Fourth-year UTEP softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk announced five additions to the program on Thursday.
Brianna Hill, Teiya Mauga, Jordyn Quevedo, Kayla Rutledge and El Paso native Ariana Valles signed letters of intent and will suit up for the Miners, beginning with the 2017 fall season.
Brianna Hill | INF | Portland, Ore. | Lincoln High School
Brianna Hill has played on the varsity team at Lincoln High School since her freshman year. The native of Portland, Ore., hit .415 [22-for-53] with six home runs, four doubles, two triples, 25 and 18 runs at Lincoln High School in 2016.
Hill produced monster numbers during an 18-1 victory over Benson Tech, amassing seven RBI on a 3-for-5 performance, which included a pair of home runs and three runs scored. Hill racked up another six RBI with a pair of long balls and scored three runs during a 12-2 win against Madison. Hill also plays basketball and volleyball for the Cardinals.
Echo-Hawk on Hill: “Brianna is one of the most consistent players who we have coming in. She is very reliable and will be a nice addition to our infield.”
Teiya Mauga | INF | San Diego, Calif. | Mira Mesa High School
Teiya Mauga has played on the varsity squad since her freshman season. As a junior in 2016, Mauga hit .369 [31-for-84], while leading her squad with four home runs and ranking second with 20 RBI. Mauga chipped in with six doubles, a triple, 20 runs scored and four stolen bases. The native of San Diego registered season highs in hits [three], RBI [four] and runs scored [three] during a 13-6 win against Morse.
Mauga capped her junior season off with a 2-for-3 performance, three RBI, a home run and two runs. Mauga, in her first three years with the Marauders, has hit .365 [66-for-181] with 10 dingers, 48 RBI and 41 runs scored. Her sister, Katiyana, is a power-hitting, senior infielder at national powerhouse Arizona.
Echo-Hawk on Mauga: “Teiya will bring a ton of power to our lineup. She is a hardworking infielder that we are hoping will make an immediate impact on our team.”
Jordyn Quevedo | OF | Tucson, Ariz. | Canyon del Oro High School
Jordyn Quevedo, a lefty slapper, hit .294 with a .429 on-base percentage her junior campaign in 24 games played at Canyon de Oro High School. Quevedo added an RBI with 15 runs and six stolen bags.
The Tucson, Ariz., native tallied her lone RBI and recorded a stolen base during a 13-5 win against Desert Eagle. Quevedo’s efforts helped surge the Dorados to a 28-3-1 overall record including a 5-0 section mark and an Arizona ranking of no. 5.
Echo-Hawk on Quevedo: “Jordyn will definitely add some speed that is much needed to our lineup. She will definitely be fun to watch in the outfield.”
Kayla Rutledge | P | Las Vegas, Nev. | Arbor View High School
Kayla Rutledge hurled 56.1 innings and recorded 46 Ks to only 21 walks. In her two seasons pitching with the varsity squad, Rutledge has thrown 86.0 innings with 59 Ks and 32 walks. Rutledge also chipped in with five runs scored and a stolen base. The Las Vegas, Nev., native threw 3.0 frames and struck out a trio of batters and allowed only one hit to earn a victory, her first of 2016, against Desert Eagle.
Rutledge registered back-to-back victories, the first came during an 8-5 victory against Legacy [5.0 innings, four Ks], while the second was during a 12-0 win versus Faith Lutheran [5.0 innings, four Ks, one BB]. She tallied five Ks, as she tossed a season-high 7.0 frames during a 5-4 triumph against Cimarron-Memorial.
Echo-Hawk on Rutledge: “Kayla is a dynamic player in the circle. She has a great presence on the mound and we are extremely excited to add her to our pitching staff.”
Ariana Valles | INF | El Paso, Texas | Chapin High School
Ariana Valles hit an astronomical .700 [56-for-80] in 2016 with nine home runs and racked up a team-best 59 RBI. Valles’s efforts helped the Huskies win a district title as they finished 30-6-2 overall and 15-0-1 in district action. Chapin advanced to the area playoffs, defeated Lubbock 6-0 in game one, but fell in the next two contests in the three-game series.
Valles produced 18-multiple hit games in 25 contests, including five four-hit performances. The El Paso native tallied a season-high seven RBI on a 4-for-5 day during a 25-2 win over Burgess, while she followed with six RBI on a 4-for-4 performance during a 23-0 triumph against Bowie. During five contests in a row [March 4-24], Valles amassed 26 RBI and hit .882 [15-of-17] during that span.
Echo-Hawk on Valles: “Ari is a gamer; she just finds a way to be successful on the field. We are really excited to see what she adds to our program.”