Aug. 2, 2013
WACO, Texas - Baylor softball coach Glenn Moore announced a late addition to the Bears' 2013 signing class when Ariana Hawkins signed a financial aid agreement to enroll this fall.
Hawkins hails from Mountain House, Calif., where she was a high-school standout for Kimball High School, and she played for the Amateur Softball Association's California Grapettes.
For Kimball, she helped her team to a 25-8 overall record as a senior shortstop in 2013. Hawkins earned first-team all-state honors from CalHiSports.com after hitting .576 in 30 games for the Jaguars. She drove in 44 runs, scored 37, and collected 16 extra-base hits on the season.
As a club player for the 18u Grapettes, Hawkins played both in the outfield and infield, and Moore said that Hawkins will get looks at both the middle infield and outfield for the Bears.
Moore said Baylor is excited about Hawkins' offensive and defensive abilities.
"Ari is a natural. She plays a very mature game and competes hard," he said. "I'm expecting great things on both sides of the ball from this kid."
Hawkins joins the 2013 signing class that includes Riley Browder (IF/OF, Coldspring, Texas), Lindsey Cargill (IF, Robinson, Texas), Christy Lisenby (OF, Flower Mound, Texas), Samantha Montes (RHP/IF, Burleson, Texas) and Sarah Beth Toben (RHP/OF, Waco, Texas).
The Bears finished the 2013 season with a 42-17 mark and advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament for the eighth time in the past 10 years.