Memphis Softball Adds Five to 2005-06 Roster
June 2, 2005
MEMPHIS, TENN. - University of Memphis softball coach Windy Thees announced today the addition of five more players for the inaugural squad that will begin play next spring.
Someone already very familiar with Coach Thees will be pitcher Jenna Kubesch. Kubesch pitched for Thees at Georgia College & State University, where she was named All-Peach Belt First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region as a freshman. She led the GC&SU pitching staff with a 19-4 record, 1.47 ERA and 192 strikeouts in 148 complete innings. She was 8-1 in conference games and ranked fourth in the league in strikeouts and opponents' batting average (.180). She tossed seven shutouts and recorded one save. Kubesch was also strong out of the circle, hitting .313, third on the team, and leading the team with nine homeruns, 40 RBIs and a .563 slugging percentage. She was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll. A native of Weimar, Texas, Kubesch guided Weimar High School to back-to-back Texas 2A State Championships. She was the 2A and Tri-County Most Valuable Player in each of her last three seasons and was a Texas All-Star participant who took home District MVP and Academic All-District honors. The daughter of Darrell and Cindy Kubesch, Kubesch is one of five pitching signees for Thees for the Lady Tigers' inaugural season.
Also joining the pitching rotation will be Nicki Johnson, a 5-7 junior college transfer from Pima Community College in Arizona. Johnson helped Pima to the NJCAA national championship in 2004, guiding Pima to a 70-8 record in 2004 and a 61-11 record in 2005. A second team all-conference honoree as a freshman, Johnson earned first team honors as a sophomore, also earning all-region and conference player of the week awards in her final season at Pima. In 2005, Johnson led the league in wins (35) and strikeouts (226), and finished the year with a 35-5 record. Johnson is a native of Tucson, Ariz., where she prepped at Salpointe and Sahuaro High Schools. At Salpointe as a freshman, Johnson played basketball, and softball, before playing volleyball and softball at Sahuaro. Her 2002 softball team was state runners-up in 5A. A member of her high school honor roll, Johnson is the daughter of Mike and Karen Johnson.
The fifth pitching signee is already familiar with Memphis and being a Tiger, as volleyball middle hitter Melissa Nance will join the softball team in the spring at pitcher or third. Nance, who is also a team captain for the Memphis volleyball team, was a pitcher for the softball team at Clinton Prairie High School in Frankfort, Ind. At Clinton Prairie, Nance was a four-year letterwinner, who helped her squad to a Class A State Championship in 2002. In the championship game, Nance pitched a one-hitter, striking out seven, and knocked in the game-winning run with a double.
Leandra Hines is the only signee for the outfield in the latest group of future Lady Tigers. Hines, a native of McDonough, Ga., comes to the Memphis program from Union Grove High School, where she was a four-year letterwinner in softball and track and a two-year letterwinner in basketball. In 2003, her softball team finished third in the state tournament, and the following season, Hines earned first team all-county and all-state honors. As a junior, she hit .314 and stole 40 bases, a school single-season record. She is a member of the school band and the National Honor Society and is also a member of the Beta Club. Named the Union Grove offensive player of the year and the Southern Crescent Player of the Year as a junior, Hines has also played eight years of travel ball with the OLA Jammers team that is coached by her parents. The 2002 Jammers squad won the USSSA 16-U State Championship and were the 16-UA World Series Runners-up. Hines is currently playing on the 18-U-A Jammers squad. Hines is the daughter of Robert and Sandra Hines.
Lindsey Pridgen, also a transfer from Pima Community College, will round out the signees. Pridgen will be joining her second first-year team, as she played one season at future C-USA member UTEP in their first season of competition. At UTEP, Pridgen started at shortstop and committed just 15 errors on the season. Pridgen prepped at Silverado High School in Las Vegas.
She transferred to Pima in 2005, where the Pima CC team was the top-ranked team in the country for a majority of the season. In 180 at-bats, Pridgen hit .322 with 52 RBIs and 14 doubles. She also added six homeruns and 42 runs scored as a sophomore at Pima. She will be a junior when she joins the Lady Tigers this fall.
2006 Lady Tiger Softball Roster Name Pos. Ht. Cl.-Exp. Hometown/High/Last School Leila Dolfo P/U 5-6 Fr.-HS Chula Vista, Calif./Eastlake HS Brittany Gooch OF 5-4 Fr.-HS Nashville, Tenn./Wilson Central Tori Gross 2B 5-4 Fr.-HS Ramona, Calif./Ramona HS Kimberly Hayden C 5-7 Fr.-HS El Cajon, Calif./Valhalla HS Leandra Hines OF 5-5 Fr.-HS McDonough, Ga./Union Grove HS Nicki Johnson P 5-7 Jr.-JC Tucson, Ariz./Pima CC Jenna Kubesch P/1B 5-10 Jr.-TR Weimar, Texas/Georgia College & State Laura Mahoney 2B/SS 5-3 Fr.-HS Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS Bridgette McNulty 1B/3B 6-0 Jr.-JC Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS/Central Arizona CC Melissa Nance P/3B 6-1 So.-HS Frankfort, Ind./Clinton Prairie HS Lindsey Pridgen SS 5-8 Jr.-JC Las Vegas, Nev./ Silverado HS/UTEP/Pima CC Kara Ross C/1B 5-9 Jr.-JC Jacksonville, Fla./Olathe East HS/Central Arizona CC Lyndsey Sterling P 5-7 Fr.-HS Atoka, Tenn./Tipton-Rosemark Academy