UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced the addition of transfer Mariah Ellis on Tuesday. Ellis played her freshman year at Longwood University (located in Farmville, Va.) during the 2016 season.
Ellis will have three years of eligibility and will play in the outfield.
“We are excited about the addition of Mariah to our roster,” Echo-Hawk said. “She is going to add more depth to our outfield and power at the plate.”
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Ellis played in 26 contests while starting 10 for the Lancers, including a start as the designated player in the NCAA Tournament against Princeton. Overall on the season, Ellis hit .267 (12-of-45) with a pair of home runs, nine RBI, five runs scored, a triple and a double. She added four walks, a sac-fly and was 2-for-2 on stolen bases.
Ellis connected on a two-run home run during a 6-1 victory against Campbell on March 18. She hit a solo shot on a 2-for-2 performance the next day in a 10-4 win versus Campbell. In a 7-0 win against Presbyterian on April 23, Ellis gathered a career-high three RBI with a double on a 2-for-4 day, as she connected on a two-run single and a one-run double.
During her junior year at Kennedy High School, Ellis set the single-season home run record by blasting 15 jacks. During her senior season at Chatsworth High School, Ellis hit .375 with 20 runs, 28 RBI, seven doubles, a pair of triples, seven stolen bags and five home runs.
Ellis will be part of eight newcomers for the 2017 campaign. She will join recent NLI signees Pamala Baber, Macey Brown, Mallorie Cross, Allie Johnson and Bryanna Molina, along with walk-ons Sarah Rocha and Ruby Sanchez.
As of June 28, 23 student-athletes will grace the 2017 roster, an increase of four players from the 2016 roster.