Virginia softball won just eight games in head coach Blake Miller's first year on the job in 2014, but it appears help is on the way.
The program announced Thursday that a pair of transfers, Kaitlin Fitzgerald and McKall Miller, are joining the Cavaliers’ program for next season.
Fitzgerald, a 5-9 corner infielder from Placentia, California, and Miller, a 5-8 middle infielder from Ashburn, Virginia, have signed scholarship agreements and are transferring to Virginia from St. Johns and Providence, respectively. Both will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“Kaitlin and McKall are great additions to our program,” Blake Miller said. “In all aspects of the game these two young women will make an immediate impact. Kaitlin Fitzgerald will make us a lot stronger on the corner and provide a lot of power at the plate. McKall’s addition provides our team with a versatility in depth that we have not had. She is a strong middle infielder with a lot of power at the plate.”
Fitzgerald was named to the All-Big East First Team after hitting .355 with three home runs and 28 RBI for the Red Storm. She started all 51 games, was second on the squad with 11 doubles and third with 54 hits.
Miller led the Friars with seven home runs, 16 RBI, five doubles and a .500 slugging percentage. She started all 35 games, was second on the team with 13 runs scored and third with 24 runs scored.
The Cavaliers now have a group of eight newcomers joining the team for the 2015 season. Allison Davis, Alex Formby, Andie Formby, Lauren Heintzelman, Danni Ingraham and Brittany McNulla all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Cavaliers in the fall.