Nov. 27, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss softball opened the fall signing period Wednesday by announcing the addition of three players for the 2014 campaign. The Golden Eagles added pitcher/outfielders Hannah Moore (Carthage, Miss.), Danielle Block (Phoenix, Ariz.), pitcher/infielder Sami Robles (Texas City, Texas), and infielder Selena Estrada (Panama City, Fla.).
"We are extremely excited to have added these four players to our program," said co-head coach Jon Malgradi. "They are exceptional athletes that can improve your program immediately. Even more, they will be outstanding representatives of Southern Miss in the classroom and in the community."
Moore plays for coach Doug Jones at Leake Academy, who posted the nation's fourth-longest winning streak of 85 games from 2010 to 2012, and led her squad to a perfect season and the Academy AA championship last fall with a 25-0 record and an 0.16 ERA, while batting .660 at the plate. For her efforts, Moore was named to the Clarion-Ledger's 2012 All-State First Team.
For her career, Moore posted a .630 batting average and a career ERA of just 0.25, with 712 strikeouts in 389 innings pitched. Moore was equally tough to handle on the base paths as she tallied 132 career steals. Additionally, she was a four-time All-District team member and was named the district MVP each of those four seasons. Moore posted a 94-5 record in the circle for her career including 62 straight, a mark which ranks as the fifth longest in the nation. Her batting average is also the fifth-best ever across the country.
Block comes to Southern Miss from Desert Vista High where she played for coach Chris Crowl. In 2012, Block earned All-City and Defensive MVP honors while also earning the distinction as Desert Vista's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She posted a .980 fielding percentage and held a 1.93 ERA inside the circle.
In the classroom, Block belongs to the National Honor Society and has earned numerous awards including an academic excellence award. Block also played travel ball with the Arizona Hotshots, led by coach Gary Davis, who finished seventh at the 2012 ASA Western Nationals and second at the 2012 Pennsbury Invitational.
Robles, a product of Texas High School, plays for coach Amber Gareri and earned 2012 Galveston County Player of the Year honors from The Daily News, headlining their All-County team. During her junior year, Robles batted .392 with 23 RBIs, two home runs and held a 2.50 ERA with 140 strikeouts in 145 innings. She was also an All-District 24-4A selection in 2010 and 2011 while earning the District 24-4A Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2012.
Robles also played travel ball with Houston Power Gold under the direction of coach John Glowacz. She helped lead her squad to three ASA Gold Qualifier events and a pair of top-15 finishes at ASA Gold Nationals.
Estrada prepped at A. Crawford Mosley High School under the tutelage of coach Brian Wilke. The 2012 Miracle Sports 6A Florida All-State selection also was named to the all-county team three times while becoming a four-year varsity starter. She earned the distinction of player of the week three times by the Panama City News Herald, and was her team's 2011 Offensive MVP. She also earned the 2012 Top Pitcher Award with a 1.13 ERA while helping lead her team to three Florida 6A regional appearances.
At the plate, Estrada posted a .462 batting average with a .577 slugging percentage while tallying 63 RBI. Estrada was also coached by her father, Eloy, in travel ball with the Panama City Lady Lightning who won the Florida Class A State Title and were runner ups at the World Series.
Southern Miss is expected to continue the signing period throughout the week.