FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University softball coach Stacey Johnson has announced the signing of Stevie Arrand of London, Ontario, Canada, Serena Lim of Sacramento, Calif., and Megan Pangburn of Covina, Calif., to national letters of intent to attend FMU and play for the Patriots in 2006.
Arrand, a 5-4 right fielder, is a graduate of Mother Teresa Catholic High School.
She has been a member of the elite London Lightning softball squad for six years, posting a .407 on-base percentage in 2004, while leading her team to a second-place finish.
She was also a four-year member of the Mother Teresa volleyball squad.
Lim, a 5-7 right-handed pitcher and utility player, is a graduate of St. Francis High School, where she played for coaches Al LoGiudice, Ken VanMeter, and Kenny McGuire.
As a senior, she batted .297 with five extra-base hits and eight runs batted in. She scored five runs and compiled a .318 on-base percentage. On the mound, she was 7-6 with a 0.30 earned run average, second-lowest in the Delta League. She struck out 91 batters in 92 innings, while helping lead the Troubadours to a 15-11 record. A four-year starter for St. Francis, she was a three-time All-Delta League selection. She was also named a 2005 Optimist All-Star and was chosen to the 2002 All-Metro League squad.
Lim helped lead the Roseville Heat to the 2004 ASA Nationals, where she picked up two wins.
Pangburn, a 5-5 right-handed hitting catcher and outfielder, is a product of Charter Oak High School, where she played for coach Scott Higuera. As a senior, she batted .316 with 13 runs scored and eight RBIs. She compiled a .358 on-base percentage and a .963 fielding percentage. She helped lead the Chargers to a 20-8 overall record and to the Miramonte League title with an 11-1 mark.
Pangburn twice earned All-Miramonte League honors and garnered 2004 Scholar Athlete recognition.
Francis Marion loses only two seniors off its 2005 squad that was 36-14, and for the second year in a row narrowly missed earning a bid to the NCAA Division II national tournament.
The signings bring to seven the number of newcomers to join the Patriot program for 2006.