BUFFALO, NY – First-year head softball coach Trena Peel has announced the addition of two players that will be joining the Bulls for the Spring season and another six individuals, who have signed National Letters of Intent to join UB for the 2014-15 season.
Joining the Bulls for the Spring are Hayley Barrow a C/3B from the University of Central Florida and Meaghan McKeown an outfielder from Oneonta. Barrow played two years at UCF and was a Conference USA All-Freshman Team selection in 2012, where she made 34 starts. This past year, Barrow played in 45 games and had 17 hits, a double and a home run.
McKeown, who hails from Burnt Hills, NY, played her freshman season at Oneonta, playing nine games and starting six of them. She picked up her first career hit on April 9 against Rensselaer.
"I'm delighted to add two mid-year transfers with Hayley and Meghan," said Peel. "They will come in and be impact players right away. Hayley will add power to the line-up, as well as depth behind the plate and at third base. Meghan will bring a very positive energy to the dugout and speed on the bases and in the outfield."
The incoming class for next season features six players that range from all around the country, including three players from New York and UB's first ever athlete from the state of Hawaii.
Madison Vaught is a pitcher from Wailuku, Hawaii. Vaught is a second-team Maui Interscholastic League All-Star from a season ago and she became the first player in her high school's history to sign a Division I softball scholarship.
Leandra Jew is an outfielder from Brea, California. Last season at Sonora High School in nearby La Habra, CA, Jew played in 56 games, hitting .287 and driving in 18 runs. She plays her club softball for SoCal Wicked. Jew has been a team captain for three seasons, and has been named Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and twice she has been named first-team all-league.
Taylor Scott joins the Bulls from Bel Air, Maryland and she is a catcher. She plays her high school ball at Bel Air High School and plays her travel ball with the Harford Diamonds. Scott, who is interested in majoring in pre-med and biology, has been the starting varsity catcher since her sophomore year.
Also joining the Bulls for next season are a trio of players from New York. Sarah Edwards is a first baseman from Bay Shore, NY. She plays for Bay Shore High School and has played club softball for both the Long Island Bandits and the Long Island Express.
Nicolette Jacobs will join the Bulls from nearby North Tonawanda, NY. Jacobs, a first baseman for Niagara Wheatfield High School, led her team last season in home runs, triples, runs batted in and walks, while finishing with an on base percentage of .604.
Outfielder Kelsey Johnson comes to UB from Rochester, NY and Our Lady of Mercy High School. Last season she helped lead her team to a Section Five Class A Championship. Johnson hit .407 in 24 games played, driving in 13 runs.
"I'm pleased to announce my first recruiting class for the 2015 season," said Peel. "My assistant coaches, support staff and I worked very hard to show these young ladies everything that The State University of New York at Buffalo has to offer them academically and athletically. All of them believe in our vision and are eager to come to UB and be a part of something that is great! We are very excited about the level of talent that Madison, Leandra, Taylor, Sarah, Nicolette, and Kelsey will bring to the UB softball program. I'm proud to say that half of them came from our own backyard here in New York! "
Peel summed up the class by saying; "This class brings a lot of home grown talent from New York, speed from California, Power from Maryland, and a standout pitcher from Hawaii that will make an immediate impact in the MAC. I'm confident that these six players will contribute to building a winning tradition here at UB."