OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University softball coach Clarisa Crowell announced the signing of Rylee Whispel (Puyallup, Wash./Rogers) to a National Letter of Intent on Monday. Whispel will begin play for the RedHawks during the 2015 season.

Whispel is a four-year letterwinner as a catcher for Rogers High School in Puyallup, Wash. So far during her senior season, she is hitting an impressive .702 with four home runs and 45 RBI. She has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She has been named All-League each of the past three seasons and was an All-Area catcher after her sophomore and junior years. Whispel plays her club softball for the Washington Ladyhawks, and helped the team to a 12th-place finish at the 2013 PGF Nationals.

"I am happy to announce the signing of Rylee Whispel,” said Crowell. “She will be our second player from Puyallup as Kylie McChesney is also from the same town. Rylee benefits from playing on the Washington LadyHawks, which is one of the top teams in the country. She is a strong defensive catcher and we expect her to help fill the void of losing senior catcher Kayla Ledbetter. Rylee has played at a high level for several years, and we believe she will be a great addition to our program." 

Miami returns to action on Tuesday when it takes on Morehead State in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.