Aug. 7, 2007
CULLOWEE, N.C. - Head Softball Coach Christine Hornak announced the addition of Michelle Tating (Pacifica, Calif. /College of San Mateo) to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for the Western Carolina Catamounts in 2007-08. She is the second junior college player to sign with Western Carolina, as North Idaho College star Keely Torgison signed earlier this summer. Tating joins Casey Camp (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain HS), Amber Hawkins (Pfafftown, N.C./Ronald Reagan HS) and Lilly McDonagh (St. Louis, Mo./Lindbergh HS) who had previously signed to play with the club.
Tating, who is a pitcher, spent the last two years at College of San Mateo. She was named Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year this past season with a 16-5 record and a 1.55 ERA. She is also handy with a bat, ranking third at College of San Mateo with a .352 batting average, a homerun and 27 RBI.
"I am so excited to add Michelle to our pitching staff," Hornak said. "Her leadership and experience both in the circle, and at the plate, will be a huge asset to our program."
College of San Mateo reached the state playoffs in part thanks to Tating's performance on the mound. In the decisive third game of the regional finals, she tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to help her club defeat Butte 2-0 and move on to the state championships.
"I believe we have found the missing piece of the puzzle in our pitching staff with the addition of Michelle to the team," Hornak said.