Softball Signs Four to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 15, 2008

SEATTLE - Washington Husky head softball coach Heather Tarr announced the signing of four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent on Friday. The four players, who will join the Huskies for the 2009-10 season, all signed during the early signing period, which runs from Nov. 12-19. The regular signing period begins April 8, 2009 and runs through Aug. 1, 2009.

The newcomers include shortstop Jerrin Faasua (Oceanside, Calif.), catcher/infielder Melanie Fagaly (Chino, Calif.), pitcher Baily Harris (Longview, Wash.), and catcher/infielder Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif.).

Faasua comes to the UW from El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., where she was second- team all state as a junior. She led El Camino to the Palomar League title and a berth in the CIF San Diego Section semifinals. Faasua was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-North County honors along with being named to the San Diego area all academic team.

Faasua, who played for The Next Level club team, has also lettered in volleyball and basketball in high school, earning the basketball team's Co-MVP award in 2005.

'Jerrin is a natural athlete who will make an immediate impact in our infield,' Tarr said. 'Jerrin is a solid hitter with a tremendous amount of speed. Husky fans will enjoy watching her play and we look forward to seeing her in purple and gold. She will make a huge statement upon her arrival in Seattle.'

'I chose the University of Washington because I feel that the educational benefit will be great for me,' Faasua said. 'I also loved the campus and the atmosphere when I visited for the first time. I believe that if my grandpa was still alive, he would have approved of my college choice since Seattle is where he and my grandma met and started dating.'

Fagaly, who goes by her nickname 'Hooch,' comes to UW from Don Antonio Lugo High School in Chino, Calif. Fagaly played for the California Cruisers club team, one of the top clubs in the country. She led the team to a seventh-place finish at nationals last summer in Oklahoma City and is the first California Cruiser to become a Husky.

At Don Antonio Lugo High School, Fagaly has been First Team All-Mt. Baldy League her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. She was named league MVP each of the last two years and has led her team to the league title all three seasons.

Also a star academically, Fagaly is in the top two percent of her class and hopes to earn a degree in Pharmacology at UW.

''Hooch' will spend the majority of time for us catching and at the corner infield positions,' Tarr commented. 'She brings a significant amount of power to our offensive lineup. With the graduation of Alicia Blake after this season, Hooch's composure behind the plate and presence in the lineup will be a welcome addition to our program.'

'The University of Washington has such a beautiful campus and they have the major I am interested in,' Fagaly said. 'They also have an awesome softball team and the opportunity to play in the Pac-10 was a big draw for me.'

Harris, from R.A. Long High School in Longview, Wash., has been the Greater St. Helens League MVP each of the last two seasons, leading the team to the league title as a junior. She was named second-team All-State as a sophomore and honorable mention All-State as a junior.

Harris, who has also lettered in cross country at R.A. Long, is a member of the Washington Lady Hawks club team,

'We expect Baily Harris to come in and carry a significant load of the pitching in her freshman year,' Tarr said. 'She is a crafty right-handed pitcher and a great student. We look forward to seeing Baily's impact on our program on the field and in the classroom.'

'I was born and raised a Husky fan,' Harris said. 'I knew I wanted to play there, especially after watching the softball team play Arizona State at Husky Stadium when I was 10 years old.'

Wright is Tarr's third 2009-10 recruit to come out of the state of California as she hails from Lancaster High in Lancaster, Calif., the same hometown as former Husky standout pitcher Heather Meyer. Wright has made an impact since her freshman year of high school when she set new school and league records for home runs (11) and RBI (47) in a season, earning her first-team all league honors. As a sophomore, she broke her own record with 14 home runs and was named first team All-League and All-Area and was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. She repeated each honor her junior season and also added first team All-State honors and was named Valley Player of the Year. She ranks fourth all-time in California with 36 career home runs heading into her senior season.

Wright is a member of the Corona Angels club team which finished second at 18-and-under Nationals in 2008 and fifth in 2007.

'Ever since we've known Shawna Wright, we've wanted her to be a part of Husky softball,' Tarr said. 'Shawna can catch and play the infield corner positions. Her power at the plate will be noticed immediately as we will see a lot of balls land in the lake off her bat.'

'I chose the University of Washington because I want to compete at the highest level on the field and in the classroom and Washington gives me a great opportunity to accomplish that,' Wright said. 'In my next four years at Washington, I want to earn a degree from a nationally ranked university and win a National Championship every year.'

Tarr and the Huskies open up the 2009 season in St. George, Utah, at the Red Desert Classic, which runs Feb. 6-8. The Huskies are coming off their 15th consecutive postseason berth and will look to return to the Women's College World Series after making their eighth appearance in 2007.

2008 Washington Softball Letter of Intent Signees

Jerrin Faasua
SS, 5-4, Oceanside, Calif. (El Camino)

Melanie 'Hooch' Fagaly
C/1F, 5-8, Chino, Calif. (Don Antonio Lugo)

Baily Harris
P, 5-8, Longview, Wash. (R.A. Long)

Shawna Wright
C/IF, 5-9, Lancaster, Calif. (Lancaster)

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