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Softball Team Signs Five New Recruits

First year head coach James Pinkerton signs four players from Oklahoma on the first day of the signing period.
First year head coach James Pinkerton signs four players from Oklahoma on the first day of the signing period.
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The University of Tulsa softball team has signed four players to national letters-of-intent during the early signing period, announced first-year head coach James Pinkerton. Ami Day, Lindsey Dyer, Stephanie Sliepen, Crissy Strimple and Stacey Walkingstick have decided to continue their education at TU.

A 6'2" pitcher/first baseman from Catoosa, Okla., Day batted .352 while recording a 26-6 record in the pitching circle. She recorded a 0.23 ERA with 279 strikeouts and only seven walks, earning her all-state honors this season.

Day was named Metro Lakes Conference Freshman of the Year and was the conference's Player of the Year for the past three seasons. After earning a spot on the Collinsville All-Tournament Team as a junior, she also earned the honor of being named Inside Oklahoma High School Sports "Female Athlete of the Week". She chose TU over Illinois State, Missouri Southern and Evansville.

Dyer is a 5'10" pitcher from Charles Page High School. She earned all-state honors after finishing her senior season with an ERA of 0.42, 29-5 record and 213 strikeouts. She also batted .317 from the plate.

A member of Who's Who Among American High School Students and Athletes, Dyer was an honorable mention all-conference selection as freshman and sophomore before earning all-conference honors the past two seasons. She chose TU over Illinois State, Arkansas, Wichita State and Oklahoma State.

A 5'5" catcher, Sliepen hit .467 this season with an on-base percentage of .520. She also stole 24 bases in 27 attempts and recorded a .953 fielding percentage. While at Francis Howell North High School, she has earned all-conference honors for the past two seasons, in addition to all-district honors last season. She also runs 100m and 4x100 meters for the track team. The St. Charles, Mo. native chose TU over Hofstra and St. Louis.

Strimple is a junior college transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla. The Moore, Okla., native batted .367 for the Golden Norse with 39 RBIs and five stolen bases. The 5'6" middle infielder also hit .359 while at Moore High School, with a .473 on-base percentage for the Lions.

At NEO, Strimple became the first freshman in school history to be named to the first team NJCAA Region II All-Region team as a shortstop. While in high school, she was named to the first team all-conference squad for three consecutive years. In addition to being the MHS defensive player of the year as a sophomore, she was also named to the big All-City squad as an honorable mention selection. She chose Tulsa over Creighton and Arkansas.

Walkingstick, a native of Catoosa, Okla., is a 5'7" middle infielder that can also play in the outfield. She hit .416 from the plate for the Indians this season. A four-time all-conference and all-district selection, she earned all-state first team honors as a senior in addition to being named a Who's Who Among American High School Student and Athletes. She chose TU over Missouri Southern and Oklahoma City University.

"I am extremely pleased with the quality of this class," said Pinkerton. "Considering the late start we got as a coaching staff, I was very impressed with the quality of player that was still available at this time. We wanted to fill the holes we will have next season in speed and pitching. Day and Dyer will help fill pitching hole, while Walkingstick and Sliepen will help with the speed factor. Strimple has matured with junior college experience to add the leadership role."