George Washington University softball head coach Stacey Schramm has announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2014 season. Among them is outfielder Marissa Mangini of Wellington, who committed to George Washington during the early signing period.
“We’re so thrilled to have these six student-athletes join the Colonials’ softball family,” Schramm said. “They are great young women from great families and will be terrific student-athletes at GW. The 2014 class will bring a lot of athleticism and talent to our lineup on both sides of the ball. We expect this group to have a tremendous, immediate and long-term impact on our program.”
Marissa Mangini is a two-time All-State outfielder from American Heritage High School in Delray Beach. A native of Wellington, the 5-foot-7 Mangini batted .361 and slugged .485 with nine extra-base hits, 21 RBIs and 18 stolen bases for the Florida 3A state champion Patriots in 2012.
The previous season, Mangini was named Florida’s 2A Defensive Player of the Year while earning her team’s Best Offensive Player award after hitting .467 with eight doubles, five triples, three home runs, 23 RBIs and 24 steals as the Patriots won the 2A state title.
“Marissa is a dynamic player on both sides of the ball,” Schramm said of Mangini. “She is an elite defender in center field, with the ability to dramatically impact a game from that position. Offensively, she can really run and is a triple-threat, left-handed hitter who can handle the bat and drive the ball with power.”
The other five student-athletes to sign letters of intent were catcher/first baseman Jillian Galich, third baseman/pitcher Paige Kovalsky, middle infielder Megan Linn, outfielder Monica Macchiarulo and catcher/outfielder Madison Myers-Cook, who committed to George Washington University for 2014 during the early signing period.
The George Washington University Colonials open the 2013 season Feb. 8-9 at the Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.
For additional information about softball or other sports at George Washington University, visit the school’s athletics web site at www.gwsports.com.
ABOVE: Marissa Mangini with Dave Hir, who coached her for seven years on the now-defunct Wellington Wicked, and Kevin Drake, her coach at American Heritage High School.