Ruechel Adds 12 In Inaugural Signing Class

UB Softball Huddle

BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo softball interim head coach Mike Ruechel announced the signing of 12 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2019-20 softball season. The class includes six New York athletes, three Canadians, two from Ohio, and one from Virginia.

"I'm excited to continue to build upon what we started last year," said Ruechel. "We have seen tremendous growth with our current freshman class from the beginning to the end of this fall. I'm confident this class will follow suit. We're bringing in a lot of competitive athletes who will help us to continue building something special here in Buffalo."

New York

Sydney Bielicki

Hometown- Orchard Park, NY

Travel Team- NY Inferno

Positions- Middle Infield

High School- Orchard Park High School

 HS Stats- GP: 38 AVG: .463 OBP: .532 H: 44 RBI: 18 R: 28

Brianna Castro

Hometown- New Hyde Park, NY 

Travel Team- Long Island Demarini 

Positions- Middle Infield

 High School- Holy Trinity High School

 2017 All NSCHSGAA 2017 Golden Glove Award 2016 All NSCHSAA Varsity Letters

Toni Cunningham

Hometown- Geneva, NY 

Travel Team- Rochester Lady Lions

Position- Middle Infield

High School- Geneva High School 

2017 Section V Athlete of the week 2017 MVP of year for softball 2017 Athlete of the month of May for Geneva High Section V Championships Cheerleader 3 years in a row

Cara Leone

Hometown- Williamsville, NY

 Travel Team- NY Inferno

Position – Right handed pitcher

High School- Williamsville East High School

Kacey Pearce

Hometown- Attica, NY

Travel Team- NY Inferno

Position- Catcher/Utility

High School- Attica Senior High School

Abigail Vincent

Hometown- East Amherst, NY 

Travel Team- Diamond Girlz

 Positions- Catcher/Utility

High School- Williamsville North High



Madelyn Hickingbottom

Hometown- Glen Williams, Ontario Canada

Travel Team- 222's Original Fast Pitch 

Position – Right handed pitcher

High School- Georgetown District High School

Alexis Lucyshyn

Hometown- Calgary, Alberta Canada

Travel Team- 222's Original Fast Pitch 

Position – Left handed pitcher

High School- Bishop Grandin High School

Mykaela Martin

Hometown- Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Travel Team- 222's Original Fast Pitch 

Position – Left handed pitcher

High School- Mother Margaret Mary High School



Tigan Braskie

Hometown- Hebron, Ohio 

Travel Team- Ohio Hawks Gold

Position – First base

High School- Lakewood High School

In her junior Year All-Ohio First Team by the Ohio High School Fast pitch Softball Coaches Association with a .563 AVG 8 HR 52 RBI

Hannah Smith

Hometown- Garrettsville, OH

Travel Team- OH Lasers Silver

Position - Catcher

High School- James A. Garfield High School

1st Team All Conference(sophomore), two year Scholar Athlete, 2nd Team All-Northeast Ohio Catcher(sophomore), 2nd Team All Conference (freshman) , Honorable Mention All-Northeast Ohio ( freshman) , two year Letter Winner , two year Offensive Player of the Year



Sara Holland

Hometown- Great Falls, VA 

Travel Team- Virginia Glory

Position - Outfield

High School- Dominion High School