Stanford Softball Signs Six for 2008-09

Jan. 31, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball program has signed six talented high school seniors announced Head Coach John Rittman today. Ashley Hansen, Jenna Becerra, Christina Goswiller, Maya Burns, Sarah Hassman and Mary Kate Smith will join the Cardinal for the 2009 season.

The class is headlined by Hansen, a Tempe, Ariz. native who is a member of the U.S. Junior National Team and was the only high school player invited to the Women's National Team Olympic Selection Camp in September. Hansen, who plays catcher, shortstop and outfield, was a teammate of current Cardinal sophomores Alissa Haber and Rosey Neill at the Junior Women's World Championship in Enschede, Netherlands last summer, as well as at the Pan Am Championships in Puerto Rico in 2006. She hit .483 to lead the U.S. to the gold medal at the World Championships last June. Hansen attends Corona del Sol High School, where she is a two-time All-Arizona First Team selection. During the club season, she competes for the Worth Firecrackers in Huntington Beach, Calif., which won the 18U National Championship in 2007.

Becerra is a shortstop/pitcher from Westlake High School in Westlake Village, Calif. As a junior last season, she was a first-team All-Marmonte League selection, a Ventura County Star All-County pick and led the league with 376 strikeouts. She competes for the Jets Gold club team.

Goswiller is an infielder/pitcher from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif. She is a three-time All-Bay League selection and a two-time All-South Bay Area Team honoree. She was a participant in the Adidas Top 100 Recruitable Players Camp and the National Elite Futures Camp in 2006, and was named a first-team All-American at Women's Nationals in 2005. She competes for California Lite.

Hassman is an outfielder and middle infielder from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif. As a junior last season, she earned Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Most Valuable Defense honors and is a two-time All-League selection. During the club season, she competes for the San Jose Sting.

Burns is a catcher/utility from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco. She competes for the Sorcerer Gold club team. In 2007, she was one her team's top hitters, leading the squad to a gold national berth in Oklahoma City.

Smith is a utility player from Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla. where she has led her team to three consecutive State Final Four appearances. She is a two-time All-County and two-time All-Western Conference selection, and was named to the All-State Second Team as a junior last season. She competes for the Gold Coast Hurricanes and was an Adidas National Futures Top 100 Athlete in 2006.

'Our coaching staff is extremely excited about this recruiting class,' said Head Coach John Rittman. 'There is a great deal of athleticism and versatility in this group of players, which makes them unique. We expect great things out of this incoming class.'

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