TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 11, 2012) - Wednesday marked the first day of the NCAA's spring signing period and five student-athletes at Tallahassee Community College announced where they will attend school this fall.
The quintet included softball's Emily Smethurst and baseball's Hayden Jordan, both of whom are headed to neighboring Florida State University.
Smethurst verbally committed to the Seminoles in the fall and signed her letter of intent on Wednesday. Jordan, meanwhile, received and accepted a scholarship offer from Florida State last week.
Softball's Alexis Anderson, Devin Kochergen and Megan Oster also signed letters of intent on Wednesday, bringing the team's number of signees to six. Amanda Ake (Virginia Tech) and Alanna Leasau (UTEP) signed during the fall's early signing period.
Smethurst, a native of Brighton East, Victoria, Australia, is currently 9-3 with a 1.32 ERA. As a freshman in 2011, she went 15-9 with a 1.96 ERA and was named first-team all-Panhandle Conference. She also earned Gulf District, FCSAA and NJCAA All-Tournament honors as Tallahassee won the NJCAA's Region 8B championship and brought home a third-place finish in the national tournament.
At Florida State, Atlantic Coast Conference play will give Smethurst the opportunity to again cross paths with Ake, albeit as an opponent when the Seminoles square off against Virginia Tech.
Jordan, a native of Fayetteville, Ga., is currently 2-0 with a 2.56 ERA. A converted closer, he has developed into one of the state's top relief pitchers and leads the Eagles with five saves and 22 appearances, all in relief. Jordan saw action in 13 games (12 starts) as a freshman in 2011.
Anderson, who hails from Buford, Ga., signed with Southeast Missouri State University, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference located in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Anderson, who has started all 42 games primarily in centerfield, is currently batting .342 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs. As a freshman, she led the Eagles with a .370 average and added ten home runs and 28 RBIs en route to being named first-team all-Panhandle Conference. She was also named to the Gulf District and FCSAA All-Tournament Teams.
At Southeast Missouri State, Anderson will be reunited with former Tallahassee teammate Xia Wilson, the Redhawks' starting catcher. She'll also be joined in the OVC by Oster, who inked with Morehead State University, located in Morehead, Ken.
Oster, a native of Clermont, Fla., has also started all 42 games in 2012 as the Eagles' second baseman. She is currently batting .311 with three home runs and 17 RBIs. As a freshman, she appeared in 44 games and batted .286 with one home run and ten RBIs and was an honorable mention all-Panhandle Conference pick.
Kochergen, a native of Madera, Calif., signed with Lynn University. She has appeared in 37 games in 2012, primarily as the team's starting catcher. Kochergen is currently batting .348 with four home runs and 17 RBIs. As a freshman, she appeared in 34 games and batted .354 with one home run and nine RBIs and was named honorable mention all-Panhandle Conference.
Lynn, an NCAA Division II school, is located in Boca Raton, Fla., and competes in the Sunshine State Conference.
In addition to Ake and Leasau, men's basketball's Christian Farmer (Winthrop) signed an NCAA letter of intent during the fall's early signing period.