Softball Signs Lefty Pitcher

August 16, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee softball strengthened its pitching ranks with the addition of freshman Valerie Swanson for the 2003 season.

The six-foot lefty from Rancho Cordova, CA had committed to Saint Mary's, but backed out during the signing period. College coaches around the country believed Swanson had already signed with Saint Mary's, so they stopped pursuing the hot prospect. Meanwhile, she decided to attend classes part-time at Cal Poly and weigh her options.

Head Coach Cindy Connelley learned of Swanson's availability, and decided to contact Swanson about coming to Middle Tennessee. Swanson expressed her interest and when she came for a visit she brought her commitment papers with her.

"It's kind of ironic that Val was one of the first players I evaluated when I got to Middle Tennessee and on the last day of signing we got her," Connelley said. "She is a quality athlete and student, and is a great asset to the team."

Swanson graduated from Loretto High School where she was a four-year letterwinner in softball. She was named to the All-Conference team and the MVP in 2001 and 2002.

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