Jan. 6, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara head softball coach Kristy Schroeder has announced that Kelsey Anderson, Lindsey Correa, MeLinda Matsumoto and Priscilla Perez have signed national letters of intent to play for the Gauchos. The foursome will be eligible to join the team for the 2006-2007 campaign.
Anderson, a talented catcher, is currently a senior Righetti High School in Santa Maria, Calif. The two-time All-Pac 5 League first team selection was also named All-County-Santa Barbara and All-Area-Central Coast as a sophomore and junior. Last season she was named to the All-CIF Division II Second Team. She also competes for the 18U Gold Strike Zone travel ball squad.
Correa is an impressive young pitcher with a good curve ball and is finishing up her prep play at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. She earned a spot on the All-South Coast League First Team and earned All-CIF and all-division honors last year as a junior. ETHS' 2005 Female Athlete of the Year and defensive MVP has guided the Chargers to league titles in two of the last three years. She also led her 18U travel ball squad to a third place finish at the 2005 ASA California State Championship.
Matsumoto, a hurler known for having a strong change up, is in her last year at James Logan High School in Union City, Calif. As a junior, she earned all-league first team and all-conference second team honors after leading the Colts in both pitching and guiding the team to the NCS Semi-Finals in 2005. Matsumoto also competed in the 2005 Gold ASA Nationals in Salinas, Calif.
Perez is a standout outfielder at Carson High School in Carson Calif. She led the team to two straight CIF City Section second place finishes in 2003 and 2004. The three-time All-Marine League and All-Area Daily Breeze selection also competes for the 18U Batbusters Gold squad and helped the team to a fifth place finish at the ASA Nationals in 2005. Perez earned an all-city selection as a junior, as well.
"I'm very excited about this year's recruiting class," Schroeder said. "Both pitchers have great presence on the mound and have excellent control of their pitches. Anderson is one of the best catchers I have seen in a while in terms of picking off base runners on a regular basis and Perez will bring more speed and depth to the outfield. Each one of these players will make us a better team in their own way."