Softball - Sun, Aug. 30, 2009
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College head softball coach Danny Fish has completed his signing class for the 2010 season with the addition of five players to the Lady Bulldogs' roster.

He added two junior college transfers and another transfer along with two high school players. This is the first class of players for Union's head coach as he took over the program in June.

Missy Roberts (Lebanon, Tenn.) joins the Lady Bulldogs after spending two seasons at Motlow State (Tenn.) Community College. Roberts, an infielder, was a two-year starter and helped Motlow to the program's first TJCCAA State Championship in 2009 along with a birth in the NJCAA National Tournament. During the 2009 season, Roberts owned a .369 batting average with 44 runs scored, 50 RBIs, 16 doubles and six home runs.

"I expect Missy to come in and compete right away and help turn the program around," Fish said.

Gina Loflin (Salisbury, N.C.) played the last two seasons behind the plate at Walters State (Tenn.) Community College. She was a second-team All-TJCCAA selection last season. Before going to Walters State, Loflin won numerous awards at West Rowan High School. She was selected to the all-county and all-conference teams every season and was the county player of the year four times. Loflin helped West Rowan to a runner-up finish in the state tournament.

"Gina is a solid defensive catcher that can hit for power and average," Fish commented.

Kehla Castle (Carlisle, Ky.) attended Morehead State (Ky.) University for two years and decided to come to Union. She will also play on the Lady Bulldogs' basketball team. Castle brings her 6-foot-1 frame to the mound and at first base. She played her prep career at Nicholas County High School.

"Her frame provides a good size target at first as well as an intimidating presence on the mound," Fish added.

Autumn Greenwell (Hopkinsville, Ky.) was a first-team all-state player in 2007. She owned a career .345 batting average at Christian County High School. Greenwell also participated in the 2007 East vs. West All-Star Game.

"She will come in and help us at third base and catcher positions," Fish said. "She has the will and the character of what it will take to be a good player at this level."

Nicole Aikens (Hopkinsville, Ky.) During her senior season, Aikens was selected to the All-13th District and all-region teams after leading the squad in batting average. She posted a 2.02 earned-run average with 8.5 strikeouts per game.

She finished her career with 735 strikeouts with a 2.44 earned-run average. At the plate, she owned a career .407 average with 68 RBIs and 54 runs scored.

"I am very happy to sign a quality student-athlete like Nicole," Fish commented. "She will add stability and depth to our pitching staff."

Union finished the 2009 season with an Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up finish in May after entering the event as the No. 5 seed. The Lady Bulldogs wrapped up the season at 27-25, marking the third straight year Union won at least 20 games.