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Virginia softball announces four new recruits

The Virginia softball team announced Thursday that four recruits have signed Nationals letters of intent to enroll at the University beginning in the fall of 2013. Middle infielders Ariana Hawkins and Lindsay Mayer, outfielder Iyana Hughes and catcher Katie Park will join the Cavaliers for the 2014 season.

Hawkins, a native of Mountain House, California, hit .583 with 14 doubles and 28 RBI in 2012 at John C. Kimball High School. Hawkins was named co-MVP of the Valley Oak League after earning the honor in 2011.

Mayer, a three-time All-Rhode Island First Team performer, led Lincoln High School to the state championship in 2011. She was named Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year that season after hitting .450.

Like Hawkins, Hughes was a standout player in the Valley Oak League. The outfielder, who was a travel team teammate of Hawkins, led Sierra High School in Manteca, California to the San-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship in 2011 and was named Modesto Bee Player of the Year.

Park, a catcher and outfielder at Xavier College Preparatory Catholic High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, earned the Fiesta Region Play of the Year as a sophomore and honorable mention All-Arizona in 2012.

The Cavaliers finished 26-25 in 2012 and 8-13 in ACC play. Virginia will begin its 2013 season Feb. 8 against Robert Morris in Buies Creek, N.C. at the Campbell Tournament.

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