Nov. 27, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina softball program has signed three players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Kelley Green announced on Tuesday.
The three members of the Chanticleers' 2013 signing class are catcher/infielder Amanda Daneker, catcher/infielder Kylie Mulholland and pitcher Carolyn Szymanski.
"These three student-athletes make up a solid signing class for us," Green said. "Their athleticism and versatility on the field will help our program continue to make strides each year."
Daneker is a two-time first-team all-state catcher for Loyalsock Township High School in Williamsport, Pa. In her first three seasons, she has totaled 105 hits, including 31 doubles, and 75 RBIs. As a junior, she batted .603 with 41 hits, including nine doubles, seven triples and four home runs, and collected 34 RBIs. Daneker has been named an ESPN Radio All-Star and the Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference first-team catcher each of the last three years. She earned honorable mention all-state honors as a freshman and was Loyalsock Township's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012 and the team MVP in 2011.
"Amanda has the ability to change the outcome of a game with a single swing of the bat," said Green. "Her power, along with her defensive skills at the hot corner and behind the plate will help her make an impact right away as a Chant."
Mulholland is a two-time All-South Jersey catcher for Washington Township High School in Sewell, N.J. Over her first three seasons, she has recorded 120 hits, including 28 doubles and 71 RBIs. Last season as a junior, Mulholland hit .454 with 49 hits, 14 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 35 RBIs to earn All-Courier Post first team honors. The 14 doubles led the South Jersey area. She is a two-time all-conference first-team selection and was named all-conference second team and a South Jersey all-star as a freshman.
"Kylie is an exceptional athlete who can play any position on the field at an elite level," Green said. "She plays with passion and energy, which fit in perfectly to what we are trying to build here at Coastal."
Szymanski, from Middletown, Del., is a three-time first-team all-state pitcher for Caravel Academy. In her first three seasons, she has started all 66 of Caravel's games, notching a 58-8 record to lead the squad to two state championships and three state final appearances. She has recorded six perfect games, four no-hitters and 31 shutouts, and racked up 555 strikeouts while walking only 37. As a freshman, she struck out 211 batters and posted a 0.13 ERA over 108 innings. Szymanski has also done damage at the plate, totaling 78 career hits, including 21 doubles, and 52 RBIs.
"You won't meet an athlete who works harder at her craft than Carolyn," said Green. "Her experience pitching in big games against some of the best hitters in the country will prove to be very valuable in the circle for us."
The defending Big South Tournament champion Chants open the 2013 season on Feb. 8 with games against Missouri State and Kennesaw State at the Georgia Tech Tournament.