Nov. 11, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Boilermaker softball team for the 2013 season. Paris Andrew (Modesto, Calif.), Lilly Fecho (Carol Stream, Ill.), Mary Gooding (Leawood, Kan.) and CJ Parsons (Davie, Fla.) will come to Purdue next fall.
"As a staff we are very excited about our 2012 class," head coach Kim Maher said. "All of our recruits in the 2012 class are more than good softball players, they are great students and they have found ways to give back to the community through volunteering, starting foundations, and building homes for those less fortunate. We feel the 2012 class will be able to jump right in and join their Purdue softball teammates on the field and in the classroom to continue a standard of excellence set by Purdue Softball Alumni. All in all this incoming class is going to challenge our returners for playing time, which is only going to make our program better."
Andrew, an infielder from Modesto Christian High School, is a two-time all-district team selection, earning the accolade her sophomore and junior years under coaches Jeff Berges and Sam Vicino. She also garnered all-Trans Valley League Offensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore after batting .419 with 21 stolen bases and 19 runs scored. That followed her rookie season, which brought a .405 average, 27 runs score and first team all-league and team most inspirational accolades. As a junior, Andrew registered a .505 average, 15 RBI, 44 runs scored, 43 stolen bases and four home runs en route to first team all-league and small schools all-district honors as Modesto Christian won the Trans-Valley League title. A Gold Honor Roll and National Honors Society member, Andrew played summer ball for the California Grapettes 18 Gold. The daughter of Paul and Darla Andrew plans to major in elementary education.
"Paris is a great get for Purdue softball," Maher said. "Paris has a strong understanding of the game and a versatility that could put her in multiple positions in the infield. She has speed and power at the plate and a great awareness as a hitter. Paris is another one of our incoming athletes to keep an eye on."
Fecho, a pitcher from Glenbard North High School, is a two-time unanimous all-conference and all-area player, garnering the accolades her sophomore and junior years. She also earned team MVP honors as a junior under coach Josh Sanew and picked up academic all-conference recognition for the third straight year. Fecho played summer ball for the Carol Stream Storm and Illinois Chill 18U Gold. The Gold clinched an 18U ASA Gold National bid in 2010 and went to PGF Nationals in 2011. The daughter of Robert and Claudia Fecho, a three-time Academic Excellence Award and honor roll honoree, plans to major in engineering.
"Lilly will be able to add a consistency and a strong presence to our pitching staff," Maher said. "Lilly has the potential along with our current pitching staff to help get Purdue Softball to the next level consistently."
Gooding, an infielder from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kan., is a two-time Eastern Kansas League selection, earning first team honors as a sophomore and second team accolades her junior year. She posted a .421 average with a .554 on-base percentage and just one strikeout in 75 at-bats as a sophomore and hit .390 with a .419 OBP and four strikeouts in 86 at-bats as a junior en route to the honors. Her team ranked in the top 10 nationally for GPA both seasons under coach Rob Wade. Gooding, who lettered in track as a freshman, played summed ball for the KC Zephyrs. The daughter of Stephen and Lynne Gooding, a principals honor roll and national honor society member, plans to major in computer science. Mary's brothers Lee and Charles Gooding are Purdue alumni as is her grandfather Benjamin (Cal) Korschot, who played basketball for the Boilermakers, 1939-41.
"Mary is the complete package," Maher said. "She is very athletic with great speed and a strong arm. Mary's potential puts her in the same category as Liane Horichi and Molly Garst. Mary is definitely going to be an athlete to watch in her four years here at Purdue."
Parsons, an infielder from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, is an all-state honoree, garnering second team honors as a junior under coach Bryan Baucom. She posted a .421 average with 17 runs and 14 RBI, while earning the Jen Cordero Gold Glove Award and Miami Herald all-county first team honors as a team captain that season. The three-year starting third baseman earned all-county second team honors as a sophomore and third team accolades as a freshman, when she led the team with 36 RBI. Parsons, who led her team to FHSAA Class 5A District titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011, played summer ball for the Gold Coast Hurricanes. The daughter of Jim and Jodi Parsons, a Miami Herlad Silver Knight Award nominee and founder of the RBIs4Cancer (RBIs4Cancer.com) charity, plans to major in physical therapy.
"CJ brings a desire and a tenacious attitude to our team," Maher said. "CJ is a competitor and not afraid to work hard and that is the type of student-athlete we want here at Purdue. She is a third baseman who has the potential to hit the long ball, but what sets CJ apart from the majority of her peers is the energy and passion for the game she brings to the field."
The Boilermakers kick off their 2012 season at the New Mexico Lobo Classic in Albuquerque on Feb. 18.