Softball Signs Six To National Letters Of Intent

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Softball Head Coach Germaine Fairchild has announced the signing of six players to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 academic year. Danielle Edmands (Northborough, Mass.), Nicole Gubellini (Salem, N.H.), Molly Jarrett (Northport, N.Y.), Sydney Robey (Glenmoore, Pa.), Courtney Solt (Bechtelsville, Pa.), and Noelle Wagner (Orange, Calif.) will join the Bobcats in the fall of 2012.

Edmands joins Quinnipiac from Algonquin Regional High School in Massachusetts. Edmands, a catcher and utility player, received Most Valuable Player honors in her freshman and junior seasons. After posting a .561 batting average as a junior, she won the Team Award, and was inducted into her high school’s 100 Hit Club. The Northborough, Mass. native was also selected Mid Watch A All-Star for three straight seasons, while being named a Top Ten Hitter in her high school league. Edmands, a three-year honor roll student, is interested in studying the health sciences.

“Dani is a gifted, well-rounded softball athlete whose movement and athleticism behind the plate are second to none,” said Fairchild.

Nicole Gubellini attended Salem High School in New Hampshire where she pitched and played at first base. During her junior year, Gubellini led Salem with a .456 batting average, 21 RBI and three home runs, including a grand slam. Gubellini also earned an 11-1 pitching record as she pitched a total of 87 innings, collecting 116 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.48. While at Salem, Gubellini was a two-time Eagle Tribune All-Star and received New Hampshire All-State honors in 2011. Gubellini was recently selected as a co-captain for the 2012 squad. Gubellini suits up for the Central Mass Rapids and is a member of the volleyball and winter track teams at Salem. Gubellini was recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society and is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. The Salem, N.H. native is actively involved in various church activities and volunteers with youth softball programs. She plans to major in either business or accounting.

“Nicole has exceptional physical and mental strength, as well as an outstanding softball training background,” said Fairchild, “which will contribute to our on-field success on offense, defense, and in the pitching circle.”

Also joining the Bobcats’ pitching efforts, is Northport, N.Y. native, Jarrett. Jarrett played for Northport High School and the Long Island Sudden Impact Gold club team. During the 2011 season, Jarrett pitched 117 innings and struck out 154 batters. She also tallied 16 runs, 24 hits, and nine RBI as a junior. Jarrett received Most Valuable Player honors and was named All-League, All-Division, and All-County at Northport. She’s also a member of several honor societies and has been a NYS Scholar Athlete for five years running.

“Molly is a hard-working student of the game whose commitment to becoming a master of movement in the pitching circle, and a solid hitter, will fortify our pitching staff and increase our options on offense,” said Fairchild.

Robey comes to Quinnipiac from Downington High School West (Pa.) where she was named All-Area for three consecutive seasons. The Glenmoore, Pa. native played at both the pitcher, first base and second base positions. Robey was selected as team captain in 2011 and received Pennsylvania All-State first team and All-Southeast Pennsylvania honors during that season. In her junior season, Robey posted a .543 batting average and contributed seven home runs, while she led the team with a .400 batting average as a sophomore with 18 RBI, eight triples and five homers. Robey also played for the N.J. RKE Jaxx club team. Robey, a National Honor Society member, plans to major in nursing.

“Sydney is a highly versatile and athletic player who brings to our program the ability to be a mainstay in the pitching circle, on defense, and in our offensive line-up,” said Fairchild.

Solt, an outfielder, joins the Bobcats from Boyertown Area Senior High School in Pennsylvania. The Bechtelsville, Pa. native was named 2011 Tom Doyle Tournament Most Valuable Player. Solt competed on the PA Tuff N’ Tuffer Gold club team. During the summer of 2011, she batted .550, while collecting 42 runs, 18 RBI, 14 doubles, nine triples and 36 stolen bases. In addition, Solt volunteered as a softball coach and ski instructor and helped organize Community Unity Walk in her hometown. A two-year honor roll student, Solt intends to major in psychology.

“Courtney is a tenacious competitor who is a triple threat on offense and is fearless on defense,” said Fairchild.

Also joining the Bobcats’ efforts behind the plate next season is Orange, Calif. native, Wagner. Wagner played softball at Lutheran High School of Orange County in California where she’s been a three-year varsity catcher. Wagner led Lutheran to an undefeated season in league play during the 2011 season. She received Colorado Sparkler All-American honors in 2010. Wagner also played for the Villa Park Vipers 18U Gold club team, where she helped lead them to a second-place finish at the 2010 AFA Nationals. Wagner is a National Honors Society member and four-year student government participant, in addition to the California Scholarship Federation. She is currently the Co-Commissioner of the Servant Leadership Committee. Wagner is interested in studying the health sciences and criminal justice.

“Noelle is an experienced softball athlete whose softball IQ and passion for the game make her a perfect fit in our program,” said Fairchild.

Quinnipiac kicks off the 2011-12 season when it travels to Longwood, Va. to play Oakland in the Lancer Leadoff Classic on Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m.