GW Softball Inks Six to National Letters of Intent
Jan. 8, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington softball head coach Stacey Schramm has announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2014 season. Catcher/first baseman Jillian Galich, third baseman/pitcher Paige Kovalsky, middle infielder Megan Linn, outfielder Monica Macchiarulo, outfielder Marissa Mangini and catcher/outfielder Madison Myers-Cook all committed to GW during the early signing period.
"We're so thrilled to have these six student-athletes join the Colonials Softball family," said Coach Schramm. "They are great young women from great families and will be terrific student-athletes at GW. The 2014 class will bring a lot of athleticism and talent to our lineup on both sides of the ball. We expect this group to have a tremendous, immediate and long-term impact on our program."
A 5-foot-8 catcher/first baseman from Tinley Park, Ill., Jillian Galich batted .562 with 59 hits, 15 doubles, seven home runs and 50 RBIs as a junior at Lincolnway North High School last spring, earning NFCA First-Team All-America and MaxPreps Junior All-America honors, as well as First-Team All-State from the Illinois Coaches Association and the Chicago Tribune. She was also tabbed to a number of All-Chicago Area teams and was selected to play on the Chicago Sun-Times Underclass All-Star Team. Galich posted a .592 on-base percentage and .874 slugging percentage and struck out just six times in 105 at-bats.
"Jill is an incredibly well-rounded hitter," said Coach Schramm. "She is big and strong and brings elite power skills, but she also has great plate discipline, allowing her to get on base and hit for average. Defensively, she can play multiple positions and offers us a lot of flexibility."
Paige Kovalsky is a 6-foot third baseman/pitcher from Olympia High School and Windermere, Fla. She earned All-Metro and All-Conference recognition as a pitcher in 2012 when she posted a 10-3 record and a 1.21 ERA and led the county with 147 strikeouts in 99 innings. At the plate, Kovalsky batted .382 with 17 runs scored and 20 RBIs while reaching base at a 44 percent clip. In addition, she was named the Most Valuable Pitcher of the 2012 USSSA/ESPNHS 18U "A" World Series Tournament after leading her Florida Select 18 Gold club team to the title.
"Paige is a great athlete," said Coach Schramm. "She has incredibly quick hands and her ability to get the bat head through the strike zone allows her to really drive the ball. She is a plus-defender at third base with a strong arm and also shows a lot of ability and potential in the circle."
Megan Linn is a 5-foot-7 middle infielder from Corona High School in Corona, Calif., who batted .450 and slugged .770 with five doubles, nine home runs, 24 RBIs and a .555 on-base percentage as a junior in 2012. She was named First-Team All-Big VIII and First-Team Division I CIF-South and was an All-State nominee. Also a Second-Team All-Big VIII selection in 2011, Linn is a three-time All-Academic First Team honoree.
"Megan is such a polished and well-rounded young athlete," said Coach Schramm. "She can do it all and her skill set is so advanced. Defensively, she has incredibly soft hands and is smooth in the middle infield. She gets on base at an extremely high rate and hits for a high average with great extra-base ability."
Monica Macchiarulo is a 5-foot-8 outfielder from Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., who was named Third-Team All-State and Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 2010 when she hit .454 and slugged .818. The following season, she was named one of the top 25 players in Connecticut by the New Haven Register after topping her rookie output with a .485 average, .680 on-base percentage and .780 slugging percentage.
"Monica has great speed and a combination of strength and athletic ability that allows her to play all three outfield positions," said Coach Schramm. "She has a really strong arm and is developing into a true triple threat from the left side of the plate."
Marissa Mangini is a two-time All-State outfielder from American Heritage High School. A native of Wellington, Fla., the 5-foot-7 Mangini batted .361 and slugged .485 with nine extra-base hits, 21 RBIs and 18 stolen bases for the Florida 3A state champion Patriots in 2012. The previous season, she was named Florida's 2A Defensive Player of the Year while earning her team's Best Offensive Player award after hitting .467 with eight doubles, five triples, three home runs, 23 RBIs and 24 steals as the Patriots won the 2A state title.
"Marissa is a dynamic player on both sides of the ball," said Coach Schramm. "She is an elite defender in center field with the ability to dramatically impact a game from that position. Offensively, she can really run and is a triple-threat left-handed hitter who can handle the bat and drive the ball with power."
Finally, Madison Myers-Cook is a 5-foot-2 catcher/outfielder from Ladera Ranch, Calif., who is a two-time All-Trinity League Second Team selection at JSerra Catholic High School. She batted .328 with a .463 on-base percentage and 16 RBIs last season.
"Madison is a great fit for GW because she can do so many things on the softball field," said Coach Schramm. "She can catch and play both corner outfield positions at a high level. She is aggressive, hard-working and a real leader on and off the field. Madison is very disciplined at the plate and reaches base at a high rate with an ability to drive the ball gap-to-gap."
The Colonials open the 2013 season Feb. 8-9 at the Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.