OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University softball coach Clarisa Crowell announced the signing of Kelsey Fredericks (North Tustin, Calif./Foothill) to a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday. Fredericks will begin play for the RedHawks in the 2014 season.

Fredericks is a four-year pitcher for Foothill High School. She has also played with elite club programs in Southern California such as the Firecrackers and Victory USA. During her time with Victory USA, she helped lead the team to the U14 Championship at the ASA Nationals, throwing a shutout in the championship game. She currently plays with the Orange County Lionettes.

Foothill plays in the Century League, a conference with a strong reputation in Southern California softball. So far this season, Fredericks has led the Knights with 75 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched. She is coming off a junior season in which she led Foothill to the California Interscholastic Federation quarterfinals, and was named First-Team All-Century League.

"I am very pleased that Kelsey will be joining our RedHawk family next year,” said Crowell. “Our philosophy is to recruit student athletes with high integrity who can excel in the classroom and on the field. Kelsey is the epitome of the Miami athlete, and she will be a great fit for the university and our softball program. She is from Southern California which is one of the best recruiting areas in the country. She is extremely talented, and has the experience of playing at a high level. I expect her to have an immediate impact for us next year." 

Fredericks’ high school head coach, Joe Barrigan, says Miami will benefit quickly from her presence.  

“You are getting a great kid and great family with Kelsey,” said Barrigan. “She is very coachable and can work with any system a team implements. Nobody will out work her.”

While Fredericks will not be arriving until the 2014 season, the 2013 RedHawks resume play on Friday when they travel to Eastern Michigan for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.