Nov. 19, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team will add players from California and Arizona to its 2014 roster as Katy McJunkin and Michelle Poe signed national letters of intent this week. McJunkin, a catcher/utility player from Visalia, Calif., and Poe, a first baseman from Gilbert, Ariz., are the newest additions to the Purdue softball family.
"We are excited about our 2013 class," head coach Kim Maher said. "It is going to be a small class in number, but a very special class. Our 2013 recruits fell in love with Purdue University, the athletic department, and Purdue softball for the opportunity it provides to excel academically and athletically."
McJunkin is an all-state, all-area and all-county honoree at El Diamante High School, where she led coach Travis Roebuck's team to the 2011 Central Section CIF DI championship. As a junior, she garnered second team all-state junior team honors after batting .465 with 40 runs, 33 RBI and 17 extra base hits. The catcher also earned first team all-area honors from the Fresno Bee as well as all-Tulare County and West Yosemite League accolades last season. As a sophomore, McJunkin set a school record for batting average with a .471 mark, while also adding 30 run, 27 RBI and nine doubles. She posted a league-best .581 average en route to first team West Yosemite League and All-Tulare County honors and a second team all-area nod and her second straight team Offensive MVP honor. As a rookie, McJunkin garnered second team all-county and West Losemite League honors after batting .348 with 21 runs. The daughter of Donovan and Christine McJunkin plays travel ball for the Orange County Batbusters under coach Gary Haning, and also is a three-year golf letterwinner. A four-year honor roll member and California Scholastic Federation nominee, McJunkin plans to major in agriculture.
"Katy is going to be a great addition to our team due to her flexibility," Maher said. "She can provide help behind the plate, in the outfield, and at the plate. McJunkin is a lefty who will provide consistency to our lineup."
Poe was a first team all-section III selection at Williams Field High School as a junior after posting a .611 batting average with 64 RBI, 13 home runs and no strikeouts. She was an honorable mention all-Division II selection by the Arizona Republic, a two-time player of the week and led her team in all statistical categories as they posted a school-best 22-8 record. Poe also managed a 10-2 record in the circle. The three-year letterwinner was named second team all-region as a freshman. A two-year National Honor Society member, Poe plans major in either criminal justice or the medical field. The daughter of Michael and Roselind Poe plays travel ball for the Arizona Storm, which finished fifth at the PGF Nationals in 2012 and participated in the ASA Nationals in 2010 and 2011.
"Michelle will provide power to our lineup," Maher said. "She is capable of delivering good power numbers for our offense along with a good glove at first base. Not only is Michelle a talented athlete, she excels in the classroom as well." The 2013 Boilermakers begin their season at the LSU Tiger Classic, Feb. 8-10. The roster features XX returning players and six freshmen.
The 2013 Boilermakers begin their season at the LSU Tiger Classic, Feb. 8-10. The roster features XX returning players and six freshmen.