Urbana University Head Softball Coach Danielle Lowe announced the addition of two more recruits to her talented 2014 class. Miami East High School’s Ellie Gearhart and Keystone High School’s Morgan McNulty will join four recent Blue Knight spring signees, and three early signees, on the field this fall at Urbana University.
Gearhart and McNulty will both bolster the Blue Knight infield.
Gearhart is a 5’10” South Charleston, Ohio native with experience at third base, shortstop and first base. The right-handed hitter was named team MVP at Miami East High School, where she also received the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship and Viking awards. The daughter of Daniel and Kearstin Gearhart, Ellie intends to study healthcare management at Urbana University.
McNulty (pictured right) is a 5’3” middle infielder from Elyria, Ohio. Playing for Coach Jim Piazza at Keystone High School, McNulty earned First Team All-Conference and First Team All-County honors as a junior. The four-year letter winner was a member of the 2012 State and National Championship squad. In her first 28 games this spring, she hit .466 with 26 RBI and 35 runs scored. Over her four-year career, she hit .384 with 45 stolen bases.
McNulty chose Urbana University over other schools because of “the small community and the rural setting.” The daughter of Tom and Tina McNulty, Morgan intends to major in Criminal Justice at Urbana.
This past spring, Lowe’s Blue Knights broke the program’s single season record for wins with 28. Urbana finished 3rd in the new 12-team Mountain East Conference, just narrowly missing out on the program’s first NCAA Division II tournament berth.