Softball Signs Three Prep Standouts For 2006 Campaign

Nov. 11, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State softball head coach Kirk Walker announced Thursday that three student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for the Beavers in 2006. Paige Lowe of Tustin, Calif., DeAnn Young of Camarillo, Calif., and Stefanie Ewing of Scottsdale, Ariz., will all join the OSU squad.

Lowe will come to Oregon State next season after graduating from Foothill High School where she helped lead her team to the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs in three straight seasons, including the league championship in 2002 and 2003. The versatile infielder/outfielder earned first team all-league honors in 2004 and is a two-time time Defensive Player of the Year. Lowe is a member of the Gordon's Panthers travel ball team.

'Paige comes from a strong lineage of excellent athletes (her sister Caitlin was an All-American at Arizona last season),' said Walker. 'She's not only a phenomenal athlete, but also an exceptional individual and comes from a great family. Paige is a power hitter and a middle infielder that will be able to come into our program and make an immediate impact.'

Young will join Oregon State after graduating from Adolfo Camarillo High School where she led her team to three straight Pacific View League championships. A first baseman/outfielder, Young is a first team All-CIF Southern Section selection and a first team All-Pacific View League performer. She was also named the school's Offensive Player of the Year. Young participates on the Worth Firecrackers travel ball squad.

'DeAnn also comes from a family of great athletes (two older brothers playing major league baseball),' said Walker. 'She's a great athlete and can play both infield and outfield and is someone that has her best years ahead of her. Once she becomes more confident and consistent with her swing, she'll be a real threat and a tough hitter in the Pac-10 Conference.'

Ewing, a catcher, will come to OSU from Desert Mountain High School, where her team was one of the highest ranked in Arizona's Class 5A. Ewing is a two-time first team All-State selection and a two-time first team All-Region pick. She competed on the Arizona Hotshots Gold travel team.

'Stefanie is a tremendous hitter - probably one of the top hitters in 18-under Gold ball coming out this year,' said Walker. 'She's very experienced and is a great receiver behind the plate. We look for her to come in right away and make an immediate impact with her bat and share in the catching duties.'

The Beavers have consistently added recruits that fit the bill of having a strong family background and according to Walker, the 2006 class continues that tradition.

'We're getting some exceptional athletes with a strong passion to win a national title,' said Walker. 'All three are coming in with tremendous family support and it has been awesome to spend time getting to know there siblings and parents.'

The Beavers have made six consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearances, including four trips to the Regional Championship game.

Oregon State opens the 2005 season on February 4, in SantaBarbara, Calif., at the UCSB Tournament.

OREGON STATE SOFTBALL SIGNEES:
Paige Lowe (Tustin, CA/Foothill High School)
DeAnn Young (Camarillo, CA/Adolfo Camarillo High School)
Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, AZ/Desert Mountain High School)

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