King Softball adds Florida player to 2011 signing class

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College head softball coach Jenn Testa signed Florida standout outfielder Stephanie Rodriguez to the 2011 signing class.

Rodriquez comes to King from Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Fla. In her prep career Rodriquez has a .297 batting average with a fielding percentage at .996. She also played for the Winter Springs Panthers travel team. Rodriquez has won the 2010 Southern Star MVP award, and played for the 2010 Southeast Region Champion team. Her blazing speed helped her to the No. 2 ranking in the state when it came to baserunning.

"King was the perfect choice for me because it will allow me to pursue my passion for Softball as well as my love for Christ," Rodriguez said.

She will be joining a program that went to the 2010 NCCAA World Series in May and posted a 22-17 overall record.

"We are so excited to have Stephanie join our program," Testa said. "She will provide some much needed speed to every facet of the game. Her experience against the highest level of competition will be just what we need to take us to that next level, when we begin our play in Conference Carolinas."

King starts the 2011 season on Feb. 16 with a doubleheader at Limestone (S.C.) College.

"I am very excited about King," Rodriguez added. "I'm looking forward to making new friends and having a brand new life experience. I'm so glad I will be able to spend my next four years at King!"

The 2011 season marks the first for the Lady Tornado program to play as a full NCAA Division II member.