COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Three high school seniors signed national letters of intent to play softball at Texas A&M, head coach Jo Evans announced Wednesday.
Cali Lanphear (Montgomery, Texas), Breanna Dozier (Rowlett, Texas) and Alex Masek (Giddings, Texas) will join the Aggies for the 2012-13 season.
“I am very pleased with this recruiting class,” Evans said. “Each of these players is very athletic and has the ability to make an impact on our team as freshmen. They will be challenging our upperclassmen for starting spots in our lineup and they bring a tremendous amount of talent to our ball club. They are very excited to be Aggies and I am looking forward to watching them grow and develop in our program. I expect all three of them to have great careers at A&M.”
Lanphear is a 2011 TGCA All-State catcher who has led her Montgomery High School team to three state championships. Last year Lanphear was selected to the District 17-4A first team for the second-consecutive season and was named Academic All-District for the third year in-a-row. As a sophomore she was titled All-County. Lanphear began her high school career with a District 18-4A Newcomer of the Year award and was selected to the ESPN RISE Top 100 as a freshman, while also earning a spot on the Colorado Independence Day Tournament All-Star Team. Lanphear is a well-rounded student, actively participating in the Student Council, the Leos Club, Montgomery Cotillion and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Club. She is also a class representative to the National Honor Society. She plays club softball for the Texas Eclipse.
“Cali is a versatile athlete and is a catcher on her high school team and an outfielder on her club team,” Evans said. “She was highly recruited by several top programs in the country and we are excited she has decided to be an Aggie. She has great speed and quickness and is a triple threat at the plate. She can slap, bunt, hit for power, and is a base-stealing threat. She has the potential to be a difference maker in our program.”
Dozier has posted big offensive numbers for Rowlett High School in the past two years and plays club ball for the Texas Glory-Shelton. She led the team to a Bi-District Championship last season and was named the District Co-Offensive Player of the Year and the Team Offensive Player of the Year. As a junior, Dozier was among the top competitors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in several statistical categories, including batting average, doubles, triples, home runs and RBI, and was named First Team All-DFW. In her sophomore season, Dozier and the Rowlett High School softball team were 5A Region II Finalists and were ranked as high as No. 2 in the 5A TGCA State Poll and No. 3 in the Dallas Morning News Area Rankings. This year Dozier was elected a Senior Leader by her peers.
“Breanna is an explosive athlete,” Evans said. “She could play either corner on defense. She has tremendous offensive power and is a threat to hit the long ball in every at bat. She has deceptive speed and quickness and is a powerful athlete. She has great presence at the plate and has the ability to put up big offensive numbers. She is a dynamic player.”
Masek is an infielder and a lefty slapper at Giddings High School. She has earned four letters in softball and is a two-time First Team All-District selection and has been named the District Offensive MVP. Masek’s GHS teammates have also named her the Team MVP and Offensive MVP. The high school senior has been a member of the Texas Blaze Gold for three years, placing 13th at Gold Nationals in 2010 and boasting the fifth-best batting average at the 2011 Gold Nationals Tournament. An all-around athlete, Masek is a three-time letterman in basketball and a four-time letterman in track. She helped the GHS basketball team to the state finals in 2009 and earned All-District honors and was a district champion and regional qualifier in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles as a freshman. Masek is also a scholar, ranked No. 1 in her graduating class academically and participating in the National Honors Club.
“Alex is a powerful athlete,” Evans said. “She has great versatility and athleticism. She can play middle infield and outfield and has exceptional range. She is a lefty slapper with very good speed and quickness. She is a base stealing threat, and extremely competitive. She is also a tremendous student and very competitive in the classroom. Alex will be a great addition to our program.”
Evans is in her 16th season as head coach of Texas A&M softball. The Aggies return 14 letterwinners from the NCAA Super Regional 2011 squad and welcome six newcomers.
The regular season opens Feb. 10 as A&M faces Stanford at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. For a complete schedule visit AggieAthletics.com.