January 16th, 2013

Mercy Academy Shortstop Commits to Murray State

Staff Report

Mercy Academy Shortstop Commits to Murray State
Mercy Jaguars - 2012 Softball state champions / file photo by Teri Sue Vorbrink

Strong defensive player has committed to Murray State

Mercy Academy Jaguars junior shortstop Erika Downey has verbally committed to play softball at Murray State University.

Downey, a key member of the 2012 Jaguars first-ever state championship softball team, is a slick fielding infielder who possesses great hands, keen instincts and a strong arm. She swung the bat at an 8-18 (.444 average) clip in the state tournament and scored the game-tying run in the second round of the tournament in the bottom of the 7th against Greenwood.

Downey is the third member of the Jaguars current team to give a verbal commitment to play college softball. Senior centerfielder Morgan Meyer and sophomore outfielder Jordan Vorbrink have both given their verbal commitment to the University of Louisville. Downey will join state champ teammate J.J. Francis at Murray State. Francis is a freshman pitcher for the Racers.

Josh Bloomer, Mercy’s former coach, said of Downey: “Erika really put herself out there as one of the best shortstops in the state,” said Bloomer after the state championship run. “She’s worked really hard on her swing. She’s getting better and better and she’s right at the tip of where she’s going to be. She’s rock-solid defensively.”


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