Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State head coach Kim Sowder has announced the addition of four newcomers who will join the roster for the 2018 season. The Beach will bring in Grayce Majam from Ole Miss, Taylor Rowland from Tennessee, a junior college transfer in Taylor Jaurique and then one additional high school signee in Cindy Robles.
Taylor Rowland continues a pipeline of California natives returning home to play for Long Beach State following a stint at Tennessee, the fourth player to do so during Sowder's tenure. Rowland is entering her sophomore season in 2018, after redshirting in 2016 and then earning a starting role with the Volunteers in 2017.
Rowland hit .247 while starting 31 games at first base, hitting two home runs and five doubles and slugging .371 while helping Tennessee reach the NCAA postseason in her first season playing with the Volunteers. She finished the year with 24 RBI, including an excellent series against Ole Miss, where she hit. 500 with five RBI, two doubles and a home run. "Taylor has a very strong bat, has experience in playing in big moments and will contribute to our offense right away."
Grayce Majam joins the Beach as a transfer from Mississippi, where she started in 96 games over three seasons primarily at second base. In three seasons with the Rebels, she hit .261 with 26 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Over her three years at Ole Miss, she played a part in helping the team reach the Regionals in 2016 and then the Super Regionals in 2017.
"Grayce is a well-rounded player, both offensively and defensively," said Sowder. "She's a senior with great experience and has played at a really high level in the last three seasons."
Taylor Jaurique will also be coming to the Beach after two outstanding seasons at Mt. San Antonio College, where she was named California Junior College All-American as well as the Diamond Catcher of the Year, given to the state's best juco catcher. Over her two seasons the Mounties went 82-12, and last season advanced to the CCCAA Championship game. Jaurique played a big role in that championship appearance, leading the team with a .465 batting average, 15 doubles, 14 home runs and 51 RBI while starting 42 games behind the plate.
"Taylor's going to give us depth at the catching position right away, and will is another player that will be a solid part of our lineup."
The Beach will also bring in one additional high schooler to join the 2018 class. Cindy Robles was a pitcher for San Pedro High School, compiling a 19-6 overall record as a senior with a 1.81 ERA and 198 strikeouts in her fourth and final season with the Pirates. Robles was named the South Bay Player of the Year after leading the Pirates to the CIF Division I title as a senior in 2017.
"Cindy will be able to help give us more depth in the circle right away. We're excited to see her develop at the college level after a successful high school career."
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