Softball Inks First Player from State of Tennessee in Five Years

November 29, 2001 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Head Coach Cindy Connelley and the Middle Tennessee softball program announced the signings of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Thursday.

Looking into the future, Connelley signed her first members of the 2002 freshman class with the additions of pitchers Tiffany Childress (Columbia, TN/Columbia Central HS) and Jen Dorais (West Sacramento, CA/Hiram Johnson HS). Childress is the first athlete from the state of Tennessee to be signed to a softball scholarship at Middle Tennessee since 1997.

Dorais will be looked to as a utility player for the Lady Raiders as she can pitch and play middle infield and outfield. Childress pitched for Columbia Central and led her team to a second place finish in the 3-A state championship in 2001.

"Tiffany is a quality person and player who studies and loves the game," Connelley said. "Jen is the consummate utility player."

Megan Cherinka, who is transferring from Sierra Junior College, will be making her presence felt in January. Cherinka, a 5-10 designated hitter who can also play first and second base, will be on campus and in a uniform for the 2002 season.

"Megan is the instant impact player we were looking for," Connelley said. "She is a big player who can stroke the ball."

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