UL softball coach Gerry Glasco has always been both very aggressive and very successful in attracting talented players to his program.
His most recent wave of additions to the Ragin’ Cajuns’ roster is another example of that.
Of the six players signed to the November signing day class, four of them were ranked in the top 100 of Extra Inning’s Elite 100 list, including three in the top 50.
The other common thread, which has always been a big part of UL softball, is a heavy concentration on Texas standouts with five of the six coming from the Lone Star State.
“This class is very talented, athletically,” Glasco said. “More importantly to me, is the fact that they are equally talented in the classroom and bring to our program tremendous academic achievements and future expectations.
“They are a great fit for combining with our already on-campus 2021 signing class and current roster. The class has great pitching potential along with four athletes who can play outfield and catch, have elite speed, and possess power. It is a very talented group.”
The class includes outfielder Mihyia Davis of Lovelady, infielder Kylei Griffin from Tyler, left-handed pitcher Chloe Riassetto from Friendswood, infielder Cecilia Vasquez from New Waverly, infielder Lauren Allred from Texarkana and right-handed pitcher Kyleigh Pitzer of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Davis relies heavily on her speed, hitting .561 last spring. Glasco began recruiting her in the eighth grade, and she never swayed despite numerous offers.
“She could have gone anywhere, yet chose Louisiana,” Glasco said. “We are beyond excited to see her in the Ragin’ Cajuns uniform.”
Griffin, also a top 15 prospect nationally, is a shortstop who hit .567 with five homers last spring. She hit .432 with 13 homers with the Impact Gold over the summer.
“An extremely competitive personality and a huge desire to win are two of the things I most appreciate about her,” Glasco said.
Riassetto was 8-2 in the spring as a junior with a 1.46 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 67.1 innings.
She was a member of former UL star third baseman Nathan Nelson’s U16 travel team that won the national championship without losing a game all summer.
“You have an extremely talented left-handed pitcher who has been well-coached and understands how to win on the softball diamond,” Glasco said. “That’s a great combination, and our staff is excited to have such a talented arm being.”
Vasquez played shortstop and catcher for New Waverly High. She’s only struck out twice in three seasons of high school softball.
Also playing on the Houston Hotshots premier team, Nelson called her the “Ozzie Smith of softball shortstops in her class.”
Allred is a third baseman by trade but played catcher a year ago. Twice named a district MVP, Allred burst onto the scene by hitting .622 with seven homers and 43 RBIs as a freshman.
"Lauren is an infielder who can catch, sports a huge arm and has a powerful left-handed bat — the characteristics that make her stand out on the softball field,” Glasco said. “She is also an outstanding student academically, and will make a huge impact on our program from an academic standpoint as well.”
Pitzer also brings over 500 career strikeouts into her senior season.
“She is from the same Tennessee travel ball program that Sophie Piskos came from, so we have enormous expectations for her over the next four or five seasons,” Glasco said.