Morgan Eisenga will play softball for the Pirates starting in the fall of 2012.
May 15, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina added a second member of its 2013 signing class Tuesday as pitcher Morgan Eisenga signed a national letter-of-intent to attend ECU and play softball with the Pirates beginning in the fall of 2012.
"We are very excited to be adding Morgan and her family into our Pirate family," head coach Tracey Kee said. "I feel her energy and desire to win will be a great addition to our squad."
Eisenga, a native of Escalon, Calif., played one season for Escalon High School before concentrating on her summer softball programs. As a freshman for Escalon, Eisenga played mainly left field for head coach Dianne Teixeira and was named to the All-Trans-Valley League (TVL) squad after hitting .478. She helped the Cougars to a 27-4 overall record, the TVL Championship, the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title and a No. 2 ranking at the state's Division V level. In the circle that year, she compiled a 3-1 record with a trio of no hitters and a 0.12 earned run average. She posted 24 strikeouts in her 28 innings pitched.
Following her freshman campaign, she left the Escalon squad and turned her attention to the California Grapettes and Concord Sorcerers travel clubs. During the summer of 2009, she was selected the All-Tournament Pitcher at the Canada Cup Nationals.
Rounding out her Escalon athletic experience, Eisenga earned varsity letters as a freshman and sophomore for the volleyball (outside hitter) and track and field (100 and 200-meter races, 4X100-meter relay) programs.
"When I visited East Carolina, I felt at home right away," Eisenga said. "The marketing, communications and broadcasting programs I'm interested in pursuing as a major here are second to none. The coaches believed in me and my abilities right away and they showed interest in helping me develop as a person and player.
Morgan Eisenga throws a pitch for the Concord Sorcerers.
"The community fully supports the university and that's part of the full college experience I wanted. I look forward to the challenge of training, working hard and being able to contribute to the softball program and university as a whole. Signing is really the fulfillment of a life-long dream."
For her work in the classroom, Eisenga has received the Escalon Student Athlete Academic Award for softball, volleyball and track and field. She has also participated in the annual Escalon Academic Decathlon. In addition, Eisenga has taken an active role in community projects as part of mission outreach programs through her church and serving as a leader for the Soroptimist Softball Camp.
"Morgan is a diligent worker who feeds off a competitive environment," Kee added. "I'm really excited to see her don the purple and gold."