"We are excited to welcome in this group of dynamic signees," said Ford. "The athleticism, offensive prowess and pitching skill will be strong assets to the future of Titans softball. Our staff has high expectations for all the student-athletes that we will be bringing into our family and this group represents the type of individuals we want to surround ourselves with."
Sydney Golden | 5-10 | P | MLK High School | Riverside
Competing in four contests for the Wolves in 2014, Golden posted a 0.58 earned run average over 12 innings in the circle. She surrendered only one earned run while fanning nine and recording one shutout under head coach Lucinda Brewer.
"Our staff is really looking for Sydney to flourish on the mound at Cal State Fullerton. She has the size, the levers, and the physical presence to really make a statement in the Big West Conference," Ford said. "Sydney comes from a travel ball program that expects to win and that is an intangible for a pitcher. She is a full package when it comes to performing on the softball field and in the classroom, exhibiting many traits that you want to surround yourself with."
Travel Ball Experience
Golden is a member of the Orange County Batbusters under head Ken Briggs. In addition, she also competed on Mike Stith's Team Mizuno squad while participating in the Premier Girls Fastpitch National Tournament for the past several seasons en route to the 2014 PGF Platinum National Championship.
Raeanne Martinez | 5-1 | UT | La Serna High School | Whittier
Through three years of her prep career, Martinez boasted a solid .360 average during her junior year, scoring 19 runs while driving in 21 RBIs. In her sophomore campaign, the Whittier, Calif., native hit at a clip of .275, collecting 14 RBIs while tallying 17 runs. Her tenure as a Lancer under head coach Mike Reed was highlighted in 2014 with a second place finish at the Division III CIF Championships.
"Raeanne brings many assets to our softball program as a sheer competitor and the type of student-athlete that will play anytime and anywhere," stated Ford. "Her personality is electric and her drive to be successful will make everyone around her better. Raeanne also plays for an outstanding travel ball program where winning is a priority in which I expect that same type of edge at Cal State Fullerton."
Travel Ball Experience
Martinez arrives at Cal State Fullerton with over eight years of travel ball experience, currently competing with the So Cal Athletics 18U Quarles. In addition, the 5-foot-1 student-athlete was also a member of the So Cal Wicked, Cerritos Franchise and the Firecrackers. She capped off her 2010-11 campaign finishing third at the Premier Girls Fastpitch Championship.
Ariana Williams | 5-10 | OF | Canyon Springs High School | Moreno Valley
Williams has played for the Cougars over the past three seasons under head coach Janine Monahan. Competing in all 12 contests in centerfield her junior season, she batted .381 with four doubles and four RBIs. Contributing in numerous categories, she also posted a slugging percentage of .574 to go along with an on-base percentage of .426. In her sophomore season, the Moreno Valley, Calif., native recorded a .383 average in 13 games, tallying seven RBIs, a pair of triples and one home run. In her rookie campaign Williams played in all 15 games with 10 singles and three extra-base hits. The 5-foot-10 outfielder boasted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in both her sophomore and junior seasons.
"Ariana is simply the definition of an all around athlete, utilizing speed, power and agility that is second to none," added Ford. "Fullerton alumna Pam Newton spoke volumes about her character and abilities and our coaching staff can see her making an immediate impact in the outfield."