FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University softball coach Jack Byerley has announced the signing of Allie Aleman of Santa Ana, Calif., to a national letter of intent to attend FMU and play for the Patriots in 2005.
Aleman, a 5-5 middle infielder, is a product of Mater Dei High School, where she played for coaches Doug Myers and Tyroone Davis. As a senior, she is batting .356 with three home runs, 14 runs batted in, 18 runs scored, a .427 on-base percentage, a .521 slugging percentage, and a team-leading 11 stolen bases.
She has helped lead the Monarchs to a 23-4-2 record and a spot in the Division I CIF Southern Section Toyota Softball Playoffs that begin this week.
Mater Dei was a national preseason No. 3 pick by Student Sports, and in California was a preseason No. 2 choice by CalHi Sports.
Aleman is a two-time All-Serra League selection and a four-year letterwinner for Mater Dei. She has been the team captain for two years.
“Allie will step in and contribute immediately for us,” said Byerley. “She will play second base and fill the No. 2 position in our batting order. She has quick hands and knows how to handle the bat. In addition to playing for a very strong high school program, she also plays for USA Athletics, one of the nation’s premier ASA (18-under) Gold Division squads.”
Francis Marion finished the 2004 season with a 37-17 record, the third-highest win total in school history, and placed fourth during the Peach Belt Conference regular season and third at the PBC Tournament. The Patriots narrowly missed earning a bid to the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Aleman is the second Patriot signee for 2005, joining infielder Monica Wofford of Myrtle Beach who committed earlier this spring.