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December 12, 2002

USI softball announces pair of national letters of intent

The University of Southern Indiana softball team has announced that utility player Elizabeth Church (Philpot, Kentucky) and pitcher/first baseman Suzanne Pressel (Middletown, Indiana) have signed national letters of intent for the 2004 season. They are the third and fourth players to sign with head coach Sue Kunkle’s Screaming Eagles during the designated early signing period.

A senior at Owensboro Catholic High School, Church earned first-team All-State honors in 2002 and is a three-time All-District and All-Region performer. Church helped OCHS to a state championship in 1999 and a runner-up in the 2001 state tournament.

Her efforts in the 2001 and the 2002 state tournaments netted her All-Tournament honors. In 2002, Church compiled a 0.61 earned run average on the mound.

Church also helped lead the Owensboro Outlaws 18’under team to the 2002 State Championship.

“Elizabeth is a great pickup for our program,” Kunkle explained. “She is a very talented pitcher as well as a very polished infielder. She will make a significant difference in the next four years here at USI.”

Pressel is currently a senior at Shenandoah High School where she has earned 11 varsity letters in basketball, golf, softball, and volleyball.

In 2000 and 2001, Pressel recorded a 45-13 record, 464 strikeouts, and just 27 shutouts. Her efforts caused Hoosier Diamond to tag her with preseason All-State honors.

In addition to being a third-team All-State performer, Pressel is a three time All-Conference performer as well as a three-time team MVP. Pressel also earned All-District honors twice.

The Muncie Star Player of the Year as a sophomore, Pressel is a candidate by Hoosier Diamond for Miss Softball.

“Suzanne is going to be a big help to our program,” Kunkle said. “She is going to bring significant depth to our infield and pitching staff as well as our offensive lineup.”

Dan McDonnell,
USI Sports Information


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