ECU Softball Announces Early Signing

East Carolina softball head coach Tracey Kee has received a letter of intent from La Quinta, Calif. High School standout pitcher Priscilla Velasquez to join the team starting in 2009.

The pitcher and reigning Desert Sun Player-of-the-Year is a three-time All-Desert Valley League player who led her squad with a .559 batting average last season. The team captain spurred the Blackhawks to a 10-0 record on their way to their first-ever Desert Valley League title. On the mound, Velasquez compiled a 9-6 record with an ERA of 2.60 while striking out 69 batters in 97 innings. As a sophomore, she was named second-team All-CIF Southern Section while earning all-tournament honors at the Arroyo Grande Invitational as a freshman. In the classroom, Velasquez garnered National Honors Society status as a sophomore and is a three-time member of La Quinta’s honor roll.

“Coach Koz and I couldn’t be any happier with the addition of Priscilla Velasquez to our Pirate program,” stated Kee. “She is a strong student-athlete from a wonderful family who will fit in nicely to our program goals. She is the true epitome of a ‘utility’ player because she has the ability to play multiple infield positions, including pitcher. Her ability to hit gap to gap and with power will fit nicely into our line-up. She is a hardworking and committed student-athlete. We are so excited to have her in a Pirate uniform.”

Velasquez credited the atmosphere on campus as her reason for signing with the program.

“It felt like home as soon as I got there,” Velasquez said. “Everything there revolves around the school, just like here at La Quinta. They have a lot of players from the West Coast and I just wanted to experience something new. They have a strong program and they’re getting stronger.”