Nov. 11, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville softball coach Sandy Pearsall has announced that Jasmine Smithson-Willett has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her playing career with the Cardinals in the 2012-13 season.
Hometown/HS: Lake Elsinore, Calif./Lakeside HS
Travel Team: So Cal Athletics
Smithson-Willett joins the Cardinals from Lake Elsinore, Calif., where she is a pitcher and utility player for Lakeside High School and the national champion So Cal Athletics Gold team. The 2011 Lakeside Female Athlete of the Year was a three-time first team All-League and two-time All-Valley first team selection. She earned California Interscholastic Federation first team honors in 2010 and was a member of CIF second team in 2009. In 2009, she earned the Freshman Scholar Athlete Award.
Smithson-Willett holds a school record with 53 wins and is a three-time strike out leader in the circle with a total of 567. She also registered a league-high batting average of .469. Smithson-Willett helped her team to the Premier Girls Fast Pitch National Championship in 2011.
She also considered UCLA, California, UC-Santa Barbara and San Diego State before choosing Louisville.
Smithson-Willett on U of L:
"My first, and only, visit was to Louisville. They say when you know, you know. I knew. It was everything I could hope for in a college - the dorms, facilities, and the dream field. After my tours and getting to know the school, I knew I found my new home. All the coaches and players make me feel welcome and that's when I decided I would not want to be anywhere else."
Coach Sandy Pearsall on Smithson-Willett:
"We are excited to welcome Jasmine to our team. She plays for one of the premiere club teams and brings a wealth of experience. She has great versatility as a pitcher, and infielder and an outfielder and can help us in every aspect of the game with her speed and power. We are fortunate to bring in a high-caliber player like Jasmine to help complement our team."