Stanford Signs Six Recruits

Nov. 14, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - Head softball coach John Rittman has announced the signing of six recruits to the Stanford softball team. Tricia Aggabao, Anna Beardman, Erin Howe, Becky McCullough, Lauren Nydam and Michelle Smith have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Cardinal squad for the 2005 season.

'This is a tremendous recruiting class for our program,' Rittman said. 'We have signed six prominent student-athletes that will make a significant impact to our team. These six athletes are great people as well as ambitious students and I am eager to work with them.'

Aggabao is an infielder from Walnut, Calif., who attends Bishop Amat High School and competes for the California Cruisers Gold club team.

'Tricia is an outstanding player with a great work ethic who will add a lot of versatility to our team,' Rittman said. 'She is a great addition to our program.'

Beardman is a native of Riverside, Calif., where she attends Martin Luther King High School. Beardman, an infielder, also competes for Gordon's Panthers club team.

'Anna is an excellent infielder and has the ability to be an outstanding hitter at this level,' Rittman said. 'She will be a significant addition to Stanford softball.'

Howe hails from Missouri City, Texas, and competes as a catcher/infielder for Elkins High School and the Texas Magic Gold club team.

'Erin is an outstanding hitter that can play at both catcher and in the infield,' Rittman said. 'With her versatility, she will be a great addition to our program.'

McCullough is a native of Moraga, Calif., and attends Campolindo High School. She plays as a pitcher/utility for the Sorcerer Gold club team.

'Becky is an excellent athlete whose versatility will enable her to play anywhere on the field for us,' Rittman said. 'She has the ability to pitch and to be an outstanding hitter at the collegiate level. She will have an impact on our program.'

Nydam is a pitcher from La Canada, Calif., where she attends Village Christian High School and competes for Gordon's Panthers club team.

'Lauren will be a tremendous addition to our team,' Rittman said. 'We needed to sign a pitcher, and with Lauren's talent, we feel very fortunate to have her on our pitching staff.'

Smith attends Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, Calif., and competes for Haning's Batbusters as an infielder.

'Michelle has the ability to be an outstanding infielder and hitter at the collegiate level,' Rittman said. 'She will be a significant addition to Stanford softball.'

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