Nov. 28, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Four high school players and a junior college transfer have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their softball careers at Cal State Fullerton beginning with the 2009 season Head Coach Michelle Gromacki announced on Wednesday.
All five will be eligible to compete for the Titans beginning in 2009.
"We haven't had this talented of a group in a single year in a while," Gromacki said. "These future Titans have experienced a lot of success thus far and I am confident that they will all be able to positively impact our program immediately."
Francesca Gonzales, a 5-6 infielder from El Monte and nearby Mt. San Antonio College, Nicole Johnson, a 5-7 infielder from Canyon Country, Patrina Harrison, a 5-7 infielder from Oceanside, Katey Laban, a 5-2 right-handed pitcher from Fullerton, and Morgan LeMond, a 5-6 catcher from Moreno Valley, all submitted letters during the NCAA's early signing period.
Gonzales will be entering her sophomore season with the Mounties after a stellar freshman season. She was named an NFCA JC All-American in 2007 after hitting .509 in 53 games to go with 21 extra base hits, 15 home runs and 62 RBI.
Gonzales, the Southern California Player of the Year and an All-South Coast Conference and All-State selection, set single-season school records in at-bats, hits, home runs, and RBI while helping Mt. SAC to their third California State Community College title in the past five seasons.
She prepped at Arroyo HS in El Monte, Calif., earning first-team all-league honors all four seasons and was a three-time Mission Valley League Player of the Year. She helped the Knights to four league titles in her prep career.
Johnson hit .414 as a junior last season for Canyon HS in Canyon Country, Calif., with 16 runs, two home runs and 10 RBI. She also pitched for the Cowboys, posting an 8-12 record with 96 strikeouts in 122 innings.
Johnson is a three-time second-team All-Foothill League honoree and was twice named all-valley - including first-team honors in 2006.
She plays travel ball for the So Cal Choppers, helping the club to a third-place finish at the 18-under gold nationals. Johnson also finished in the top five at the ASA state tournaments in 2004 (2nd) and 2006 (5th) and ninth at the ASA Nationals in 2005.
Harrison is a three-time All-CIF selection and a three-time All-Avocado League honoree from Oceanside HS, who earned Avocado League Player of the Year honors in 2007 after hitting a league-best .542 with 11 home runs, nine doubles, five triples and 34 RBI. She was a CalHi Sports All-State Second-Team and All-State Underclass First-Team selection as a junior.
She plays travel ball for The Next Level (TNL), earning 18-under Gold first-team all-tournament honors at the ASA Nationals in 2006, hitting .530 with three extra-base hits, and five RBI.
A three-year varsity starter at nearby Fullerton Union HS, Laban was an All-CIF and All-Freeway League honoree as a sophomore in 2006, posting a 13-4 record and 0.48 ERA in the circle while helping the Indians to a berth in the CIF finals.
In 2007, Laban repeated her appearance on the All-Freeway League and All-CIF squads, helping the Indians to their first league title in 10 years. She finished with a 19-5 overall record and a 0.41 ERA as a junior.
She currently plays travel ball for the So Cal Athletics, but helped her USA Athletics team to a 14-under National Championship under head coach Mark Campbell and the OC Batbusters to a 16-under national title for head coach Doug Myers.
LeMond is a three-time all-league first-team and two-time All-CIF First-Team selection for Canyon Springs HS in Moreno Valley, Calif., helping the Cougars to a 26-6 overall record and an Inland Valley League title in 2007.
The three-time school Offensive Player of the Year, hit .389 with nine home runs and 34 RBI as a sophomore en route to Ivy League Co-MVP honors.
LeMond plays travel ball for Cal Lite and former Titan great Pam Newton.
2007 CAL STATE FULLERTON SOFTBALL EARLY SIGNEES
Name (POS, HT, Hometown/Last School, Travel Team)
Francesca Gonzales (IF, 5-6, El Monte, CA/Mt. San Antonio College)
Nicole Johnson (IF, 5-7, Canyon Country, CA/Canyon HS, So Cal Choppers)
Patrina Harrison (IF, 5-7, Oceanside, CA/Oceanside HS, The Next Level)
Katey Laban (RHP, 5-2, Fullerton, CA/Fullerton Union HS, So Cal Athletics)
Morgan LeMond (C, 5-6, Moreno Valley, CA/Canyon Springs HS, Cal Lite)