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July 17, 2006

Eagles grab local JUCO standout

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana softball team announced that junior middle infielder/outfielder Kirsten Morgan (Oakland City, Indiana) is transferring to play for Head Coach Sue Kunkle's Screaming Eagles in 2007. She is the eighth player to sign with Kunkle's squad for the 2007 season.

Morgan was a two-time All-Region XXIV selection at Wabash Valley Junior College where she hit .375 with 46 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in two seasons.

Her play helped Wabash to a 97-11 record and back-to-back Great Rivers Athletic Conference championships. In 2005, Morgan hit .382 to help Wabash to 42 consecutive victories and the NJCAA I Region XXIV title.

A two-time All-GRAC performer, Morgan recorded 104 runs, 17 doubles, and nine triples during her two-year stay at Wabash.

"Morgan is a tremendous player and will bring a great amount of experience to our infield as well as our outfield," Kunkle said. "She is a polished athlete and we will see great things from her. Our staff feels fortunate to have her as one of our players."

Morgan is a 2004 graduate of Wood Memorial High School where she earned 12 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and softball.

In addition to Morgan, Kunkle's 2007 list of newcomers includes junior pitchers Amy Harrison (Graceville, Florida) and Stephanie Schneider (Birdseye, Indiana) junior catcher/infielder Courtney Bates (Boonville, Indiana) freshmen utility players Kambria Current (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Brooke Pennington (Evansville, Indiana) freshman infielder/outfielder Lindsay Raikes (Speedway, Indiana) and freshman catcher Tara McConnell (Henderson, Kentucky).

Dan McDonnell,
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