May 13, 2002
Three players commit to USI softball
The University of Southern Indiana softball team announced the signing of pitcher/infielder Shannon Emmons (Boonville, Indiana) and pitcher/outfielder Christie Schubert (Millstadt, Illinois) to a national letter of intent for the 2003 season. USI also announced that infielder Jennifer Mullikin (Greenwood, Indiana) has committed to the Screaming Eagles for the 2003 season. Emmons, Schubert, and Mullikin are the first players Head Coach Sue Kunkle has either signed or had commit this spring.
Emmons is transferring to USI from Wabash Valley Junior College in Carmel, Illinois where she earned All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and was named GRAC Freshman of the Year. She recorded a 9-1 record with a 1.64 ERA and 63 strikeouts in addition to a .359 batting average, 8 home runs, and 47 RBI as a freshman in 2001.
A three-time first-team All-State performer at Boonville High School in Boonville, Indiana, Emmons recorded an 11-0 record with a 0.85 ERA in the fall of 2001. She also hit .472 with a home run and 21 runs batted in.
"Shannon will be a huge addition to not only our pitching staff and defense, but she also will be a big hitter in our lineup," Kunkle explained. "She has had a great career at Wabash Valley and is coming to USI with an unbelievable amount of talent and experience."
Emmons, who will have two years of eligibility, also was named to the 2001 NJCAA All-Region XXIV Region Team and the 2001 NJCAA Region XXIV All-Tournament Team. She was named preseason NJCAA first-team All-America in 2002.
"She has been a big recruit for us and will make a huge difference in the future success of this program," said Kunkle. "We will look at her for significant time on the mound as well as some time at third base."
Schubert comes to the Eagles from Althoff Catholic High School in Bellville, Illinois. During her junior season at ACHS, Schubert posted a 12-1 record with a 1.45 ERA in 82 innings of work.
"We are looking for Christie to bring more depth to our pitching staff and also work for some time at other positions," Kunkle said. "She is a strong kid with a great attitude and has unlimited potential to be a successful pitcher at this level. I think she will fit in well with our team chemistry."
A member of the St. Louis Renegades summer team, Schubert recorded a 1.87 ERA and 68 strikeouts while allowing just 9 walks in 113 innings of work in 2001. She helped lead the Renegades qualify for the 2001 WASA and USSSA Nationals.
An MVP of her freshman softball team, Mullikin has helped Center Grove High School (Greenwood, Indiana) to an 18-1 record and a number one ranking in Indiana’s 3A classification in 2002. Her .391 batting average in 2002 is reflective of her career at CGHS. Mullikin has recorded an above .300 batting average in each of her four seasons at CGHS and is a .325 career batting average with her travel team, Easton Redline Orange.
As a sophomore, Mullikin was named the best defensive player. She has recorded a .985 career fielding percentage at third base.
"Jennifer will be a nice addition to our infield, where she will work at several positions," Kunkle said. "She is a very tough competitor and has all the tools to excel in this conference. She has a lot of game knowledge and is only going to improve.
"Jennifer comes from a competitive high school program and summer travel team, which brings her here with a winning attitude."
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