Nov. 21, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State softball head coach Jen Fisher announced on Wednesday the signings of four players to National Letters of Intent (NLIs) during the NCAA’s fall early signing period.
The Rams added a trio of in-state talents in Taryn Arcese, Haley Hutton and Kristyn Peters, and Larisa Petakoff, a native of Downey, Calif.
“Overall, we feel we have added a remarkable amount of talent that will step in and be competitive right away,” said Fisher of the Rams’ latest recruiting class. “Our staff put in a lot of long nights and weekends to secure such a stellar class and I want to thank them for their efforts.
“Not only do we have an athletically talented class, more importantly we have added proven students and reliable, trustworthy people of high character. I really cannot say enough about the type of young people that we will welcome to CSU. They will fit in nicely with our current roster of student-athletes, who have already laid out a strong foundation of what we want our program to be about.”
Arcarese joins the Rams from Discovery Canyon High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she led the Thunder to league championships and state tournament berths in 2009, 2011 and 2012. As a sophomore in 2010, she was named the Colorado Springs Metro League (CSML) Defensive Player of the Year before earning Conference Player of the Year honors in 2011 (CSML) and 2012 (Pikes Peak Athletic Conference).
“Taryn is a dynamite leader, and all-around player and person,” said Fisher. “She will provide us with necessary versatility, in that she has great hands in the infield, speed and instincts on the bases, and power and consistency at the plate. She comes to us with a great deal of outstanding coaching in her high school and club programs and we expect that her transition into Division I college softball will go smoothly.”
Hutton, regarded as one of the top players in Colorado, comes to CSU with a pair of state championships to her credit after leading Valley High School in Gilcrest, Colo., to titles in 2010 and 2011, and a runner-up finish in 2012. A four-time all-state honoree, Hutton is a third-generation student-athlete at Colorado State, as her grandfather Fred Oglesby (football), uncle Luke Oglesby (baseball) and mother Christine Hutton (softball) all competed for the Rams, and her older sister Taylor is currently a sophomore on the softball team. As a senior at VHS in 2012, Hutton hit set a school hitting .513 at the plate without a single strikeout, and cemented her place as the school’s career-record holder in batting average, hits, runs, triples, home runs and walks.
“Haley is a gifted athlete, the likes of which our program hasn’t seen since Sarah Fredstrom or Teri Klement-Goldberg, whom Haley’s mother played with,” added Fisher. “It is so exciting to see this generation of student-athlete, whose mothers played college athletics. Anyone who watches Haley play can see that she is a dynamic player who drives those around her to another level. We are very excited that she has chosen Colorado State.”
Petakoff comes to Colorado State after anchoring the pitching staff at Calvary Chapel High School in Downey, Calif. She has earned three-straight all-CIF Southern Section Alpha League selections and was named the league MVP as a freshman in 2010 and again as a junior in 2012. Petakoff led the Grizzlies to three consecutive league championships and guided her squad to the 2011 CIF Southern Section Division 6 state championship where she earned championship game MVP accolades. The state championship marked the first for the softball program at Calvary Chapel High School. Last season, Petakoff posted a 0.85 ERA winning 23 games in 25 appearances and striking out 188 batters.
“Larisa was a highly recruited pitcher out of southern California, who simply fit our program in every way,” said Fisher. “She is an outstanding student, as well as a fierce competitor. She will be a tremendous force and leader in the circle, and is no stranger to being under intense pressure. The tougher the opponent, the more Larisa enjoys the game. Larisa will primarily pitch for us, but she continues to prove herself as an all-around softball player, hitting and playing a position when she’s not pitching for her club team.”
Peters, is a versatile player and former pitcher, who has logged time at second base and in the outfield for the Dakota Ridge Eagles in Littleton, Colo. She is the third in-state prospect who will join the Rams in 2013-14. Peters, who began her prep career at Green Mountain High School, led the Eagles to a 22-3 overall record as a senior in 2012, hitting .494 with a .533 on-base percentage, 38 runs scored and 34 RBIs.
“Kristyn is another student-athlete who has an uncanny knack for raising the level of those around her and her enthusiasm for CSU Softball is inspiring,” said Fisher. “She packs a lot of pop at the plate, but has a great combination of power and quickness. It takes a unique athlete to be able to move between infield and outfield, but Kristyn can do just that and do it well. She, along with Taryn Arcarese, will be very valuable assets with their adaptability.”
“Finding the right fit is not always easy, but we feel strongly that these four match exactly what we are looking for in terms of character, academics, and athletic ability,” added Fisher. “I’m very excited to watch them grow and to see what individual and team goals they will be able to accomplish in their time at Colorado State. I appreciate their commitment and enthusiasm for our program and our university.”