Nov. 15, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan softball head coach Carol Hutchins announced Thursday (Nov. 15) the signing of Megan Betsa (McDonough, Ga./Union Grove), Kelly Christner (Tinley Park, Ill./Victor J. Andrew) and Abby Ramirez (Chicago, Ill./Trinity) to National Letters of Intent.
"I am really excited about this class," Hutchins said. "I think it is an outstanding class that will really help our program. We had a great recruiting process with each player. They are very athletic. Abby Ramirez comes in as one of our fastest recruits, and she has continued to get better and better throughout her high school career. Kelly Christner is a great athlete who will really add another dimension to our team. Both are Chicagoland kids, and we have always had a lot of success with that area. I just had a chance to watch Megan Betsa pitch in her state tournament and came away very impressed. She has gotten stronger and is a great competitor.
"This is one of our best classes we have signed. I hope they bring us championships because that is what they are coming here for."
Betsa, a 5-foot-8 pitcher, will join Michigan's pitching rotation after winning two state championships at McDonough. She led McDonough to the state championship this fall, marking the first title in school history.A three-time all-state and all-region selection, Betsa set a single-season record with 464 strikeouts as a senior. She finished her career with 1,349 strikeouts and nabbed Pitcher of the Year honors for the state of Georgia as a freshman and a junior.
Christner, a three-time Chicago Sun Times all-area selection, batted .526 as a junior with six home runs, five triples, 43 runs batted in, and 49 runs scored. She is a two-time Illinois Coaches Association all-state first-team honoree and earned all-state second-team honors from the Chicago Tribune in 2012. Christner, a 5-8 outfielder, has earned all-conference accolades and the Victor J. Andrew Scholar-Athlete Award in all three years of high school. She also plays for the New Lenox Lightning Gold.
Ramirez, a 5-4 infielder, batted .555 as a junior, recording 76 hits, 12 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 39 RBI, 62 runs scored and 41 stolen bases. A two-time Chicago Tribune first-team all-state selection, Ramirez was named to the Illinois Coaches Association Class 4A all-state first team and honored as a Max Preps All-American after this past season. She plays for the Beverly Bandits Gold, helping her team to the Boulder Independence Day title in 2011 and top-five PGF Nationals finishes in 2011 (third) and 2012 (fifth).
The Wolverines will lose the senior class of outfielder Jaclyn Crummey (Macomb, Mich./Dakota), second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido), RHP Stephanie Speierman (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and infielder Amy Knapp (St. Joseph, Mich./Lakeshore).
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