Thursday, November 19, 2009
Lauren Liseth Signs With Fairfield
She’s the reigning Evergreen 2A Conference Offensive MVP, a Seattle Sidewinder in the summer and, as of next fall, Centralia’s Lauren Liseth will be a Stag.
On Monday, Liseth signed her letter of intent to play softball at Fairfield University, a Division I private school in Connecticut — appropriately nicknamed after the mammal.
Fairfield was on Liseth’s short list of college programs, and the Hub City shortstop and slugger was originally noticed by Stag coach Julie Brzezinski through summer ball with the Sidewinders.
“She liked what she saw, I guess,” Liseth said. “She e-mailed me and we started talking and she expressed interest in me. I took an official visit back there, and they made me a good offer.”
Tigers’ coach Ken Olson knows what Brzezinski saw: composure.
“They’re looking for that composure,” he said. “She does that so well that you can’t read any negativity.
“She’s a rock-solid centerpoint of our team,” Olson added. “It’s a great feat for an athlete to be able to control themselves and keep themselves under control all the time. She does that very well.”
Olson said Fairfield’s 5,100 enrollment, and the chance to play right away, played into Liseth’s decision.
“She chose the college because she liked the smaller setting,” Olson said, “and she really liked the idea that she could play her first season.”
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I believe this is the third Washington Sidewinder Fairfield will have on their team including Sarah Minice.