Softball Announces Addition of Four Pitchers in Class of 2016
St. Louis, Mo., June 4, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis head softball coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté announced that four student-athletes will join the Bears’ program as freshmen for the 2013 season.
The four players hail from four different states: Brooke Hofer, Tinley Park, Ill. (Victor J. Andrew), Amanda Kalupa, Elm Grove, Wis. (Brookfield East), Annie Pitkin, West Springfield, Mass. (Suffield Academy) and Jenny Weissman, Tampa, Fla. (Berkeley Preparatory School).
“I am truly excited about having these four great student-athletes join the Bears’ softball program,” said Pineda-Boutté, who is 221-77-1 (.741) in seven seasons on the Danforth Campus. “They complement our returning team very well and I expect them to compete immediately for starting roles.”
Washington University completed the 2012 season with a 28-12 overall record, its 10th-straight season with 25 or more wins. The Bears also tied for second in the UAA Conference Tournament with a 4-4 mark.
Complete biographies are listed below:
Pitcher/Infielder • 5-5 • Tinley Park, Ill. (Victor J. Andrew)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Victor J. Andrew High School … Career pitching mark of 55-20 with 1.90 earned run average and .450 career batting average … Three-time conference champion … Won back-to-back regional championships … Three-time all-conference and Century Media all-area … Scholar Athlete … Illinois State Scholar … Nominated for Illinois Academic All-State Team … PERSONAL: Born 2-10-94 … Enrolled in the Olin Business School … Daughter of Jeff and Kathy Hofer.
Pitcher/Infielder • 5-9 • Elm Grove, Wis. (Brookfield East)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Brookfield East High School … Two-time team captain … Posted a 1.41 earned run average as a senior … Only pitcher in school history with three career no-hitters … Tied single-game school-record with 15 strikeouts … 2010 Team MVP … Three-time Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Regional Champions … 2012 Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Star Game participant … Four-year all-conference selection … Brookfield East Scholarship Medallion … AP Scholar with Distinction … Academic Excellence Award … National Honor Society … PERSONAL: Born 12-15-93 … Majoring in health care management … Daughter of Jim and Jeanette Kalupa.
Pitcher • 5-10 • West Springfield, Mass. (Suffield Academy)
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterwinner in softball and field hockey at Suffield Academy … Also played two seasons at West Springfield High School … Team captain in softball … Posted 19-4 record in both freshman and sophomore seasons … Four-time Team MVP … Two-time first-team all-Western Massachusetts … Named to 2011 All-New England Team … High Honors all four years … PERSONAL: Born 11-18-94 … Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences … Daughter of Timothy Pitkin and Shaun McLean.
Pitcher • 5-9 • Tampa, Fla. (Berkeley Preparatory School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Five-year letterwinner at Berkeley Preparatory School … Three-time team captain … Four-time Team MVP and All-Hillsborough County … 2011 Florida All-State Division 3 … 2012 District Runner-up … National Honor Society … Headmaster's List for three years … PERSONAL: Born 11-2-93 … Majoring in psychology … Daughter of Steven and Rande Weissman.
Editor's Note: Do not use the terminology "signs" or "signed a letter of intent" when referring to the student-athlete's commitment to Washington University in St. Louis. NCAA Division III institutions cannot offer athletic scholarships.