PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers softball team head coach Pat Willis has announced the signing of three student-athletes for the 2004 season. The three additions are Jessica Crosby (Mount Vernon, WA), a pitcher from Sedro-Woolley High School, Maggie Geraldi (Russell, IL), a shortstop from Zion Benton High School and Kristin Madock (Glenview, IL), a utility player from Glenbrook South High School.
Crosby helped lead her high school team to third place in the Washington State AAA Championships. A three-year First Team All-Area selection, Crosby finished her 2002 season with a 15-1 record and 128 strikeouts. Crosby earned First Team All-League honors, finishing her season with an ERA of 0.88.
“She’s a very good athlete,” said Willis. “When she’s not pitching, she’ll be able to help us in some other areas because of her athleticism.”
Geraldi will be competing for the spot left open by the Scarlet Knights’ starting shortstop this season, senior Meaghan Asselta. Geraldi was All-Conference in 2001 and 2002 as well as a three-time All-County selection.
“She is a very solid shortsop,” said Willis. “She hits the ball really well and comes from a very competitive summer team. We will be happy to have her as part of our roster.”
The final signee is Madock, who will serve as a utility player for RU. Madock split time between first base and the outfield for Glenbrook South, honored as All-Conference her sophomore and junior years as well as All-Area as a junior.
According to Willis, “the team will be able to utilize her in different positions. She has great potential and she’ll definitely improve during her years at Rutgers.”
The Scarlet Knights finished the 2003 season in seventh place in the BIG EAST with a 26-23 overall record and an 8-12 conference mark.