Softball announces three signees

The University of Alabama softball program is focusing on the 2002 season, but they are also preparing themselves for the years beyond as they announced the signing of three players for the 2003 season.

Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy feels that when all three arrive next fall, the Crimson Tide's power game will be back in business.

Stephanie VanBrakle, from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is a power pitcher who showed her ability against the 2000 United States Olympic Team. VanBrakle pitched three innings allowing no earned runs and struck out four batters. She is currently a two-time member of the Pennsylvania High School Softball All-State Supreme Team.

"Stephanie is the best player on the East coast," said Murphy. "She was also heavily recruited by Oklahoma, LSU and Arizona State which I believe is a testament to her ability."

Staci Ramsey, a native of Houston, Texas, is a hard-hitting third baseman that Murphy says has the ability to play several different positions and be a very good power-hitter. She is a three-time high school team MVP and was the 2001 Offensive Player of the Year.

Dominique Accetturo, of Hollywood, Florida, is a utility infielder that Murphy said is the best power hitter he saw all summer. Accetturo led her high school team to the 1999 Florida state championship and was also a member of Junior Olympic softball team in 1999.

The Crimson Tide will open its 2002 season in Tucson, Arizona against the defending national champion Arizona Wildcats. Bama will open the home portion of its schedule on February 8, when the team hosts the 2002 Bama Bash!

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