Columbia, Mo. - Missouri head softball coach Ty Singleton announced Wednesday, that four women have signed letters of commitment for the 2004-05 season. Janessa Roening, Jenifer Bruck, Amanda Renth and Erica May will provide depth and leadership to the growing Mizzou softball program.
A transfer from Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., Roening, a native of Port Angeles, Wash., will enter MU as a junior. An outstanding outfielder, Roening was named NWACC Conference Player of the Year in 2003. With solid defense and great speed, Janessa batted .440, hit 10 home runs with 30 RBI and 40 stolen bases last season.
The only signee from Missouri, Bruck, (St. Peters, Mo.), attends Fort Zumwalt West High School where she is a four-time all conference player. Recently named the St. Louis Post Dispatch Player-of-the-Year in 2003, Jen will pitch and play in the infield at Missouri. Versatile and focused, and an outstanding hitter with great speed, Bruck currently plays for the St. Louis Esprit softball club.
Amanda Renth earned all-conference honors her first three years at Mascoutah, (Ill.) High School. Hailing from Mascoutah, Ill., Renth will play at first and third base as well as designated hitter for MU. A leader on the field and in the classroom, Amanda is expected to major in engineering. She plays for the St. Louis Chaos softball club.
A senior at Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colo., May was named team captain and won all-conference honors after leading her Class 5A conference in ERA, strikeout percentage, and win/loss percentage. The pitcher helped in advancing her team to the state quarterfinals in the fall of 2003. A member of the Boulder Comets club team, May is active in her high school as the sports writer and editor of her school newspaper and an active member of the national honor society. Erica plays for the Boulder Comets softball club.
"As a coaching staff we are constantly striving for excellence both on and off the field," Singleton said. "This incoming class is made up of women who truly encompass the ideal we are looking for, excellence on the field, in the classroom and in their social lives. These are the basic foundations of our program, and these carefully selected student-athletes will make excellent additions as we work toward our goals."