Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University softball program has announced the addition of three prep student-athletes who will join the Bulldog program beginning next fall. The announcement was made by interim head coach Dawn Thompson.
The trio includes outfielder Alyssa Smith (Chelsea), utility player Taylor Verbic (Sterling Heights/Regina) along with pitcher/outfielder Stacy Thompson (Kalamazoo/Mattawan).
"These three girls all have outstanding softball backgrounds and will make a significant impact on our program," Thompson said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to work with all three of them and believe they will be a great fit at Ferris State University."
A three-time all-district pick, Smith helped lead Chelsea High School to a district crown in 2011 while earning all-region accolades. She posted a .472 batting average in 2011 and compiled 52 runs, 51 hits, 44 RBI's, 13 triples and two home runs. Smith led her squad in slugging percentage (.824) as an outfielder under head coach Bob Moffet. The daughter of Nancy and Darwin Smith, Alyssa plans to major in forensic science at FSU and has also been active in both basketball and golf.
Meanwhile, Verbic claimed all-catholic league laurels for Regina High School in 2011 after helping her team to a 19-18 overall record to go with a district crown. She hit .358 for the season in a utility role and garnered 39 hits to go with 23 RBI's, 21 runs and eight doubles. The two-time Macomb County Honorable Mention selection has played on the prep level under Diane Laffey and also competed in both volleyball and basketball. She's the daughter of Joseph and Michelle Verbic and is a four-year letterwinner.
Finally, Thompson claimed first team all-region recognition a year ago for Mattawan High School, which won the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Divison I State Championship. The two-time All-Southwestern Michigan Conference pick tallied a .382 batting average with 45 RBI's, 44 hits and 31 runs. She also recorded an 8-1 pitching record with 46 strikeouts and three shutouts to go with a 1.54 earned run average. A two-time Kalamazoo Gazette All-Area choice, Thompson has won 25 games as a pitcher in the last three years twice helped Mattawan to both a regional final appearance and district title under head coach Alicia Smith. She plans to major in pre-physical therapy at FSU and is the daughter of Daniel and Patricia Thompson. Stacy is a three-year National Honor Society member.
Ferris State will officially open the 2012 campaign by taking part in the Florida Rebel Spring Games March 1-11 in Kissimmee, Fla. FSU posted a 24-23 overall record for the 2011 season, which included an 18-12 GLIAC North Division mark.
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