TAMPA - Already with a crop of talented young players on the roster, the University of South Florida softball team has announced the signing of another young talent to the 2011 recruting class.
Head Coach Ken Eriksen announced Tuesday that the Bulls have signed Kaitlyn Santo a catcher from Indian River State College in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
“Well, I think she is going to give us depth in the catching area,” Eriksen said. “She is a leader on the field and is a very, very good catcher. She knows a lot of the other girls on the team and has played against a lot of the top level competition that we are facing. So, it is a very comfortable fit for both Santo and the University of South Florida. We are looking forward to her stepping in and helping out immediately.”
Santo, a former Palm Harbour standout, has led Indian River State College to a No. 4 ranking nationally in 2011. She is a catcher who will join the Bulls as a sophomore in the fall.
“I feel like she has great character as a person and leadership as a role player behind the plate,” Eriksen said. “I like the way that she handles the pitching staff that she worked with at Indian River. I feel like she was the heart and soul of that program. To see that type of thing, and being able to translate it into high-level Division I, I think she will be able to make that transition very quickly.”
The catcher has appeared in 23 games this season and is batting .264 with four doubles, 10 RBI and seven runs scored.
Santo joins a crop of three other players who signed in the early signing period.