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(EUGENE, Oregon) - The Oregon State softball team has signed four players for the 2012 roster as announced Wednesday by head coach Kirk Walker.
Madison Bundy (Anacortes, Wash./Anacortes HS), Aryn Feickert (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS), Kiara Garcia (Fairfield, Calif./Rodriguez HS), and Dani Gilmore (Woodland, Calif./El Camino HS) have all committed to play for Oregon State in 2012.
“We’re very excited about our incoming class,” Walker said. “It is a very diverse class, position-wise, and is a very talented group. We have representation from southern California as well as the northwest. It is a very solid class that will have a great career here at Oregon State.”
Madison Bundy (Anacortes, Wash./ Anacortes HS) INF/UTIL
Bundy, from Anacortes HS in Anacortes, Wash., is a middle infield/utility player. In her career at Anacortes HS, she has twice been named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team as well as the All-State Second Team. She broke the 11 year school-record for batting average, hitting .598. She plays club ball for the Washington Lake Breeze. A great student, Bundy has been selected to the honor roll every semester.
“Madison Bundy is an athlete from up here in the northwest that we have liked for a long time,” Walker said. “We were very excited to hear that she had a strong interest in us which allowed us to add her to this class. She is an athlete who can play everywhere on the infield. She is a really clutch player.”
Aryn Feickert (Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS) Pitcher
Feickert, a pitcher from Highland HS in Palmdale, Calif., was named Pitcher of the Year two times as well as team MVP in consecutive seasons. She pitches for the 3D Gold at the club level and helped lead her team to a Triple Crown Tournament championship. Feickert is a great student in the classroom making honor roll and scholar athlete each of the past three years.
“Pitching is always a big component of our game so we are very excited about signing Aryn Feichert,” Walker said. “She is an athlete that the more we saw her the more we continued so see something special in her. She started getting heavily recruited and is an athlete that may have been flying under the radar a little but at some of the bigger schools that signed earlier. We’re excited about her talent and her ability to come in and compete.”
Kiara Garcia (Fairfield, Calif./Rodriguez HS) INF/UTIL
Garcia, a middle infield/utility player from Rodriguez HS in Fairfield, Calif., comes to Oregon State after being named a, two-time All-Conference First Team selection helping her team to a CIF DIII Section Championship in 2009. Garcia’s team was ranked by ESPN RISE FAB 50 and CalHighSports. Garcia plays club ball for Lady Magic 18 Gold out of Sacramento, Calif. She helped lead them to both the ASA national tournament and the ESPN premier tournament.
In the classroom, Garcia is an outstanding student making Principals Honor Roll and has received multiple academic awards including RHS Scholar-Athlete Award and the Academic Excellence Award.
“Kiara Garcia is probably one of the most dynamic per pound players in the game right now,” Walker said. “She is very similar to an All-Pac-10 player that we had here in Mia Longfellow. She barely hits the scale at 5-foot but plays like she’s 6-foot-5. She is explosive, dynamic and vocal. She has great power and speed for her size and we expect her to make an impact for us right away offensively and defensively.”
Dani Gilmore (Woodland, Calif./El Camino HS) OF/C
Gilmore is an outfielder and catcher from El Camino HS in Woodland, Ca. She was named all-league first team and all-city first team three times. She was named CalHiSports State Freshmen Player of the Year; league Co-Player of the Year, and three-time Scholar Athlete. Plays club ball for the So Cal Jets.
“Dani Gilmore out of southern California is another one who was a little under recruited by some of the bigger schools which worked to our advantage,” Walker said. “She is a very explosive, power-hitting, five-tool athlete. She can do it all. She is naturally a centerfielder who also plays catcher and has a canon of an arm. We know that she is going to make a big impact in the program both offensively and defensively.”
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