Illinois softball signs four
Nov. 9, 2005
Urbana, Ill. - Illinois Head Coach Terri Sullivan has announced the signing of four players for the Class of 2006. They are Jenn Brock, a 5-10 pitcher from Arvada, Colo., Vicki Brown, a 5-7 pitcher-outfielder from Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Hope Howell, a 5-6 outfielder from Lithonia, Ga.; and Ashley Wright, a 5-9 left-handed pitcher/first baseman from Santa Rosa, Calif.
Head Coach Terri Sullivan on the Class: "Pitching was a priority in this class, and we are thrilled with the signing of Ashley, Jenn, and Vicki. We wanted pitchers that we feel will complement one another and be two-way players. Besides their physical abilities and the movement all three have on the ball, they have great presence on the mound. This will allow them to become leaders on our team and to develop throughout their collegiate careers. In Hope, we have added a very exciting triple-threat player who Illini fans will love to watch over her career! Ashley, Jenn, Hope, and Vicki are serious on the playing field and in the classroom as well; we know they will be top-notch student athletes at the University of Illinois. In addition, the Brocks, Browns, Howells, and Wrights are families who are major softball fans and quality people. We are very excited to have all of them joining our Illinois softball family."
Jenn Brock 5-10 Pitcher/First Base Arvada, Colo. (Pomona High School)
Coach Sullivan on Brock: "We're excited about the athleticism of Jenn Brock as a pitcher and as a hitter. Jenn is coming off of an outstanding high school senior season, but we believe her best innings yet are going to be in an Illinois softball uniform. Jenn consistently keeps hitters off balance and her winning attitude is contagious!"
Vicki Brown 5-7 Pitcher/Outfield Thousand Oaks, Calif. (La Reina High School)
Coach Sullivan on Brown: "We learned of Vicki from Don Sarno, one of the most respected pitching coaches and softball minds in the world. Vicki moves the ball well and has pinpoint accuracy. We expect her to make immediate contributions on our pitching staff."
Coach Sullivan on Howell: "Hope is an exciting offensive player who presents a triple threat from the left-hand side. She was the leading hitter on an extremely talented travel team, Coach Jody Bailey's Georgia Titans, loaded with collegiate players. I believe that Hope is also a player that clearly is developing in every game she plays, and she is going to excel and thrive on the competitiveness of softball in the Big Ten. Hope is very serious about winning, and away from the field she is sure going to make a lot of people laugh."
Ashley Wright 5-9 Pitcher/First Base Santa Rosa, Calif. (Ursuline Catholic)
Coach Sullivan on Wright: "Ashley was the first player to commit to us in this class, and our coaching staff was ecstatic. We have seen Ashley pitch for some time, and she is a competitor! Ashley is a left-hander who has a great repertoire of pitches and is very strong. She is a powerful hitter, and while we believe she is going to make huge contributions to our team on the mound, she also the opportunity to do good things for us at the plate."