TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following its National Championship season in 2018, the Florida State softball program will continue to build on that foundation with the signing of seven student-athletes during the recent fall NLI signing period.
Chloe Culp, Brianna Enter, Devyn Flaherty, Kaia LoPreste, Kaley Mudge, Macy Ratliff and Emma Wilson all signed their National Letter of Intent and will come to Florida State next fall and suit up in the Garnet and Gold for the 2020 regular season.
Chloe Culp stays close to home and will attend Florida State after she graduates from North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee. A perennial All-Big Bend selection, the first baseman/catcher has been playing high school varsity softball for the Eagles since sixth grade and has a career batting average of .479 with 32 doubles, 31 home runs, 141 RBI and 147 runs scored.
“A local product with serious power from the right side,” said FSU assistant coach Travis Wilson. “She can hit to all parts of the field and has the chance to drive in a lot of runs for the Seminoles.”
Brianna Enter, a right-handed pitcher from Green Cove Springs, Fla., has excelled at St. Johns Country Day School throughout her high school career. She is a three-time selection to the FHSAA All-State Teams and holds her school’s record with 118 career RBI, including 38 as an eighth grader, which is a single-season record.
Overall, offensively, she batted .425 throughout high school with 133 hits and also pitched for the Spartans, posting a 2.77 ERA, along with a school-record 50 wins and 675 strikeouts.
“Bri is a no-nonsense pitcher that has really come on over the last 18 months,” said Wilson. “She has a love for pitching and under her little smile on the rubber she is one of the most competitive young pitchers I have been around. It will be fun to watch her grow in the collegiate environment.”
Devyn Flaherty comes to Florida State from Sarasota, Fla., where she played in the middle infield for Riverview High School. In 2018 for the Rams, she earned Team MVP and First Team All-District honors, along with being selected as the runner-up for Florida Player of the Year.
“Devyn has a big upside, not only as an athlete but as a leader for the Seminoles,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “She loves her school, her team and the game of softball.”
“I chose FSU because, as cliché as it sounds, it felt like home,” said Flaherty. “My parents met there and my brother currently attends FSU. The entire team treats each other like a family, which I think is really unique and hard to find.”
Kaia LoPreste is a catcher from Brandon, Fla., that played high school softball for the Riverview Sharks, where she has been a three-time First Team All-State Selection. So far, she is batting .537 through her first three seasons, with 87 RBI, 12 home runs and 35 doubles.
She also competes with the Tampa Mustangs TJ travel team, posting a .382 batting average with 238 RBI and 22 home runs over four seasons. LoPreste has been named a USA Elite All-American, and the team won the Team New Jersey Tournament Championship and placed third at PGF Premier.
“Kaia is simply an athlete, she loves playing softball and she loves to catch,” added Alameda. “We are fortunate to have catchers that have a passion to lead from behind the plate and Kaia is going to step on campus ready for her opportunity to contribute right away.”
Kaley Mudge attended Winter Springs High School in Winter Springs, Fla., where she is an outfielder for the Bears. She was named to the First Team All-State Team, as well as the First Team All-State Academic Team, in both 2016 and 2017 and was an All-Area First Team selection in 2018.
Offensively, she is batting .432 in high school with 105 hits and 62 stolen bases, including a school-record 28 SB in 2016. Mudge has also played on the Hatters Gold-Birle and Gold Coast Hurricanes-Cooper travel teams, and the Hatters placed fifth at the 2015 14u ASA Nationals and were top 20 in the 16u Division in both 2016 and 2017.
“Mudge will help lock down the outfield, while creating runs at the plate,” said FSU assistant coach Craig Snider. “She’s a product of Florida and lives the core values of our program – Family, Smart, Aggressive, Competitive and Committed.”
Macy Ratliff is an outfielder from Rison, Arkansas and has played an impressive career with the Wildcats for Rison High School. She has batted .581 through three seasons, posting a .648 on-base percentage and 129 hits, 129 runs, 48 RBI and 78 stolen bases.
Ratliff and the Louisville Lady Sluggers-Heucker finished fifth in the Power Pool at the 2018 Triple Crown Sports Fireworks Tournament and 33rd at PGF Premier 18u Nationals. In 2017 with the Beverly Bandits-Ketelhut, She won the 16u PGF Premier National Championship, and Triple Crown Sports National Championship. Academically, she ranks at the top of her high school class with a 4.14 GPA.
“Macy has speed to burn,” said Wilson. “She’s a short gamer with excellent bat control and ability to cover ground in the outfield. Will be a terror on the basepaths for the Noles.”
Emma Wilson comes to Tallahassee from Dallas, Ga., where she attended North Paulding High School. The pitcher/first baseman earned First Team All-Region honors in both 2016 and 2017. She also competed for the East Cobb Bullets travel team.
“Emma could be the find of the 2019 recruiting class for us,” added Wilson. “She has the ability to pitch and hit for the Noles and has really started to develop over the last year. Her velocity has really started to come on as she has gotten stronger and will be a great addition to our pitching staff.”