TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State softball team is building for the future as six incoming student-athletes signed their National Letters of Intent this week to play for FSU starting in the 2015-16 academic year.
Zoe Casas (Rialto, Calif./Aquinas HS), Tessa Daniels (Auburn, Ga./Buford HS), Abby Evans (Marietta, Ga./Hillgrove HS), Carsyn Gordon (Palmetto Bay, Fla./Coral Reef HS), Cali Harrod (Roopville, Ga./Heard County HS) and Sabrina Stutsman (Windermere, Fla./West Orange HS) will come to Tallahassee to help the Seminoles continue to be one of the top programs in the ACC and the country.
“As a coaching staff we worked really hard on this 2015 class,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “We are very excited to get them on campus and start working with them. We have athletes coming in that will fit into our program and represent our core values, athleticism and vision of what we want Florida State Softball to be.”
Zoe Casas is an outfielder who has tremendous ability at the plate and on the bases. Casas earned 2014 CIF Division 4 Player of the Year honors after batting .644 with 10 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 26 stolen bases. She also was named an All-American in 2013 and won ASA/USA State and National Championships in 2008 as part of the Corona Angels travel team.
Tessa Daniels recently won her fourth consecutive Georgia state softball title as a left-handed pitcher and first baseman for the Buford Wolves on Nov. 1. She was named to the GHSA All-State and All-Region First Team in 2011-13, including a 2013 campaign where she posted a .465 average with 44 RBI at the plate and had an 8-0 record with a 2.52 ERA in the circle. Daniels has played on the Atlanta Vipers and GA Impact travel teams while currently participating on the East Cobb Bullets 18U Gold squad.
Abby Evans is a dominant right-handed pitcher who has been named to the All-Region First Team each year of high school. Amassing a record of 47-22 with an ERA of 1.50 over her first three seasons at Hillgrove high school, Evans was also a member of the Atlanta Vipers-Jennings squad that won 16U ASA/USA State and National Championships in 2013.
Carsyn Gordon is a prolific hitter as an infielder for Coral Reef high school. She batted over .500 each season, including a .621 average with seven home runs and 25 RBI as a junior in 2014 as Gordon was named the Miami-Dade County Player of the Year. The Barracudas won the 8A FHSAA championship in 2013 and were semi-finalists in 2014. Gordon has also been a member of the Miami Stringrays who placed seventh at the 2013 ASA 18U Gold Nationals and sixth at the 2012 ASA 16U Gold Nationals.
Cali Harrod also capped off a successful senior season with a 2014 GHSA state championship, as Heard County earned the AA title on Nov. 1. A very talented middle infielder, Harrod batted .545 with 12 doubles, six home runs, 28 RBI, 35 stolen bases and 48 runs scored as the Braves earned the first state championship in Heard County history. She also played with the Atlanta Vipers travel team which won the PGF National Championship in 2012 after a top 20 finish at the ASA Nationals in 2011 and a top 10 finish in 2010.
Sabrina Stutsman is a power-hitting infielder for West Orange high school who broke the Warriors’ single season home run record with nine in 2013 as they reached the semifinals of the state tournament with Stutsman named to the All-State Second Team. In 2014, she batted .420 with nine doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI. As a member of the Wildfire 96 travel team, Stutsman earned a 14U ASA Southern National Championship in 2011, 33rd place 16U finishes in 2012 and 2013, and a 24th place 18U national finish in 2014.
“The sky is the limit for this class,” assistant coach Travis Wilson said. “They are very athletic and have a true passion for the game. I’m confident we won’t miss a beat even though we are graduating some special players this season. This group is going to be fun to watch.”
There will be individual spotlights on each recruit starting Nov. 17 on Seminoles.com. Make sure to check those out next week.
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