Miners Ink Three for 2011

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez

Dec. 1, 2009

EL PASO, Texas - Kayla Black, Megan Atchison and Laura Ramos - all pitchers - have signed national letters of intent to play softball for UTEP announced co-head coach James Rodriguez on Tuesday.

"It is always good to have quality pitchers on the team, but to get them all to sign early is great," said Rodriguez. "They are great students, athletic and they will be a force in the circle."

Black, a local standout from Clint High School, was a three-time El Paso Times all-city selection as a pitcher and outfielder. She posted a 42-12 record as a pitcher while recording a .714 batting average. She was the All-District 4-3A MVP as a freshman and junior, and named the defensive MVP her sophomore year.

Black was selected as a member of the Triple Crown USA softball team and the Club USA National Softball Team where she played with athletes from around the country. She plays club for the Texas Sluggers where she was selected as an All-American USA and named the Texas State Tournament MVP.

Black is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of student council, senior class president and a member of the Future Farmers of America.

Atchison is a four-year letterwinner out of Manvel High School in Houston, Texas. The senior hurler played for the Magic Gold, Texas Eclipse Gold and the Texas Storm Gold Demarini club teams. She is ranked in the top-10 percent of her class, a Honor Society member and is a Texas Scholar honoree.

Ramos, a native of Coppell, Texas, was named the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year and the Co-Utility Player of the Year in 2008 (second team all-area) and the 2007 Freshman of the Year by the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. She is a two-time all district 6-5A honoree while ranking eighth in the Dallas area for pitching with 10 wins, one loss and one save. She posted a .88 ERA, striking out 115 batters in 88 innings pitched. She is a three-time Coppell High School MVP.

"It is exciting to have three players from Texas," Rodriguez said. "They are very excited to represent UTEP and call themselves Miners."



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