Four transfers announced for Hokie softball
Tech coming off best season ever
July 9, 2007

BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech athletics department, along with head softball coach Scot Thomas, announced Monday the acceptance of enrollment of four transfers who will either enroll this summer or fall and will compete for the Hokies starting this year.

Elly Gosby, Misty Hall, Kim Jalm and Amber Walker will be the newest additions to the Hokies' softball roster this fall, joining an already veteran squad for the 2008 season.

Gosby has taken a circuitous route to Blacksburg, making stops at three other schools, playing just two seasons. Gosby is a left-handed pitcher and hitter who could make an immediate impact on the Tech roster. Thomas is hoping she can join two-time All-American Angela Tincher and sophomore Heather Lowry, along with incoming freshman Kenzie Roark, to form a formidable staff.

"The landscape of athletics is always changing and evolving and that is certainly no different with our softball team," Thomas said. "Elly Gosby gives us a mature solid addition to our pitching staff and happens to be a great hitter as well."

The Sydney, Australia, native began her career at Daytona Beach Community College in 2003, playing the 2004 season there. After a year and a half, she went back home to Australia for eight months, sitting out the 2005 season, before returning to the States and transferring to Indian River Community College, where she played one year. She then transferred to the University of South Carolina, but due to SEC transfer rules, she was ruled ineligible and never suited up for the Gamecocks. She transfers in as a redshirt senior with one year of eligibility remaining, but is petitioning for a sixth year.

In Gosby's last season of competition, which came in 2006 at IRCC, she went 14-0 with an ERA of 0.74 - 12th-best in all of Division I JUCO softball. She threw 85 innings, allowing just nine earned runs and nine walks while striking out 95. At the plate, she batted .392 with 62 hits - including four home runs - and 28 RBI in 65 games. She earned first-team all-state and all-region VIII honors that year. Gosby has already enrolled at Tech and is in summer school.

Hall comes to the Hokes from Louisburg College in North Carolina, where she played one season. She made quite an impact in that time, earning first-team all-region and Region X Tournament MVP honors after leading the Lady Hurricanes to a Region X title. Hall played three positions at Louisburg: catcher, shortstop and first base, and could chip in at any of the three at Tech. She batted an astounding .496 last year with 67 hits - including eight home runs - 42 RBI and eight stolen bases

She's a local product who attended Turner Ashby High School in Rockingham County and earned VHSCA Group AA co-player of the Year as a senior. She will enroll at Tech in the fall and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

"Misty Hall is a player that we really wanted out of high school, but she needed some time to mature and get her academics in order and she did this at Louisburg College," Thomas said. "She is very athletic, has a cannon for an arm and can hit for power. "

Jalm also comes to Tech from IRCC, where she played the past two seasons. Jalm is a versatile player who can play first base, in the outfield, or even pitch. The junior from West Palm Beach, Fla., batted .363 as a freshman with 43 RBI and six home runs. Last year, she earned second-team All-Southern Conference after hitting .396 with four home runs and 36 RBI. At Jupiter High School, she earned third-team Class 5A all-state honors, as well as first-team Class 6A-5A-4A by The Palm Beach Post, after hitting.459 with 45 RBI and seven home runs as a senior. She will enroll in the fall and have two years of eligibility remaining.

"Kim Jalm comes to us as an invited walk on," Thomas said. "She contacted us first and as we got to know her better, we felt like she could be a contributor for our program as a hitter, first baseman and possibly pitch a little."

Walker is the sister of Tech junior Beth Walker and comes from Roanoke College in Salem. The Galax native is a catcher who started 25 games for the Maroons last year as a freshman. She batted .309 with four home runs and 22 RBI. As a senior at Galax High, Walker was named first-team all-region, the Mountain Empire District Player of the Year and honorable mention all-state after hitting .636 with a 1.000 slugging percentage, three home runs, 40 RBI and 32 runs scored. She will enroll in the fall and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

"Amber had a solid year at Roanoke College and I am sure that they will miss her," Thomas said. "I used to glance up in the stands at Amber as she watched her sister and our program play and you could just tell that she wanted to be in a Tech uniform. I think she is going to be a great role player and addition to our program."

Thomas also announced that junior catcher Kelsy Rokey has asked for and received a release from her scholarship. The Tucson, Ariz., native played in 44 games last year and batted .245 with five home runs and 15 RBI.

The addition of these four players brings Tech's incoming class up to six newcomers. These four will join Roark, as well as Jess Hodge, on campus this fall. Roark was recently named MVP of the Tennessee-Kentucky all-star softball series after striking out 13 in a no-hitter while Hodge played a prominent role at shortstop for Team Canada at the Junior Women's World Championships in Enschede, Netherlands as Canada advanced to the medal round of the 16-team tournament.

Tech, coming off a 49-16 record and ACC regular season and tournament titles, will be looking for its fourth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and more this year. The Hokies will open fall practice in September with their fall schedule being announced later this summer.