Santa Clara Softball Adds Junior College All-American to Incoming Class of 2011-12

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University softball program and head coach Lisa Mize have received a National Letter of Intent from All-America shortstop Alyssa Jepsen (College of San Mateo/Notre Dame High School/Belmont, Calif.) to study at SCU and play for the Broncos in 2011-12.

Jepsen joins an exceptional group of signees who will play for Mize next season, which includes Briana "Breezy" Bernard (C, Linfield Christian High School/Temecula, Calif.), Elizabeth "Jaymi" Bautista-Geiger (RHP/UT, Oak Hall High School/Gainesville, Fla.), Briana Rios (LHP, Central Catholic High School/Modesto, Calif.), Jenna Krummen (INF, Alhambra High School/Martinez, Calif.), Jordan Newell (INF, Saint Ignatius Prep/San Bruno, Calif.) and Ashley Haney (INF, Aptos High School/Watsonville, Calif.), all who signed letters of intent in the fall.

"This is a very talented class that will immediately bring a lot energy, athleticism, and versatility to our roster," said Mize, who just completed her third season as Santa Clara's head coach. "We can't wait for them to put on a Bronco uniform."

Jepsen was recently named a 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Cal JC All-American. She has twice been named an all-state shortstop at the College of San Mateo and was the Coast Conference North Division's Player of the Year last season.

In 42 games this spring, Jepsen hit .432 with 35 RBI. She led the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Coast Conference North Division in hits (60), doubles (18), homers (7) and runs (53). As a first-year college pitcher in 2011, Jepsen posted a 14-9 record with a 2.35 ERA helping San Mateo finish the year 28-14. The 5-foot-7 two-way player starred as a prep at Notre Dame High School in Belmont.

"Alyssa is just a tremendous athlete," said Mize. "She embraces clutch situations and key moments whether it's at the plate, in the circle or on the field. She is a mature, confident player who will bring determination and a winning spirit to our program."