Auburn Softball Announces Impressive Signing Class



Auburn Softball Announces Impressive Signing Class

November 17, 2004


 Tina Deese

AUBURN * Ashley Arcuri, Tatiana Fernandez, Myesha Finney and Casey Rodriguez have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Auburn softball team for the 2006 season, head coach Tina Deese announced Wednesday.

"The coaching staff is very excited about this class," Deese said. "Each of these student-athletes brings the highest level of experience and competition with them to the Plains. We look for this talented freshman class to do great things on the field, in the classroom and the community."

Arcuri, a Tampa, Fla., native, brings a .420 batting average last season to an already potent Tiger lineup. The middle infielder was honored as a First-Team All-Hillsborough County infielder and Second-Team 5A All-State infielder in 2004. In 2003, Arcuri led Chamberlain High School to the 5A state championship.

"Ashley will bring several tools to Auburn," Deese said. "She brings speed and aggressiveness as well as extra-base potential. We are excited about Ashley's future defensive contributions. She has a very strong arm and great range that should help the defense up the middle. Ashley is a very intelligent player and person."

Fernandez, who plays catcher and third base, will come to the Auburn program from Miami. She batted .589 in 2004, earning Florida All-State Second Team honors. Fernandez was also named to the 2004 Dade First Team All County and helped lead Dade Christian High School to the district championship and a spot as a state regional finalist.

Fernandez also excels in track and field, earning Dade Christian's Most Valuable Player award in 2003.

"We are very excited about Tatiana and what she will bring to the Tigers both offensively and defensively," Deese said. "She is a left-handed power hitter who will add extra bases to our offense. She is a solid defensive player. As a catcher, her size, hustle and quick release are going to contribute in big ways behind the plate."  

Finney, a Snellville, Ga., native, will come to the Tigers and provide solid defensive and offensive play. The outfielder was named to the All-State First Team in 2001 and 2003 * she played in fall her freshman season -- and earned All County First Team honors from 2001-04.

"Myesha is an exciting player," Deese said. "With her speed and strong arm, she will come in and make an impact on defense. She is quick and explosive at the plate and should bring both power and speed to the offense."

Rodriguez comes to the Tigers from Columbia, S.C. Deese expects her to make a mark defensively on the corner infield positions. She was named to both the South Carolina All-State team and All-Region teams in 2004. Rodriguez also earned All-Region honors in 2002 and 2003 and All-State mention in 2003.

Rodriguez has also excelled in basketball and volleyball, earning team Defensive Player of the Year honors in both sports.

"Casey is a pure athlete," Deese said. "She is a big, powerful athlete with speed, which is a great softball combination. Casey has great hands at the plate and on the dirt. We look to Casey to fill up a corner infield spot immediately."