News Release

Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Wilmington University Softball Team Inks Seven Student-Athletes for 2012 Recruiting Class

Monday, June 18, 2012 - New Castle, DE

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Brook Ash and Rice Fazio

Jordyn Huhnke and Emily Nowell

Samantha Subda, Ashley Witte and Cambria Ziemba

The Wilmington University softball team announced the signing of six outstanding high school seniors and welcome one red-shirt freshman, compiling the 2012 recruiting class assembled by former head coach Erin Harvey.

High school standouts Brook Ash, Rice Fazio, Jordyn Huhnke, Emily Nowell, Samantha Subda, and Ashley Witte will combine with red-shirt freshman Cambria Ziemba to join the returning members of the 2012 squad that won a program record 18 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games and finished in fourth place during the regular season.

“This group, coupled with the 10 returning players, has the potential to be one of the best teams Wilmington University has ever fielded,” Harvey stated. “We finished in fourth place in the CACC last season, and with the talent coming in, along with the experience gained by last year’s group, should propel them to new and greater heights in 2013.”

Ash graduated from Indian River High School and is a four-time All-State and All-Henlopen Conference selection for the Indians. The Frankford, Del. native is an outfielder who can play both the short game and hit for power as a speedy slap hitter. She has played club softball for the Delaware Magic and Delaware Team Starfire organizations while becoming fundamentally sound. Ash will major in Psychology at Wilmington University.

Fazio will join the team after finishing a career at Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J. the All-Olympic Conference selection participated in the South Jersey Softball Coaches Annual All-Star Game this past spring and can play first, third, catcher or outfield. The Medford, N.J. native plays travel ball for the West Jersey Witches Gold organization and can be both a power and contact hitter. She will major in Business Management at Wilmington University.

Huhnke joins the Wildcats after helping lead her Pennsbury High School team finish fourth in the PIAA-AAAA State Tournament this past spring. The Levittown, Pa. native also finished as the state runner-up at Pennsbury as a junior. Huhnke possesses a quick release and solid footwork behind the plate as a catcher. She plays for the Philadelphia Spirit for travel and helped the team to a 2010 USSSA Pennsylvania State Championship. Huhnke will study elementary education at Wilmington University.

Nowell is a two-time All-Catholic Conference award recipient and was named to the Third Team All-State in 2012 while at St. Mark’s High School. The Wilmington, Del. native also won a Delaware State Championship in 2010 with Caravel Academy prior to transferring to St. Mark’s in 2011. Nowell can play both the middle infield and outfield positions and uses the slap and speed mentality to get on base. She’s continued her game by playing for the Delaware Cobras and Delaware Sabres organizations. She will be an Elementary Education major at Wilmington University.

Subda was also a Third Team All-State selection this past spring playing for the Delaware Military Academy. The Wilmington, Del. native also earned multiple Diamond State Conference teams as a middle infielder and outfielder. Subda can track down any ball defensively and is able to hit to all fields with a great contact. She played travel ball for the Midway Orange Crush organization and will be majoring in Criminal Justice at Wilmington University.

Witte is a two-time All-State selection with multiple All-Blue Hen Conference awards while at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School. The Bear, Del. native has the ability to play first, third, outfield and even contribute from inside the circle. A power hitter, Witte honed her skill while playing for the Delaware Cobras and now for the Churchville Lightning. She will be majoring in Elementary Education at Wilmington University.

Ziemba is coming off a red-shirt year, keeping her four-years of eligibility. She was a multiple All-State and All-Catholic League recipient while at St. Mark’s High School. The Wilmington, Del. native can play middle infield and outfield positions as a vital utility player. Another slap hitter, Ziemba has great speed and can used all over the diamond. She played for the Delaware Cobras U18 travel organization and is majoring in Business Management at Wilmington University.

“We are ecstatic to have these players join us and look forward to their arrival in September,” Harvey continued.  “This is a solid recruiting class we have put together, and they should fit in nicely with our returning players, while giving the squad the deepest team we’ve had in quite some time.  Each should challenge for significant playing time, and it should make for some extremely competitive softball next spring.”