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Head coach TJ Hubbard announced the addition of five freshmen student-athletes to the UTEP softball program on this week.
Joining the Miners’ roster are two utility players, a right-handed pitcher, an infielder and an outfielder.
The signees include Aalijah Alarcon (RHP, Rio Rancho, N.M.), Ajia Richard (INF, Silver City, N.M.), Jordyn Lopez (OF, San Antonio, Texas), Annika Litterio (RHP/INF, San Antonio, Texas) and Kaylin Jackson (RHP/INF, Denton, Texas).
“All five of these young ladies are intense competitors committed to helping us reshape and rebuild UTEP Softball into a competitive program,” Hubbard said.
“Athleticism and versatility is this group’s strength and we expect them to contribute at multiple positions and roles throughout their careers at UTEP. We could not be more thrilled to have these young ladies represent the future of UTEP Athletics as we welcome them into our Miner Softball Family.”
Aalijah Alarcon | RHP | 5-10 | Rio Rancho, N.M.
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-time All-District First-Team selection at Cleveland High School … finished her junior season with a 10-5 record and 69 strikeouts.
Hubbard’s Report: “Alarcon is a mature, confident right-handed hurler. Aalijah’s composure and poise provides us with a reliable, consistent arm in high-pressure situations.”
Ajia Richard | INF | 5-7 | Silver City, N.M.
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to the All-State team twice during her career at Silver High School (2019, 2020) … Named Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 for her stellar play at shortstop for the Fighting Colts … Knocked in 57 RBIs and belted 18 home runs, 7 triples and 13 doubles her sophomore year while hitting at a .568 clip.
Hubbard’s Report: “Richard is a sure-handed, multiple-tool infielder with a high ceiling. Ajia’s athleticism and ability on both sides of the ball make her a player to keep an eye on over the next four years.”
Jordyn Lopez | OF | 5-3 | San Antonio, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to the All-District Team her freshman and sophomore seasons at East Central High School … Hit for a .330 batting average and one longball before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic … Played club for Athletics Mercado Bonola and Texas Blaze most recently.
Hubbard’s Report: “A quick, agile outfielder that can play any outfield position, Lopez’s exciting style of play, work ethic and competitive personality will bring energy and enthusiasm to our team.”
Annika Litterio | RHP/INF | 5-7 | San Antonio, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: Finished her career at Earl Warren High School in the circle with a 1.21 ERA and 641 punchouts … Hit at a .279 clip throughout her career … Earned District MVP honors twice and was named Earl Warren High School’s most valuable athlete twice … Selected to San Antonio’s Express News Super Team three times … Played club for the Texas Bombers.
Hubbard’s Report: “Litterio is a strong, resilient right-handed pitcher and hitter with years of competitive experience at the highest level. Annika will provide an immediate impact as a shut-down arm in the circle and an RBI threat at the plate.”
Kaylin Jackson | RHP/INF | 5-7 | Denton, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: Slugged .460 at Denton High School her senior year before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic … Hit .483 and .434 her junior and sophomore seasons, respectively, while knocking in 10 home runs and 49 RBIs over that span … Ender her high school career with 130 strikeouts in the circle … Named the Denton High School team MVP in 2018 and District Offensive MVP in 2019.
Hubbard’s Report: “Jackson is a versatile pitcher that can play multiple infield positions. Kaylin adds another consistent bat to our offensive lineup and provides us with plenty of defensive options.”