NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge softball program has inked four prep softball players to a National Letter of Intent for the 2015 season, Matador head coach Tairia Flowers announced. Zoe Conley, Savannah Horvath, Courtney Horne and Elise McCarthy have all had outstanding high school and travel ball careers and will start suting up for the Matadors in the 2014-15 season.
"We are excited to add these four young women to our roster and feel we have made our team stronger for the forseeable future," Flowers said. "The four all play different positions throughout the diamond and add depth and character to our squad."
Conley is a pitcher from Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif., where she played for head coach Dolores Bonds. On the club side, Conley finished second at the ASA Nationals with the Lady Magic and head coach Rick Havey and now plays for KG Hitters and head coach Martin Garcia.
A dual threat, Conley went 19-2 in the circle while sporting a .568 on-base percentage at the plate in her junior year and helped lead Salesian to a North Coast D-3 title.
"Zoe is a gifted athlete who is capable of finding success in all phases of the game," Flowers said. "She is a strong pitching prospect who also has great speed and timing."
Horne is a catcher/third base prospect from West Hills High School in Santee, Calif. In her junior season with the Wolfpack, Horne batted .469 with 11 doubles and five home runs. She played her club ball for The Next Level for head coach Jerry Delamater where she was a teammate of Matador freshman Tara Kliebenstein.
"Courtney is a solid two-way player who understands the game well because of her work as a catcher," Flowers said. "She has a strong bat and her defensive abilities are excellent at both catcher and the hot corner."
McCarthy is an outfielder and shortstop who played her club ball for both Cal Lite and Nemesis, the former club team of CSUN's Taylor Glover. McCarthy also prepped at Monrovia High School where she has sported a .465 batting average, 15 doubles and nine triples in three seasons.
"Elise is someone we are excited to add her to the squad," Flowers explained. "She is a very fast, very skilled player whom I can compare to some of my former teammates at UCLA."
Horvath was the Nevada Softball Player of the Year as named by USA Today. A 5-8 third baseman from Las Vegas, Nev. and Centennial High School, Horvath mashed 17 home runs to go with a state record-tying 87 RBIs. She was a First Team All-State selection and the Las Vegas Review-Journal Player of the Year after her junior season. She plays her club ball for Lil Rebels and head coach Gary Stover.
"Savannah brings a lot of power and success at the plate to the team," Flowers said. "She is a fierce competitor who should have pitchers in our conference on alert."
The Matadors open their 2014 season at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., which is hosted by Arizona State University.