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Softball inks three for 2014

Head Coach Kim Sowder has announced the committment of three players for 2014.

Nov. 28, 2012

Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State head softball coach Kim Sowder has announced the signing of Lauren Lombardi, Sydney Shipley, and Alyssa Gonzales to National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period.

"With just three players, this is a small class, but we're excited about it," said Sowder. "They will bring great depth to an experienced team."

Shipley is a pitcher out of Pinole Valley High School in Pinole, Calif. where she posted a 1.51 ERA as a freshman and hitting .346, before improving on both numbers with a 0.59 ERA and a .450 batting average as a sophomore, leading the Spartans to a 24-2 overall record.

"Sydney is a very strong pitcher, with good movement and velocity," said Sowder. "She has had a lot of success against tough competition, and gets better every time we see her. We really expect her to keep growing into her potential."

The class will fill a battery as well in catcher Lauren Lombardi. Hitting three home runs as both a freshman and a sophomore, Lombardi hit .317 as a freshman with West Ranch High School in Valencia before hitting .340 as a sophomore.

"Lauren has a lot of natural power as a hitter," said Sowder. "She's very mature, and her leadership qualities along with her offense will serve her well at catcher, where she'll give us great depth."

Finally, the 49ers received a commitment from 2011 NFCA All-American Alyssa Gonzales. Gonzales hit .469 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 2011, finishing third in the South Coast Conference in batting, and adding 20 stolen bases.

"Alyssa is a tremendous hitter, and has proven it both at the high school and junior college level," said Sowder. "She will have an immediate impact on our offense with her bat and speed."



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