November 18, 2003

Softball Signs Two NorCal Players to NLIs

Nov. 18, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University head softball coach Marcy Crouch inked two standout players from Northern California high schools to National Letters of Intent during the first day of the early signing period last Wednesday afternoon. The fifth-year head coach secured the services of Redwood City's Jerrica Castagno and San Lorenzo's Maggie Godfrey.

The two recruits will join a team next season that will dominated by juniors and seniors, whose experience and knowledge of the collegiate game will be valuable for the newcomers to draw on.

Castagno pitches for head coach Jim Liggett at Carlmont High School in Redwood City. A member of Carlmont's Hall of Fame, Castagno was named San Mateo County Player of the Year last spring. She posted a 0.00 ERA in Peninsula Athletic League play, leading her team to a perfect 14-0 record as PAL Champions. That performance earned her league Pitcher of the Year honors while she was also recognized as a member of the All-Central Coast Section Team.

"I'm very excited to bring Jerrica to Santa Clara because she will be an impact player that will enable us to continue to improve our program," Crouch said. "She is a power pitcher with the intensity and talent to thrive at the Division 1 level."

Godfrey is a catcher at Moreau Catholic High School in San Lorenzo. She has led Moreau in batting the last two seasons, with a .411 mark last year and a .493 average as a sophomore. Godfrey earned first team Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-High School West Region honors as a junior, and garnered All-League recognition in each of her three seasons. She has also received team awards in each season, earning Rookie of the Year, Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP honors. Academically, she is a three-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete, while being named to the NCS Scholastic Championship Team as a sophomore.

"Maggie is a great fit for Santa Clara and I am thrilled to have her in our recruiting class," Crouch commented. "She will add power to our line-up as well as immeasurable leadership and game experience."

Both signees play for the Strikezone 18 and Under Gold team, coached by Don Ford.

Santa Clara will open the 2004 season at a tournament hosted by UC Santa Barbara January 30-February1. The Broncos will open against Oregon State and play the host Gauchos later that afternoon. Santa Clara will also play Long Beach State and Illinois-Chicago at the tournament.