Courtesy of Tarleton Sports Information

STEPHENVILLE - Tarleton head softball coach Julie Mata has announced the signing of three players for the 2007-08 school year.

Kaci Phillips, Meagan Eldridge and Tami Sutton have all committed to the TexAnn softball program.

“I think this group of recruits is going to fit in so well with our returners,” Mata said. “We have such a strong core of leaders from last year's team that will enjoy having talented, success-oriented players joining them.”

Phillips, a outfielder/middle infielder, is a 2007 graduate of Pasadena Memorial High School in Pasadena, Texas. She is a member of the Houston Mystixx who bats and throws right handed.

“Kaci reminded me of one of our most successful outfielders, Staci Greear, when I saw her play,” Mata said. “She is quick to the ball in the outfield, makes good reads, takes good angles and has a very good arm. She's got quick hands and is a consistent hitter who will add some speed to our lineup as well. I liked her attitude and her confidence, and I think she is going to be a solid part of our team for years to come.”

Eldridge is a junior transfer from Western Texas College is a graduate of Conroe High School. The outfielder hit .333 this season with 35 runs batted in, 37 of 40 stolen bases and two home runs while helping to lead her team to a Region V West Championship and seventh place in the national tournament. She holds the school record with 58 stolen bases in a career and is tied for games played with 60.

“Meagan is just such an impressive softball player and person,” Mata said. “She is a very good communicator and you can tell that she has a passion for the game and for her education. That's a double-win for us. Her speed and her versatility on both offense - she can switch hit - and defense will make her a foundation of our lineup and in our outfield. She has played for a very well-coached ball team at Western Texas and we are really excited to have her join us.”

Sutton is a junior transfer from Blinn and is a graduate of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

“Tami is a talented outfielder that will fit in with our team very well,” Mata said. “She's an impressive defensive and offensive player who struggled with an injury last year at Blinn, but still came back to have a successful season. I believe she will be a very prominent part of our lineup and our outfield.”

The TexAnns finished the 2007 season with the program’s third trip to the NCAA Division South Central Regional tournament. Tarleton, which also made the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament, finished the year with a 36-20 overall record.