Hendrix brings in 10 newcomers

Published 11:03 am Wednesday, January 19, 2022

CONTRIBUTED BY ETSU ATHLETICS
JOHNSON CITY – As the season lurks around the corner, first-year head coach Belinda Hendrix proudly announces the addition of 10 newcomers to the program, including five signees in the class of 2022 and five newcomers that will join the Bucs this spring.
ETSU will add Whitley Arnott (China Grove, N.C.), Amber Atkins (South Pittsburg, Tenn.), Emily Glasscock (Danville, Ky.), Sara Muir (Jasper, Tenn.) and Riley Tucker (Mount Pleasant, N.C.) to the 2022 Spring roster.
Meanwhile, the following five signees make up the 2022 signing class: Makayla Cooper (Heiskell, Tenn.), MaKenzie Henderson (Clinton, Tenn.), Emily Musco (Knoxville, Tenn.), Abby Spradlin (Seymour, Tenn.) and Makayla Stinnett (Brighton, Tenn.).
“I am excited about the class that we signed and for the transfers that we are bringing in this season,” stated Coach Hendrix. “We had some needs for this upcoming year and we were able to get them fulfilled with this group of transfers. I am looking forward to what the 2022 signing class will bring next season and cannot wait to begin in February.”
2022 Newcomers
Whitley Arnott – R/R – 6-1 – Pitcher – China Grove, N.C. (Catawba College)
  • Transfers to ETSU from Catawba College
  • Finished the season with 46 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched
  • Named All-County, All-Conference and All-State at West Rowan High School
  • Tabbed Pitcher of the Year in 2019-20
  • Daughter of Leigh Newton and Chris Arnott … plans to major in Sport Management
ARNOTT ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose to come to ETSU because I loved the campus and the family atmosphere that is on this team.
 
Amber Atkins – R/R – 5-8 – Catcher – South Pittsburg, Tenn. (Cleveland State Community College)
  • Transfers to ETSU from Cleveland State Community College
  • Appeared in 36 games last season, batting .318 with six home runs and 26 RBIs
  • Collected 35 hits in 110 at bats, while striking out only five times
  • Compiled a .415 on-base percentage and a .564 slugging percentage
  • Registered 151 putouts, 15 assists and a .976 fielding percentage
  • During the shortened 2020 season, finished fourth in the TCCAA in RBIs with 24, batting .463 (25-of-54)
  • Recorded seven homers and 21 runs scored during her freshman season
  • Daughter of James and Tiffany Atkins … plans to major in Sport & Recreation Management
ATKINS ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose to attend ETSU because I know that it is a place where I can fulfill my academic and athletic goals.
 
Emily Glasscock – R/R – 5-6 – Catcher – Danville, Ky. (Boyle County HS)
  • Lettered in softball and basketball for Boyle County High School
  • Is a two-time district champion, three-time region champion, a two-time semi-State Champion and a three-time Elite 8 State Finalist
  • Named to the All-State team in softball and the All-Region in basketball
  • Daughter of Scott and Tobi Glasscock … plans to major in Psychology
GLASSCOCK ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose to sign with ETSU because I simply loved the campus, the coaches and the environment from when I first arrived.
 
Sara Muir – R/R – 6-2 – Pitcher– Sequatchie, Tenn. (Montreat College)
  • Transferring to ETSU from Montreat College where he competed only in the fall season
  • Three-time All-District and two-time All-State
  • Appeared in the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Game
  • Named District Player of the Year
  • Daughter of Greg and Heather Muir … plans to major in Elementary Education
 
MUIR ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose ETSU because I want the opportunity to challenge myself both academically and athletically.
 
Riley Tucker – L/R – 5-10 – Utility – Mount Pleasant, N.C. (Catawba College)
  • Played both third and pitcher for Catawba College
  • In her sophomore season (2021) she batted .317 with 39 hits, 12 doubles, two long balls and 26 RBIs
  • Also posted a .463 slugging percentage and a .970 fielding percentage in 36 games
  • During the shortened 2020 COVID season, Tucker batted .373 with 28 hits, nine doubles, four homers and 10 RBIs as a true freshman
  • Compiled a .653 slugging percentage and a .937 fielding percentage
  • Lettered in softball and volleyball in high school
  • Twice named SPC All-Conference, All-District and All-State
  • Two-time Concord Post 51 American Legion Champion
  • Two-time SPC Pitcher of the Year and District 6 Pitcher of the Year
  • Two-time SPC Conference and Tournament Champions
  • Named the West Region 3A Player of the Year in 2019, along with the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove Pitcher of the Year
  • Finished high school with 20 home runs, 165 hits, and 165 RBIs
  • Daughter of Trent and Stephanie Tucker … plans to major in Sports Management
  • Uncle, Greg Tucker, played baseball at Pfeiffer and her aunt, Etta, played softball at Pfeiffer
TUCKER ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose ETSU because of the beautiful campus, the welcoming coaching staff and it was a great place for me to continue my academic and athletic career.
 
2022 Signing Class
Makayla Cooper – R/R – 5-11 – Pitcher – Heiskell, Tenn. (Union County HS)
  • Pitcher for Union County High School
  • Named All-State in 2020, guiding her team to regional champions and district runner up
  • Daughter of Chris and Amanda Cooper … plans to major in Elementary Education
  • Cousin, Hannah Devault, played four years at Lipscomb
COOPER ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose to come to ETSU because of the laid back environment and the at-home feel.
 
MaKenzie Henderson– R/R – 5-8 – Catcher – Clinton, Tenn. (Anderson County HS)
  • Lettered in both softball and basketball for Anderson County
  • Named All-State, All-District and All-Region
  • Set RBI record for Anderson County HS and led the team in HR and batting average
  • In 2021, batted .455 with 61 RBIs, nine homers and was ranked Top-3 catchers in the state
  • Daughter of BJ and Jennifer Henderson … plans to major in Nursing
HENDERSON ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose to come to ETSU because I felt like it was a perfect fit for me. I love everything about it and I adore the coaches. I fell in love with it as soon as I stepped foot on campus. It is beautiful.
 
Emily Musco – R/R – 5-7 – Infield – Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut HS)
  • Lettered in softball for Farragut High School, playing middle infield
  • State Champion in 2021 and was rated Extra Innings #181 overall in class of 2022
  • Batted .400 and recorded a .975 fielding percentage in 2021
  • Daughter of Frank and Paula Musco … plans to major in Nutrition/Physical Therapy
  • Brother, Frankie Musco, is currently a freshman on the Roane State Community College baseball team
MUSCO ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose to come to ETSU because it is a great college and it is close to family.
 
Abby Spradlin – L/R – 5-5 – Outfield – Seymour, Tenn. (Seymour HS)
  • Has three varsity softball letters for Seymour High School
  • Named IMAC Newcomer of the Year in 2019 and has twice been named All-Conference and All-Tournament (2019 & 2021)
  • Last season in 2021, batted .609 with 18 RBIs and a .978 fielding percentage
  • The 2020 season, Spradlin batted .500 with three RBIs before COVID-19 cancelled the season
  • In 2019 batted .517 with 25 RBIs with 30 hits and four long balls
  • Daughter of Anthony and Lisa Spradlin … plans to major in Pharmacy
  • Father, Anthony, played baseball at Hiwassee College
SPRADLIN ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose to come to ETSU because it offers the major I intend to pursue. I felt a real connection with the coaches.
 
Makayla Stinnett – L/L – 5-5 – Pitcher – Brighton, Tenn. (Brighton HS)
  • Lettered in softball at Brighton High School
  • Was named all-district and finished third in the state in strikeouts in 2021
  • Daughter of Larry and Amanda Stinnett … plans to major in Sports Medicine
STINNETT ON SIGNING WITH ETSU…
I chose to come to ETSU because I like the softball programs and the coaches. The school also has the major that I am wanting to pursue.

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