FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University softball coach Stacey Johnson has announced the signing of infielder Kathleen Beauvais of Manassas, Va., to a national letter of intent during the recent early signing period. Beauvais will attend FMU in the fall of 2006 and play for the Patriots in the spring of 2007.
Beauvais, 5-7, is a senior at Osbourn Park High School, where she has played for coaches Willie Lemay and Talia Lake.
A three-year starter at third base, this past spring she batted .412 with a .475 on-base percentage. She was named her team’s Offensive Player of the Year, while also garnering first-team All-District and All-Regional honors. She is a three-time Scholar Athlete Award winner, while playing softball, volleyball, and basketball.
She was also a first-team All-District pick as a sophomore when she batted .380 and committed only one error in 21 games.
Her past summer ball experience had her playing for the Manassas Blaze and the Rock N Fire (Virginia) squads as a second baseman and shortstop. This past summer, the Rock N Fire finished fifth at the Pony Nationals and won the ASA National 18U Gold Tournament and participated in the 18U Gold ASA Nationals in Atlanta.
“Kathleen is fundamentally strong in all areas and should push for a starting spot as a freshman,” said Johnson. “She is a good fielder with a strong arm, and can hit for power.”
Francis Marion was 36-14 in 2005, and for the second year in a row narrowly missed earning a bid to the NCAA Division II national tournament. The Patriots open their 2006 season, Feb. 5 by hosting Anderson College.