seasons.
Orozco rounds out the 2013 class as the third member to be a four-year letterwinner in high school, earning four varsity letters at Corona Santiago High School. Improving her batting average in each of the last three seasons, she hit .375 in 2010, .390 in 2011 and .420 in 2012. Orozco led her 2011 Corona team to a 1A California State finals appearance.
Coach Meuchel On...
Kashmir Huckaby 5-8 Fr. C/1B Redlands, Calif. (Redlands HS)
"Kashmir will be a great addition to our program," he said. "She is someone that can play in several spots on the diamond, as a catcher, an infielder and possibly even in the outfield. She brings a good left-handed bat to our lineup and possesses a great plate presence. Kashmir is a tireless worker on the field and brings a real businesslike approach to the game. We look for her to wear many hats while at Nevada and look forward to having her bat in our lineup."
McKenna Isenberg 5-8 Fr. P Tempe, Ariz. (Corona Del Sol HS)
"We expect McKenna to be next in the line of great Arizona pitchers in our program," he said. "She possesses very good velocity and is someone that we feel can add velocity in her time before she arrives at Nevada and can add additional velocity during her career. Two things that stand out when watching McKenna in the circle are her ability to compete and her ability to get hitters to swing and miss. She certainly has the potential to be a dominant pitcher in our conference and we look forward to her helping us win championships at the University of Nevada."
Nikki Orozco 5-7 Fr. OF Corona, Calif. (Corona Santiago HS)
"Nikki is a dynamic player that brings a lot of talent to our program at the plate and on defense," he said. "She is a natural left-handed hitter that will hit for power and bring proven run production to our lineup. We are excited about the dimension that she will bring to our defense as a left-hander, both in the outfield and possibly at first base. She is definitely an impact player that we look to leave her mark on the program during her career at Nevada."