November 27, 2007

Butler Lands Talented Softball Recruiting Class

Nov. 27, 2007

Butler softball coach Jeanne Rayman, who regularly hit the long ball as a player for the Bulldogs, 1987-90, nailed a home run with her fall recruiting class. Rayman celebrated the NCAA fall signing period by adding six promising prospects for her 2008-09 team.

Rayman received signed commitments from Erin Falkenberry of Pendleton Heights (Ind.) High School, Lauren McNulty of Downers Grove (Ill.) High School, Kayla Gray of Columbus (Ind.) North High School, Rachel Brummer of Thomas Jefferson Senior High School (Minn.), Alyssa Coleman of Wayzata High School (Minn.) and Paige Ashton of Eagan High School (Minn.). All six players are capable of playing multiple positions, and all six are coming off strong high school performances.

"The players in this recruiting class are extremely talented. We expect them to make an immediate impact on our program," said Rayman, who guided Butler to a school-record 26 wins in 2007. "We'll be losing a very talented senior class in 2008, so it was crucial that we find players who had the ability to contribute in their first year, and at the same time increase the depth on our roster. This group does both."

Falkenberry earned all-state honors as a power-hitting first baseman and catcher. She led her team with nine home runs and 50 runs batted in last spring. McNulty, who plays outfield, first base and third base, earned all-state recognition in Illinois, while batting .443 with 36 RBI's. She also slugged nine home runs last spring. Gray was an all-state performer as a shortstop and second baseman. She batted .443 with an on-base percentage of .510 in 2007.

Brummer, who played shortstop, second base, third base and outfield, earned all-state recognition in Minnesota last spring. Coleman, who has started every game of her high school career, earned all-conference honors as a third baseman and catcher in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She batted .408 as a junior. Ashton, who's played second base and third base, was an all-conference pick last spring, after batting .355.

"These young women not only are outstanding players, but they are the quality students and citizens that we seek at Butler University," added Rayman. "The addition of this group will make it possible for us to continue our quest for a Horizon League championship."

Rayman led Butler to a 26-24 record in 2007, matching the previous school mark for wins set in 1982. The Bulldogs placed fourth in the Horizon League Tournament.