Nov. 15, 2012
CHICAGO - Alyssa Mannucci (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) and Erica Nagel (Lemont, Ill./Marist) have signed National Letters of Intent to join head coach Missy Beseres' program and play softball at Loyola University Chicago it was announced today. Since taking over the program, Beseres has now signed 11 players from the Chicagoland area.
"I am very excited to be adding two student-athletes as talented as Alyssa and Erica in the same class," Beseres said. "In addition to coming from two of the better high school programs in the area, both played for some of the top club teams in the country."
A slap-hitting outfielder, Nagel will play her first season at Marist High School this spring after sitting out 2011 due to her transfer from Lemont High School. As a sophomore at Lemont in 2011, the fleet-footed, left-handed hitting outfielder batted .435 with eight doubles, 46 runs scored and a Lemont single-season-record 42 stolen bases. She also started on the varsity squad as a freshman.
"Erica is a prototypical lefty slapper and will add speed to our roster," Beseres said. "We expect her to compete for playing time immediately."
Mannucci has been one of the top middle infielders in the area playing at Plainfield South and last season batted .392 with nine doubles, four home runs, 21 RBI and 36 runs scored. The right-handed hitter possess gap power and last year was named All-Southwest Prairie Conference, Herald-News All-Area, and has been her team's most valuable player two years in a row.
"Alyssa is a hard worker and a competitor and has a tremendous respect for the game," Beseres said. "She defines the term `gym rat' and has the potential to be an impact player for this program."
Loyola went 26-23 last season and reached the title game of the Horizon League Championship for the first time since 2004. The Ramblers return eight starters from last season's squad as well as their top pitcher, Second Team All-Midwest Region and Horizon League Pitcher of the Year honoree Brittany Gardner.
The Ramblers open the 2013 season on February 22 at the Kickin' Chicken Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.