BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Rachel Cogdill of Knoxville, Tenn., committed to play the 2011 season for the Lady Bulldogs, Union College head coach Danny Fish announced Tuesday.
"We are very pleased that Rachel has chosen Union to extend her softball career," said Fish, who is in his first season with the Lady Bulldogs. "She is a versatile player that can hit for power and average. Defensively she is a first baseman but will also get time on the rubber. Rachel has great character and is exactly the type of player and person we look for in future Lady Bulldogs."
A first baseman and pitcher for Central High School in Knoxville, Tenn., Cogdill is the daughter of Paul and Mary Cogdill. During her junior season she was an integral part of the Lady Bobcat squad that won the district championship and was the runner-up at the regional championships. Central went on to place seventh in the state in 2009.
Cogdill earned All-District Team honors and was named to the All-KIL Team and Second Team All Prep Extra. She finished the 2009 season hitting .432 with a slugging percentage of .853 and 40 RBIs. Defensively, Cogdill posted a .993 fielding percentage and went 14-1 on the mound with 0.82 earned-run average.
Cogdill intends to major in sports management at Union.
Union went 27-25 overall and 8-8 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference last season. The Lady Bulldogs also advanced to the AAC Tournament championship game.