Dover, Del. (Dec. 3, 2019) --Delaware State head softball coach Jeff Franquet has announced that four school standouts recently signed to attend the University and compete for the Hornets beginning next fall.

The signees are pitcher/ utility player McKenzie Yurcaba of Audubon (N.J.) High School, catcher McKenna Moore from Timber Creek (N.J.) Regional High School, pitcher Mayanah McIntosh of Frank J. Cicarell / Elizabeth (N.J.) High School, and infielder Madison Burnite of Gloucester Catholic (N.J.) High School.

 Yurcaba is a three-time All-Colonial Conference First Team selection. She has a combined .389 batting average, 94 hits with 195 strikeouts as a pitcher entering her senior season.  

She also has extensive travel ball experience, competing since 2013.

“McKenzie will bring instant depth to our pitching staff,” said Franquet. “She has a tremendous work ethic and will make an immediate impact on our program.”

Moore has been a starting varsity player since her freshman season.  She was nominated for New Jersey’s Best Softball Player Award after batting .385 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI as a sophomore. That season, Moore was selected to the Carpenter Cup All-Star Team and was an All-Olympic Conference Second Team pick. She batted .448 with four homers and 16 RBI during her junior season. She was selected to the All-Olympic First Team and named to the Carpenter Cup All-Star squad for the second year in a row.

According to Franquet, “McKenna has an explosive bat and possesses a strong arm from behind the plate.  She is extremely versatile and will bring a strong passion for the sport to our team.”

McIntosh is a highly decorated hurler at Cicarell / Elizabeth High School. Entering her senior year, she has 330 strikeouts in 321 innings pitched, while batting .350 at the plate.  McIntosh has also earned Elite 60+ MPH Club recognition and is a three-time Watchung  All-Conference selection. In addition, she is a USSSA National Fastpitch MVP and champion.

“Mayanah is a hard thrower who I expect to make an immediate impact for the Hornets. She has a tremendous upside and will be exciting to watch perform at DSU.”

Burnite has earned multiple All Tri-County First Team awards and is a team leader for a strong Gloucester Catholic program.

“Madison is a very athletic and talented infielder,” Franquet said.” She will bring a high level of skill to our infield and swings the bat very well.”

Franquet was hired as the seventh head softball coach at Delaware State last June.  

“I am very excited about this group of players coming in next fall,” he said. “ In my first recruiting class,  it was important for us to get talented athletes that have the same goals in mind.  We wanted to recruit athletes that understand family first, school second, and softball third.  This group is very gifted athletically, understands the commitment it takes to win, and will help us reach the goal of competing for Mid-Eastern Athletic  Conference championships.”

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