June 20, 2013
Three more to join Hokie softball program
Group joins four signees from the fall

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech head softball coach Scot Thomas announced Thursday the addition of three additional players who will enroll at Virginia Tech in August and join the softball squad. Alyssa Clark, Toni Erwin and Liz Henry will begin their careers in the maroon and orange this season on the diamond.

“We’re really excited about what these three freshmen will bring to our program,” Thomas said. “Recruited walk-on athletes have always been a part of our program’s success and this group of women is no different. Each one of these players will compete for playing time or serve in a vital capacity within the landscape of our team.”

These three join the four fall signees - Elizabeth Birle, Vanessa Gonzalez, Cailey Isaacs and Aysha Richardson - who will also enroll this August.

Below are the bios on the three new additions in alphabetical order.

Alyssa Clark
Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland H.S.

High School: Lettered four times for Coach Patti White at Pine-Richland High School … A four-year starter … Hit .480 as a junior with a slugging percentage of .889 … Hit .438 as a senior with a slugging percentage of .792 … Made the WPIAL hitting leader board my senior year … Played travel ball for the Pittsburgh Power Gold coached by R.J. Matetic.

Personal: Alyssa Clark was born March 13, 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA … The daughter of William and Laura Clark … Has an older sister who is a senior at Penn State and an older brother who plays baseball at Cincinnati … Majoring in general biology with aspiration of going to vet school.

Toni Erwin
Austin, Texas/Westwood H.S.

High School: Played for Coach Tiffany Gates at Westwood High School in Texas … Batted .571 as a senior with four home runs, 14 RBIs, 15 doubles, five triples and 28 stolen bases … Was named to the all-state academic team for the Texas (5A) level … An all-district academic team selection … Named Co-Offensive Player of the Year for District 16-5A Texas … Was selected to the Central Texas All-Star Game (North Team) … A Central Texas third team selection … Named TGCA Academic All-State … Did not play as a junior due to not having established residency after moving … As a sophomore, missed the softball season at Skyline High School in Idaho due to injury … Lettered in track and volleyball … Won the High Country Conference All-Academic Award for track … Played travel ball for the Idaho Quest, batting .447 with three home runs, 40 runs, 28 RBIs and eight stolen bases … As a freshman at Skyline High, batted .424 with four home runs, 19 doubles, seven triples, 42 RBIs and 19 stolen bases … Was named all-area shortstop … Earned the High Country Conference All-Academic Award … A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Idaho Leadership Scholarship … Participated in the Buddy Softball Coach Special Needs Kids … Participated in an internship with Opel Motors in Russelshiem, Germany … Played travel ball in Texas for the Austin Storm, coached by Garrett Valis and Phil Koehler.

Personal: Antonia Lynn Erwin was born September 20, 1994 in White Rock, NM … The daughter of Mary and Doyle Erwin … Has three siblings: Brock, Nick and Luke …Majoring in engineering.

Liz Henry
Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown H.S.

High School: Lettered four times for Coach Jerome Varacallo at Jamestown High … Started playing softball her freshman year … Batted .322 as a senior, playing shortstop … Earned honorable mention all-district honors … As a junior, set the school’s single-season record for batting average (.400), the single-season record for hits (28), triples (4) and stolen bases (25) … Earned second-team all-district honors … Missed playing time her junior and senior seasons due to five different injuries … As a sophomore, batted .400 and set the school’s single-season record for on base percentage (.512) … Was named first-team all-district, first-team all-region and the Player of the Year … As a freshman, in her first year of playing softball, played left field and third base … Played in 14 games and batted .342 … Was second-team all-district … Threw the shot put, earning all-district and all-region honors … A member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society … Played travel ball for Coach Tom Bunn and the Starz Gold.

Personal: Elizabeth Olga Henry was born March 28, 1994 in Tsurupinsk, Ukraine … The daughter of Jean and James Henry … Has two sisters, Taylor (who also attends Virginia Tech) and a younger sister, Kate … Was born in the Ukraine and spent much of her childhood in an orphanage … Was adopted in 2007 after traveling to America in 2005 … Still speaks Russian … Runs a charitable project every year in support of Operation Christmas Child … Intended major is biological sciences.

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