UCLA Softball Announces Signing Class
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA softball program officially announced its 2022 recruiting class on Monday, a group of seven world-class and decorated student-athletes that has been tabbed No. 2 nationally in Extra Inning Softball's preliminary rankings.
The group features four of the top-10 recruits in the nation and all seven are within the top-25, according to Extra Inning Softball. In pitcher/infielder Taylor Tinsley (George Walton Academy), who dominated at the Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) National Tournament last summer, UCLA will be bringing in the top pitcher in the country, according to Softball America. The Bruins also landed the top-two most highly touted infielders in the nation with Jordan Woolery (Clayton Valley Charter) and Megan Grant (Aragon HS).
"We are thrilled to bring in the No. 2 recruiting class in the country and I am confident that they will impact the program immediately," UCLA softball head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said. "We are proud to commit the top pitcher in the country in her class, Taylor Tinsley, from the Georgia Impact club team.
"(Assistant coach) Lisa Fernandez has done an outstanding job of recruiting very skilled, athletic and versatile players in all positions. We will be graduating a large class of Bruins and this class will help us continue our goal of competing on the Women's College World Series stage. I am fortunate to recruit the top, one-percent of student-athletes that take pride in athletics and academics. This class represents excellence on the field and in the classroom."
The 2022 UCLA softball recruiting class is comprised of P/INF Taylor Tinsley (George Walton Academy), INF Jordan Woolery (Clayton Valley Charter), INF Megan Grant (Aragon HS), INF/OF Kennedy Powell (Conroe HS), INF Ramsey Suarez (Great Oak HS), INF Rylee Pinedo (Adolfo Camarillo HS) and C/INF Alexis Ramirez (La Serna HS).
Among that group, the highest-ranked players are Tinsley (No. 1), Grant (No. 2), Woolery (No. 3), Powell (No. 6), Pinedo (No. 12), Suarez (No. 22) and Ramirez (No. 24).
"This class is one of the most talented classes in UCLA softball history," Fernandez said. "With a combination of power, speed, versatility and dominance in the circle, the future looks bright!"
Pitcher/Infielder – Lawrenceville, Ga. (George Walton Academy) – 5-7
Awards/Stats: Ranked as the No. 1 pitching recruit in the nation by Softball America, and second overall and No. 2 pitcher and overall recruit by Extra Inning Softball … bats right and throws right … finished her high school career with a 49-18 record, a 0.72 ERA, 842 strikeouts and 449.2 innings pitched … named the Walton Tribune's Athlete of the Year after leading George Walton Academy to a Region 8-A Private championship her senior season in 2021 … compiled a 10-3 record and 0.96 ERA with 192 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2021 … awarded First Team All-State for Class-A Private, First Team All-Region 8A, Region Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-County and George Walton Academy Best of the Best Award three times in her high school career for each accolade … named to the 2021 PGF All-American Team after two impressive showings at the PGF National Tournament in Summer 2021 for the Georgia Impact travel ball team … put together a 13-2 record with 226 strikeouts and a 0.28 ERA in 99.2 innings pitched her junior season in 2020 … as a sophomore, she racked up a 15-6 record in 141 innings pitched with 214 strikeouts and a 0.55 ERA … put together a 11-win campaign as a freshman with a 1.09 ERA and 210 strikeouts in 122 innings pitched.
Coach I Says: "I believe Taylor is the top pitcher in the 2022 class. She had a strong showing at the PGF National Tournament this past summer and led her high school team to the championship game. She has command of multiple pitches in all zones with a strong attention to detail to her spin and mechanics. She is a true competitor that will continue our strong tradition of excellence in the circle for UCLA softball. We are pumped up to have her commit out of Georgia as she has goals of pursuing excellence on the field and in the classroom. She will make an instant impact when she steps on campus."
Infielder – Walnut Creek, Calif. (Clayton Valley Charter) – 5-9
Awards/Stats: Ranked the No. 3 overall recruit in the nation by MaxPreps and Extra Inning Softball and No. 4 recruit in the nation by FloSoftball … bats right and throws right … recorded a .571 batting average and .595 on-base percentage her junior season in 2021 with 21 runs batted in, six home runs, four doubles and two triples … won the Alliance National Championship with the Athletics-Mercado/Smith squad, anchoring the middle of the lineup … named to the Diablo Athletic League First Team her freshman season after posting a .600 batting average and .675 on-base percentage with 39 hits in 65 at-bats, including eight doubles and five home runs … intentionally walked 17 times her freshman season, including three times in a single 2019 Northern California Section playoff game ... was a multi-sport athlete, playing basketball in high school.
Coach I Says: "Jordan will show power at the plate like Aaliyah Jordan. She competed on the national championship-winning Athletics-Mercado travel team this summer and played big on the championship stage. She is a versatile athlete that can play shortstop and the corners. Jordan is a leader on the field and a solid teammate."
Infielder – San Bruno, Calif. (Aragon HS) – 5-9
Awards/Stats: Ranked the No. 2 overall recruit in the country by Extra Inning Softball, No. 12 by MaxPreps and No. 20 by FloSoftball … bats left and throws right … selected as a member of the USA Junior Women's National Team … captured the 2021 Alliance National Championship with her travel ball team, the West Bay Warriors … named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Second Team and Mercury News' Fab 40 High School Softballers in 2021 after leading her team to the Central California Section Semifinals, hitting for a .706 batting average (.836 on-base percentage and 1.794 slugging percentage for an outstanding 2.630 OPS) with 31 runs batted in and 24 hits in just 34 at-bats, including seven doubles, three triples and eight home runs … committed just two errors on 54 total chances for a .963 fielding percentage … awarded to the Peninsula Athletic League First Team and honored as one of the San Francisco Chronicle's softball regional players of the year her freshman season in 2019 after recording a .500 batting average with 51 RBIs, 33 runs and 42 hits, including 11 doubles and 13 home runs … a multi-sport athlete who played volleyball, basketball and softball at Aragon High School.
Coach I Says: "Megan has been recognized as one of the best in her class as she was named to the USA Softball Junior national team this past summer. Megan is a power hitter from the left side and can play any position on the field. Megan is physically impressive and plays aggressively, using her strength and speed. Megan is a three-sport athlete in high school and has a baseball background. We look forward to seeing Megan at the collegiate level as I believe she will impact our lineup immediately."
Infielder/Outfielder – Conroe, Texas (Conroe HS) – 5-3
Awards/Stats: Ranked as the No. 6 overall recruit in the country by Extra Inning Softball, No. 15 by MaxPreps and No. 24 by FloSoftball … bats left and throws right … won nine national championships on her travel ball team, including three with the Diamond Sports Hotshots Premier at the PGF National Tournament … named Texas District 13-6A Offensive Player of the Year in 2021 after slashing .583/.628/.893 with a 1.501 OPS, 20 runs batted in, 45 runs scored and 49 hits, including seven doubles, five triples and three homers … as a freshman in 2019, Powell hit .545 with 42 hits and 22 stolen bases … hit .429 at USA Gold Nationals with 15 runs and swiped a team-high 13 stolen bases for the Hotshots.
Coach I Says: "Kennedy is a top recruit out of Texas who brings speed, power and versatility to the game. Kennedy is a dynamic athlete who is exciting to watch as we have seen her make ESPN highlight plays several times. She is a triple threat from the left side and plays around the infield and outfield as well. We look forward to seeing her impact in her time in Westwood with us."
Infielder – Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak HS) – 5-6
Awards/Stats: Ranked as the No. 22 national recruit by MaxPreps and No. 38 by Extra Inning Softball … bats right and throws right … won the Alliance National Championship with the Athletics-Mercado/Smith squad alongside fellow 2021 signee Jordan Woolery and current UCLA freshman Savannah Pola this past summer in 2021 and in 2018 … Ramsey was named Cal-Hi Sports Freshman on the Year, a MaxPreps All-American Underclassman, All-Southwestern League First Team and All-Riverside County First Team in 2019 after hitting .465 with nine home runs.
Coach I Says: "Ramsey will bring power to the lineup as she can clear fences at all fields. Ramsey also played with the national championship-winning Athletics-Mercado travel team. Ramsey has a lot of upside to her game and we look forward to her contributing to lineup both at the corners and at the plate. Ramsey is talented and she will impact the program greatly with a strong commitment to her teammates and our UCLA softball program."
Infielder – Camarillo, Calif. (Adolfo Camarillo HS) – 5-3
Awards/Stats: Pinedo, the daughter of UCLA softball alumna Nichole Victoria (1991-94), was ranked as the No. 12 recruit in the nation by Extra Inning Softball … bats left and throws right … helped lead Camarillo High School to a CIF Southern Section title her junior season in 2021 and earned several accolades in the process: Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State (Underclass), All-Ventura County First Team and Coastal Canyon League Player of the Year … recorded a .512 batting average (42-for-82) with 18 runs batted in, 26 runs scored, three doubles and three triples … played travel ball for the So Cal Choppers.
Coach I Says: "Rylee is a versatile infielder with great range and a solid glove. Rylee plays the game with great effort and has a feisty competitive spirit. She bats from the left side and has tools to be a triple threat at the plate with a great feel for the game. Her mom, Nichole Victoria (UCLA, 1991-94) is her high school coach, and Rylee plays like her mom: very competitive with high expectations to succeed. We look forward to welcoming Rylee to the Bruin program and Nichole back to Easton Stadium."
Catcher/Infielder – Whittier, Calif. (La Serna HS)
Awards/Stats: Ranked as the No. 24 recruit by Extra Inning Softball and No. 30 by FloSoftball … bats right and throws left … was pulled up from the OC Batbusters' Maroon team to Mike Stith's 18U team in Fall 2019 … helped lead her team to a 9-3 record and second-place finish in Del Rio League play her junior season.
Coach I Says: "Alexis, 'Lefty', is a strong and steady catcher who plays with passion. Alexis competed on one of the top travel ball teams, OC Batbusters Stith, and is no stranger to high expectations and excellence. She will be a valuable battery mate to our talented pitching staff in the future. Alexis is unique as she throws left and hits from the right side. She will be a solid addition to our lineup offensively and defensively."