San Antonio – St. Mary’s University softball coach Donna Fields announced on Friday the signing of San Antonio native Erica Earle to a national letter of intent to play for the Rattlers, starting with the 2008-09 academic year. Earle is the third signee for the Rattlers this offseason.

Earle (Fr., 5’4″, 3B/C, San Antonio) comes to St. Mary’s from Tom C. Clark High School where she was a four-year letterwinner for coach D’Layne Kelly. She is coming off a strong senior season in which she hit .400, and earned first team all-district and all-state honors. She is the first softball player to earn all-state honors at Clark. As a junior she hit .351 and earned all-district recognition. She burst onto the scene in 2006, earning first team all-district and all-state honors with a .494 batting average. She helped Clark to the state playoffs as a junior in 2007 and to the championship of the South San Antonio Tournament in 2006.

Off the field she was a member of the National Honor Society, the English Scholars Society, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica and received the Tom C. Clark President’s Education Award three times.

The Rattlers ended the 2008 season with a record of 53-12 overall, including a 26-2 mark in Heartland Conference play. The Rattlers won the Heartland Conference regular season and tournament titles for the first time. They won the Heartland Conference Tournament for the eighth straight season and also advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament for the eighth straight season. The 53 wins is the second most in school history.

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