Nov. 19, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s softball coach Amy Kvilhaug announced on Thursday that Ashley Beza and Jackie Reed have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Red Storm softball program starting in the 2010-11 academic year.
“Our 2010 recruiting class adds quality depth to our strong base of players,” Kvilhaug said. “Both of these student-athletes are driven and ready to help St. John’s get to the top of the BIG EAST and compete deep into the NCAA Tournament. They are great students and wonderful people who come from extremely supportive families.”
Ashley Beza — RHP, Whittier, Calif., California
Beza, a pitcher from Whittier, Calif., is coming off of an impressive junior campaign in the pitcher’s circle for California High School. In 2009, she tallied a 17-9 record with a 1.12 earned run average for the Condors in 27 appearances. Beza struck out 161 batters in 169.1 innings of work, while holding opposing hitters to a .197 batting average. Also an offensive threat, she hit .302 with 14 RBI, four doubles and one triple. The Whittier Daily News tabbed Beza for 2009 All-League and All-Area first team honors.
“Ashley is a hard-throwing, right-handed pitcher that will compete for a spot in the rotation,” Kvilhaug said. “She also has the opportunity to learn from two senior pitchers next year, which will certainly make our staff stronger.”
Jackie Reed — SS/3B, Jackson, N.J., Jackson Memorial
Reed hails from Jackson, N.J., and will bring a keen batter’s eye and a strong defensive game to the Red Storm lineup. In three years at Jackson Memorial High School, the shortstop/third baseman has managed a .423 batting average with 104 hits, 43 RBI, 13 doubles, seven triples and two home runs. As a junior team captain in 2009, she was named to the Coaches’ All-Class A South Team. Reed had a stellar sophomore campaign in 2008, hitting .508 with 45 hits. The Star-Ledger named her to its 2008 All-State third team and its All-Ocean County and All-Group 4 first teams. She also garnered 2008 All-Shore first team honors from the Asbury Park Press. In 2007, she earned an all-division honorable mention and all-county second-team honors. Reed is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“We are very excited that Jackie will be joining our program,” Kvilhaug said. “We have been looking forward to this for some time. Jackie will add depth and versatility to our infield and she brings a strong defensive game.”