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Softball Rounds Out Recruiting Class with Additions of Santos and Anderson

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Having recently wrapped up her fifth season at the helm of the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball program, head coach Kimmy Bloemers has also now put the finishing touches on another excellent recruiting class for the 2012 season. Joining the four student-athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the early signing period last fall, two more players have signed with the Sailfish during the spring period in the form of Lisa Santos and Kara Anderson.

Both players will be transferring from the junior college ranks where both were named NJCAA All-Americans before suiting up for the Sailfish in 2012. Santos and Anderson are joining this year’s recruiting class alongside junior college players Mary Pippin and Jen Hunter and also high school standouts Chelsie Hersey and Ashley Roberts.

Santos will return to Palm Beach County in the coming months after playing her freshman season at nearby Northwood University and then playing for Monroe Community College as a sophomore.

An athletic and unshakable shortstop, Santos has signed with the Blue and White after producing her fair share of accolades during her two previous stints in collegiate softball.

While a freshman at Northwood, Santos was named to the All-Conference team after hitting a team-best .485 while hitting three homeruns and collecting ten doubles in 33 games. A native of Rochester, New York, she would return to her home state for her sophomore season at MCC while putting up even more impressive numbers.

Playing for the Tribunes, Santos put up huge offensive numbers as she helped lead her team to a runner-up finish at the NJCAA national tournament. Santos finished with a .533 batting average including 14 homeruns and a school-record 111 runs batted in. Her 105 hits were the second-most in school history while also setting a record of four homeruns and 12 RBI’s in one game.

This type of record-breaking season landed Santos a spot on the NJCAA All-American 1st-Team while also being named All-Region and All-Conference as well.

Before enrolling in college Santos put together a solid prep career as well with many athletic accolades as a standout performer for the Nazareth Academy where she was a New York All-State 1st-Team selection.

With two years of eligibility remaining and her sights set on obtaining a degree in Physical Education, Santos has the ability to provide Bloemers and the Sailfish with a game-changer in the middle of the lineup.

“I believe Lisa will make an immediate impact as a Sailfish. Her athleticism and love of the game will shine on the field and will help us win games. She has a solid glove and, given her past offensive success, we are really excited to add Lisa's RBI-producing bat to our lineup."

Lisa is the daughter of Nelson and Cynthia Santos.

Joining Santos as another electric player in this year’s class is Kara Anderson who has recently finished her two-year playing career at Indian River State College from nearby Fort Pierce, Florida.

A gifted outfielder, Anderson concluded a memorable sophomore campaign a few weeks ago by helping lead the IRSC Lady Pioneers to another outstanding season under head coach Dale Atkinson. Known for her speed and athleticism, Anderson helped set the table at the top of the lineup for IRSC as she finished with a .380 batting average including 63 total hits that witnessed her post seven doubles and five triples.

Also a major threat on the base paths, Anderson stole a team-high 42 bases in 47 attempts while scoring 49 total runs and driving in 25 runs as well.

These lofty statistics led Anderson to being named to the NJCAA All-American 1st-Team as well other regional recognition including the FSCAA All-Tournament Team, FCSAA All-Region, All-Conference, as well as the All-State 1st-Team.

Before suiting up for The River, Anderson was a standout player at Moore Haven Junior-Senior High School in Moore Haven, Florida. While playing for the Terriers Anderson was an All-Area softball player while also receiving high honors on the volleyball court as well. In the classroom she excelled as well as she was a member of the Honor Roll and active in such organizations as Student Council, Homecoming, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

With aspirations to work as a teacher after her playing career is complete, Anderson appears ready for her next challenge of taking on opponents for the NCAA Division II Sailfish.

“Kara is a gifted athlete with tremendous speed. She is a threat on the base path and can cover a lot of ground in the outfield. Not only will she impact our team on the field, but her enthusiasm will inspire her teammates to succeed. There will be great things happening on the diamond for the 2012 season and I believe Kara will be a catalyst for our success.”

Kara is the daughter of Richard Anderson and Pauline Lewis.


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