LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signing of California natives Jessica Lozano and Natalie Garcia and Texas native Kacy Hobbs to scholarship papers for the 2012 season.
Lozano and Garcia both played the last two years at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., while Hobbs is transferring from San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas.
Lozano was a four-year letterwinner at Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington, Calif, compiling a 29-3 record with a 2.06 earned-run-average as a junior and posting 60 strikeouts in five contests and helping her team win a tournament in Las Vegas as a senior for coach Rudy Aguirre. She earned First Team All-Area honors as a senior and Second Team accolades as a junior.
She earned First Team All-State and South Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year accolades as a sophomore at Cerritos while serving as team captain. She is the daughter of Jaime and Yolanda Lozano.
Garcia earned four letters for coach Erin Caskey at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, Calif., earning Second Team All-Suburban League honors as a junior and senior. She batted .293 as a freshman, .319 with one home run as a sophomore, .353 with three homers as a junior and .387 with seven home runs as a senior. The Bellflower, Calif., native was named the team’s Most Improved as a sophomore and earned Scholar-Athlete accolades for three seasons.
Garcia was a First Team All-South Coast Conference as a freshman at Cerritos, earning the team’s Most Improved award. She was also a team captain along with Lozano in 2011. Her sister, Nadine, also played at Cerritos College. She is the daughter of Juan and Elizabeth Garcia.
Hobbs attended Caney Creek High School in Grangerland, Texas before attending San Jacinto the last two years. She is the daughter of Robert and Kristy Hobbs.
Lozano, Garcia and Hobbs join signees Sydney Broderick (Knoxville, Tenn.), Kaleigh Pearce (Cross Plains, Tenn.) and Tori Brewington (Lebanon, Tenn.) in the Class of 2011.