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November 30, 2004

USI softball signs two

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana softball team announced that 5’9” utility player Lacey Ligmanowski (Homer Glen, Illinois) and 5’6” infielder/outfielder Allyn McKinley (Sullivan, Indiana) have signed national letters of intent during the early signing period to play for Head Coach Sue Kunkle’s Screaming Eagles in 2006.

“Our staff and team is very excited about these two kids and are positive that they will make a difference,” Kunkle said. “They are athletic, versatile, and are good student athletes. All the makings of a true Screaming Eagle!”

Ligmanowski is a senior at Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Illinois, where she has competed in softball and volleyball.

An All-Area outfielder and an All-Conference pitcher in 2004, Ligmanowski recorded a 12-0 record and a 0.62 ERA in 2004 to help LTHS to the 2004 Illinois Class AA State Championship.

Voted the MVP of the 2002 ASA Metro Tournament, Ligmanowski helped her USSSA team to the 2002 Midwest National Championship and a third place showing at the 2003 Midwest National Tournament. She was 2-0 with a save at the USSSA Tournament in 2004.

“Lacey is a talented athlete that has speed, strength, and a great drive to win,” Kunkle explained. “She will work at several positions for our program and will be a big addition to our outfield as well as provide depth to our pitching staff and first base. Lacey is a standout student and will excel here at USI.”

McKinley is a senior at Sullivan High School where she competes in softball, basketball, and volleyball. She has led SHS in batting averaging the last three seasons, recording a career-high average of .478 in 2003.

A three-time All-County selection in softball and basketball, McKinley earned All-Conference softball honors in 2003 and 2004 and was a member of the SHS’s 2002 conference championship softball team. She also helped SHS to three conference championships as well as the 2003 sectional championship in basketball.

“Allyn is a very strong defensive player with a lot of range and an aggressive attitude,” Kunkle said. “We liked that she was not afraid to get dirty. She will become a huge part of this program both offensively and defensively with time at shortstop and in the outfield.”

Dan McDonnell,
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