PUEBLO, Colo. (November 17, 2016) - Colorado State University-Pueblo softball head coach Christie Koschke announced the signing of four student-athletes who have elected to continue their softball careers with the Pack beginning in the fall of 2017.
The signees, all freshman, hail from Colorado and California. The quartet all have ties on the diamond with the two California and the two homegrown products each having played on the same club team.
"This is a good start to our 2017 class. These young ladies will add tremendous athleticism and depth to our squad," said Koschke.
The first newly signed member of the Pack is Jazmine Bench (Buena Park, Calif.). A 5-foot-5 catcher, Bench attends John F. Kennedy HS. She played two seasons for the Fighting Irish, being named second team all-league (2015) and earned all-academic honors in 2014.
Bench held a .300 batting average and a .312 on-base percentage, gathering twelve RBIs and 16 runs. Defensively she kept a .918 fielding percentage under the direction of head coach Don Harper.
She competed for Firecrackers Ensey/Stream club team.
Bench is the daughter of Barbie Bench and has one sister, Kara.
The next student-athlete is Danielle Votendahl (Huntington Beach, Calif.), a teammate of Bench on Firecrackers club team; Votendahl attends Edison HS where she is a three-time Scholar Athlete Award recipient and earned All-Sunset League First Team honors in 2016 and second team in 2015.
During her junior season the utility player led the Chargers with eight homeruns, finishing the year with a .384 batting average, and .404 on-base percentage with a .697 slugging mark.
Votendahl is the daughter of Mark and Dana Votendahl and has two siblings, Brittany and Colin.
The next signee is Jennah Thompson (Fort Collins, Colo.) who attends Rocky Mountain HS. Thompson played in twenty games for the Lobos, batting for a .308 average and .478 on-base percentage. She played for head coach Matt Nigro.
Thompson is the daughter of Garth and DeAnn Thompson. She has two siblings, Laurel and Mason.
The final signee is Makenzie Regan (Frederick, Colo.). A 5-foot-11 pitcher, Regan attends Mead HS where she earned a 2.23 earned run average and tossed one no-hitter. During her senior year Regan hit for a .356 batting average.
Regan is the daughter of Todd and Debby Regan and has a twin brother Matthew, and younger brother Tanner. Her dad played baseball for University of Denver.
Thompson and Regan played together for Pro Swing Orange club team, under the direction of head coach Julia Kloppe.
"We are excited to add Danielle, Jazmine, Jennah and Makenzie to our roster," said Koschke. "They all come from great families, are passionate about the game and will be a perfect fit to our PACK family."
The new Pack members will arrive to campus in August.
CSU-Pueblo opens the 2017 season, Feb. 9-11 at the Dixie State Tournament.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.