Memphis Softball Adds Two to 2012-13 Class
April 26, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head softball coach Natalie Poole announced Thursday that Jacqueline (Jaye) Smith and Hannah Harrell have committed to the University of Memphis
The two Tennessee prep standouts join the Tigers' three early signees (Georganna Goodwin, Cierra Mangum and Lindsie Knowles) for the 2012-13 season. Smith is a senior at Lexington High School in Lexington, Tenn., while Harrell preps locally at Arlington High School.
"We are very pleased about Jaye and Hannah committing to be both a student at the University of Memphis as well as an athlete for the softball team," Poole said. "These young ladies are talented athletes who will contribute immediately to our team. They are very passionate about the game of softball and have a true desire to be a Tiger. Hannah will work both in the infield and outfield, while Jaye will work in the middle infield."
Smith has lettered four years at shortstop for Ronnie Burke at Lexington HS. She is hitting .443 this season with 22 RBI. The senior batted over .500 in the state tournament last season, helping Lexington finish as the runner-up. Smith also lettered two years as a striker on the soccer team and is an all-district selection in both softball and soccer. She led her team in both scoring and assists. Smith played travel ball with the Nashville Cruisers 18 Gold this season and played for the Nashville Nighthawks 18 Gold in 2010-11.
A native of Ashland, Miss., Harrell has lettered four years as an outfielder, shortstop and catcher at Arlington HS under Coach Brandon Morgan. She was named an All-Metro first team selection in 2011 and 2010 and earned second team honors as a freshman in 2009. As a junior, Harrell hit .366 with 36 runs scored, nine triples and 31 RBI. She totals 76 runs, 13 triples, 55 RBI and a .341 batting average in three seasons at Arlington. Harrell has played travel ball with the Mid-South Predators (three years) and the Germantown Red Devils (four years). Her 2011 team competed in the ASA nationals.