Nov. 9, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan softball team received National Letters of Intent from four student-athletes during the early signing period, head coach Carol Hutchins announced Wednesday (Nov. 9). The quartet -- infielder Alexis Allan, LHP Meghan Beaubien, infielder Taylor Bump and RHP Sarah Schaefer -- will join the Wolverines next fall and make their collegiate debut during the 2018 softball season.
"We're very excited about this class," said Hutchins. "It's a talented group that has a great deal of potential and the ability to fill our needs right away. That's what we need them to do. We expect them to come in and make an impact."
Allan, nicknamed "Lou," is a native of Hesperia, California, and is coming off an electric junior year for Oak Hills High School, during which she was named the High Desert Player of the Year, Mohave River League Player of the Year and First Team All-CIF. A first baseman, she is a three-time all-league first team selection and has helped lead her team to three straight league titles. She boasts a .600 career batting average with 33 home runs; as a junior, she recorded a 1.931 OPS with 43 RBI. Allan plays travel ball with the Firecrackers-Rico club, which has placed top five at Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals each of the last four years, including a PGF 18U national championship in 2016. She is the No. 8 nationally-ranked prospect in FloSoftball's 2017 Hot 100 listing.
"Lou Allan is a highly-talented and highly-sought-after player," said Hutchins. "She has an outstanding background in softball; her grandmother was one of the greatest ever to play the game, Sheila Cornell, a two-time Olympian. We expect her to come in and make a significant impact. She's already been invited to be involved with USA Softball before she even leaves high school, so that speaks volumes. She comes from a premiere travel ball program, so she has great experience. My hope is that she'll come in and not miss a beat."
Beaubien, a native of Newport, Michigan, is regarded among the nation's top pitchers, earning back-to-back All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, MaxPreps and FloSoftball, including consensus first-team honors in 2016. The two-time Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year (2015, '16), she is also a three-time Michigan First Team All-State selection. Over the last two seasons, she has posted a 58-4 record with a 0.35 ERA and 851 strikeouts through 384 innings pitched. She has helped lead her high school, Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, to consecutive Michigan state titles and her travel ball team, the Beverly Bandits, to consecutive PGF national championship games, winning the 16U title in 2016. Beaubien is the nation's No. 6-ranked 2017 prospect according to FloSoftball.
"Meghan is an elite pitcher," said Hutchins. "She won the prestigious PGF 16-Under tournament this summer. She's really in a class of her own. She's a lefty, who we expect to have a great impact on our program. She's had a great career thus far. We've been waiting for her for a while now, so we're excited to finally get her here. We're expecting a lot of great things from Meghan Beaubien."
Bump, a native of Gulfport, Florida, is already a four-year letterwinner at the Canterbury School of Florida, where she contributed to back-to-back state titles during her eighth-grade and freshman seasons. A shortstop, she has been named all-state first team (2015), All-Tampa Bay first team (2014, '15) and All-Pinellas County first team (2014, '15, '16). She was a MaxPreps Freshman All-American after hitting .557 with 36 RBI in 2014. She owns a career .437 batting average with 119 RBI and a 1.257 OPS. Outside of softball, Bump has also earned varsity letters in volleyball and basketball and has twice been named Canterbury School's Female Athlete of the Year (2014, '16). She plays travel ball with the Gold Coast Hurricanes club, most recently reaching the USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup 18U championship game last summer, and is ranked by FloSoftball as the nation's No. 64 prospect in the 2017 class.
"Taylor is from another highly-competitive travel ball program who played for a national title this summer," said Hutchins. "She's a versatile, athletic and well-rounded player. The sky is the limit for her. She's just a fantastic athlete, who we think can come in and really make a difference in this program."
Schaefer, a native of West Des Moines, Iowa, is the Wolverines' first recruit out of the Hawkeye State. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Schaefer led her Waukee High School squad to a 2015 Iowa state championship, after which she earned all-tournament captain honors. Her pitching and offensive statistics have both improved in each of her prep seasons; she has posted a 37-7 record over her last two seasons with 347 strikeouts and a 1.34 ERA, including a 0.77 mark last season. She also led Waukee offensively in 2016 with a .438 batting average, a .471 on-base percentage and a .746 slugging percentage. Schaefer plays travel ball with the Iowa Premier, contributing to a third-place 16U finish at 2016 PGF Nationals and a 16U ASA Northern national championship in 2014.
"We got onto Sarah a little late in the process," said Hutchins, "and she's just gotten better and better every time we've seen her. She's a tough kid, and we're expecting her to make even more strides when she gets here. Not since Sara Driesenga-Haylie Wagner have we recruited two pitchers in one class. I think she and Meghan complement each other very well; they're a good righty-lefty punch. We're going to count on those two and come in and pitch for us. We're looking forward to it."
Michigan will add at least one more member to its incoming class in the spring.
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