Bulldogs Land Two Prepsters To Start Their 2009 Recruiting Class

Ferris State University softball head coach Keri Becker has announced Elaine "Lainee" Clay (Wheelersburg, Ohio) and Morgan Kramerich (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport Township) will attend and play softball at FSU, starting this fall of 2009.

"We are excited these excited these two young ladies and their families will be joining our Bulldog family," said Becker, who's currently in her 12th year at Ferris State. "While they possess tremendous athletic talent that will add depth and multiple possibilities to the line up, they also will be great contributors to our strong team chemistry through their "smiley" and glowing personalities."

Clay, a utility player, batted for a .385 average with 38 base hits in 96 at bats as a junior last season at Wheelersburg (Ohio) High School as the Pirates were state tournament regional finalists. A 2008 second-team All-Southern Ohio Conference selection, Clay recorded nine doubles, five home runs, scored 29 runs, and had 23 RBI's to go along with a .456 on-base percentage. She helped lead head coach Gary Bailey's squad to its third straight conference championship title last spring since her 2006 freshman season. Clay, who received the 2008 team's Best Infielder Award, hit .237 with nine hits in 38 at bats as a freshman. The 5-7 performer totaled two doubles, one triple, 15 RBI's, seven runs scored, and produced a .372 on-base percentage. Besides softball, Clay is also a four-year participant in basketball. She has held membership in the National Honor Society both her junior and senior years.

Lainee Clay
Morgan Kramerich
The daughter of Steve and Kathy Clay of Wheelersburg, Ohio, Lainee will graduate from WHS in 2009 and plans to study physical therapy at Ferris State.

"Lainee is the utility player I love to recruit," said Becker, the all-time winningest coach in FSU Softball history. "While she played phenomenally at second base this past summer, she also has the ability to play just about anywhere. She moves well and carries a strong bat.

"This past summer, I heard the crack of a home run that turned my head from a different field and I never stopped watching," added Becker.

An outfielder, Kramerich hit for a .391 average during her 2008 junior year at Lockport (Ill.) Township High School under head coach Marissa Chovanec. The 5-1 prepster totaled 22 hits in 67 at bats a season ago, which included three doubles and triples apiece as her team went 28-6 overall. She also chalked up 31 RBI's, scored 24 runs, and had seven stolen bases while notching a .463 slugging percentage, a .377 on-base percentage, and a .826 fielding percentage. In her initial two varsity softball seasons (2006 and 2007), LTHS turned in 33-1 and 29-5 overall records, respectively. In addition to softball, Kramerich was a member of the school's cheerleading team both her freshman and sophomore years.

The daughter of Dan and Cynthia Kramerich of Crest Hill, Ill., Morgan is expected to receive her high school diploma this spring 2009.

"Morgan is a competitor who impressed me with her quickness and style," Becker said. "Her intelligence on the base paths makes her so much quicker. When someone covers the amount of grass which I witnessed her doing this past summer, there's was no doubt we needed her in our outfield."

Ferris State, which is presently ranked seventh nationally in the most recent (March 11) National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Poll, sports a 12-2 overall record this season to date. A season ago, FSU tied for fifth place at the 2008 NCAA-II Softball Championships after being crowned Great Lakes Regional Tourney champions.

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