Texas A&M new head softball coach Trisha Ford continues putting her mark on the team with the recent announcement of three more transfers to the Aggies program.
First up is Brianna Evans. She joins the Aggies after spending her rookie season at Oklahoma State. “Brianna will bring depth to our team both on the infield and in the outfield,” Ford said. “She is a dynamic player with speed that will immediately impact our program.”
As a Big 12 All-Freshman Team pick, Evans made 47 starts and 52 appearances in the infield for the Cowgirls in 2022. She turned in an 11-game hit streak from March 4-19, marking the longest of any Cowgirl last season. Evans launched her first career home run – a grand slam – during her hit streak and recorded eight multi-hit games. Providing speed on the bases, Evans went 14-for-16 in stolen bases, ranking second on the team.
Ford also announced the addition of Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection Emily Leavitt to the Aggies’ roster Tuesday. Leavitt comes to A&M after spending the 2022 campaign at Minnesota. “I am excited about the tools that Emily will bring to the circle,” Ford said. “She gained a lot of valuable experience her freshman year and will compliment our staff very nicely.”
A right-handed hurler, Leavitt made 45 appearances while making 30 starts for the Golden Gophers. Leavitt posted a 15-11 overall record, including a 7-3 mark in conference play, and a 4.70 ERA. She tossed a pair of shutouts in eight complete games, including a three-hit shutout against No. 6 Northwestern.
The Chino, California, native led the Gophers with 169.2 innings of work with a season-best 8.0 innings in a complete-game victory against Cal. Leavitt averaged 5.6 strikeouts per seven innings pitched, finishing with 135 on the season.
Last, but not least, was the announcement of the addition of pitcher Madison Preston, who had previously played for coach Ford at Arizona State in 2020. “Madison is a southpaw with the extraordinary ability to miss barrels,” Ford said. “She adds another lefty option to our team, and I am excited to be reunited with her.”
Preston while playing at Arizona State in 2020 made 15 appearances, including seven starts, in the shortened season. Preston went 5-4 with a 2.77 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 53 innings of work.
Prior to joining the Sun Devils, Preston spent two seasons at Alabama, where she amassed a 7-5 record in 87.2 innings of work. During the 2018 season, Preston struck out 46 batters in 75 innings pitched while finishing the year with a 3.17 ERA. In 2019, she served primarily as a reliever, striking out 14 in 12 innings of work.