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Aug. 25, 2011

Columbus, Ohio – Mikayla Endicott and Danielle LeBeau are joining the Ohio State softball team for 2012, head coach Linda Kalafatis has announced.

Endicott, a senior, is a transfer from the University of Oregon, where she earned three letters and posted a 9-7 record as a right-handed pitcher. Helping the Ducks advance to the NCAA Super Regionals in 2010 and 2011, Endicott had a 3.27 ERA in 16 appearances last season. She is a graduate of Roseburg (Ore.) High School, where she was the state pitcher of the year as a junior and senior, and led her team to the 2008 state championship game. She also pitched for the Washington Ladyhawks in the ASA Gold Nationals.

LeBeau, a junior pitcher/infielder, was the two-time Pacific Coast Athletic Conference player of the year at Palomar (Calif.) Community College. She batted .445 with 19 doubles, two home runs and 62 RBI over two seasons for the Comets; she earned first-team All-America honors from the National Softball Coaches Association in 2010 when she hit .506. As a pitcher, she recorded 21 victories, with a 2.71 ERA over two seasons, helping Palomar to the PCAC 2011 championship. She is a graduate of Poway (Calif.) High School.

“We wanted to add depth to our pitching staff and the addition of Danielle and Mikayla do that.,” says Kalafatis. ” Danielle can also play the corners and has a strong bat and Mikayla’s experience in the circle will be a real advantage for our young pitching staff. They’re both upperclassmen so I’m certain their transition will be much quicker and that they can contribute for us immediately.”