RENO, Nev. Nevada’s softball team, the defending WAC tournament champions, signed three student-athletes for the 2007-08 season, fifth-year head coach Michelle Gardner announced Monday.
Danielle Patrick, Noelle Micka and Britton Murdock have all signed national letters of intent to study and play softball for the University of Nevada.
“Our recruiting classes are getting stronger each year and this class is no exception to that rule,” Gardner said. “It is great to get strong athletes from the Southern California area and we are very happy that we can keep the strongest players in our area at home. Like every recruiting class that we have had, this class will have an opportunity to make an impact on Nevada softball and will contribute to the continued success of the program.”
Patrick, a native of Chino Hills, Calif., was a three-year scholar athlete at Chino Hills High School. She was the 2005 CIF Division II Player of the Year and was named to the first team All-CIF in 2005. Patrick, who can play shortstop, third base or outfield, was a first-team all-league honoree for the 2005-06 season. She was also a member of the 18 Under Gold National Champion Orange County Batbusters in 2006.
“Danielle is another very talented athlete who will also have an immediate impact on the field,” said Gardner. “I have seen her play every position on the infield and know she can also play the outfield. She will also add depth to our hitting line up with her abilities and since the first time I saw her I knew she was one of the best athletes in her class.”
Catcher and outfielder Noelle Micka will come to Nevada out of Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, Calif. Micka was a member of the CIF Championship team in 2004 and named to the All-League second-team. She was also named Gatorade Player of the Week in 2004. Micka has won five ASA National Championships and was a member of the 18 Under Gold National Champion Orange County Batbusters in 2006.
“Noelle is a very versatile and talented athlete. She can play several positions on the field and will make an immediate impact offensively with her ability to hit a long ball as well as bunt and slap,” Gardner said. “Her many tools are what first got my attention and I am more impressed each time I watch her play, she will be a great asset to our program.”
The Pack’s third recruit for the 2007-08 season is Britton Murdock. Murdock attended Reno High School where she lettered three seasons in both basketball and softball. She was named to the basketball all-league second team in 2005 and named first-team as a shortstop in both 2005 and 2006. Murdock, who can play catcher, first base or utility, was named the Sierra League’s Co-Player of the Year for softball in 2006. She plays ASA softball with the Strike Zone Gold team and is coached by Don Ford.
“Britton is one of the best athletes in the state of Nevada and we are thrilled that she has chosen to stay home and play ball,” Gardner said. “She is very versatile and can play several positions on the field. I have had the opportunity to watch her develop and grow over the past few years. She has become a very consistent hitter and player at the Gold level competing for one of the top teams in the country.”