Softball Adds Two Additions To 2004 Recruiting Class

Nov. 25, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon softball program has signed two more players for the 2004 season, head coach Kathy Arendsen announced today.

Betti Jo McGonigle (IF, Glendale, Ariz.) and Ann Marie Topps (IF/OF, Costa Mesa, Calif.) have both signed letters of intent and will join Oregon as freshmen in 2004.

'These are two more great additions to our program,' Arendsen said. 'Adding these players to our team promises a bright future for Oregon softball.'

McGonigle attends Moutain Ridge High School in Glendale, Ariz., and played under Bob Pena on the Arizona Outlaws club team. The Outlaws were ranked No. 1 for part of the 2002 summer and finished the season 49-18 and ranked No. 8 in the nation. McGonigle earned Outstanding Offensive Player after ending the season with an impressive .539 batting average.

Mountain Ridge went to the state play-offs in 2002 with McGonigle earning Most Valuable Player in the region and also earning All-State accolades.

McGonigle's brother, Billy, plays baseball at Arizona State.

'In 25 years of coaching, Betti Jo is the most phenominal hitter I've seen,' Pena said. 'The challenge for her in the Pac-10 won't be hitting. She thrives on faster pitching and has a great ability to manage her pitches. She rarely swings outside of the strike zone.'

Topps (Costa Mesa HS) played for the American Athletics club team, which finished first at the AFA California State championship, third at the Batbusters June Classic and fifth at the Canada Cup Futures Tournament this past season.

A four-year starter at Costa Mesa High School, Topps made an immediate impact, earning Offensive Player of the Year honors on junior varsity in 2000. The following year Topps played varsity and was a first-team All-Pacific Coast League honoree and earned second-team All-CIF accolades.

Topps owns a .444 batting average and was the team's Most Valuable Player as well as a first-team All-Pacific Coast selection for the second consecutive season in 2002.

'Ann Marie is an impressive athlete,' Arendsen said. 'She can play almost any position on the field. She can hit for average and for power. She has excellent speed, a strong throwing arm and an excellent attitude. She has the potential and desire to be a dominant college player.'

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