Friday, January 7, 2011

Cleveland State officially adds Filiagi, Kauffman and Woodard

Pictured: Jasmin Filiagi, courtesy of

Coming off a 2010 season in which Cleveland State won a school-record 44 games and a Horizon League-record 22 conference games, the Vikings softball team has added seven players (three locals) for the 2012 season.

Joining the Vikings locally will be Elyria Catholic’s Jasmin Filiagi, Brookside’s Salena Kauffman and Elyria’s Cynthia Woodard.

Filiaggi has been a three-year starter in left field at Elyria Catholic. She earned second team All-Northeast Ohio and first team All-Lorain County honors after a junior season in which she stole 36 bases and scored 21 runs.

"Jasmin will add a tremendous amount of speed to our lineup," Elyria native and CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said. "She has so much to offer because of her speed and I can’t wait to show her how to really use it. She will be fun to work with and, once she learns to add a few more tricks to her offensive side, she will really cause trouble."

Kauffman was chosen as a catcher for the 2011 North American Select Team for the CUP Tournament in the Netherlands. Also a third basemen, Kauffman is a two-time All-Lorain County honorable mention and was a conference second team selection in 2010.

"Salena is another hard-working student and athlete," Nicholson said. "She will be a great leader behind the plate for us. I can’t wait to see her develop over the next few years."

Woodard, an infielder and outfielder, led Elyria with a .459 batting average last spring. She hit 10 doubles, four triples and home runs and batted-in 18 runs last year. She will be the fifth Elyria grad to join the Vikings in the past four years, joining Megan Bashak, Andrea Nagy, Tess Sito and Ashlee Stolarski.

"Cynthia is built for strength, and that is what she has," Nicholson said. "Once she adjusts to the speed and strength of the college game, she will develop into an all-around player. I don’t think she’ll have any problem catching on to our style."

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