Sherman's McCollum Headed to SOSU

6-4-07 - Southeastern Oklahoma State coach Ron Faubion continued the rebuilding of a roster decimated by the graduation of six seniors last season.

Murray State College's Kristi Russell, Eastern Oklahoma State's Jaclyn Mullaney and Lissette McCollum of Bossier Parish Community College signed National Letters of Intent Monday to suit up for the Savage Storm next spring.

"Kristi, Jaclyn and Lissette bring a lot of speed to the lineup and add to the depth of the roster," Faubion said. "Each are also excellent students to add to the complete package."

Russell earned NJCAA second-team All-America honors at Murray State this season after completing an outstading prep career at Plainview High School, where she was a two-time conference defensive player of the year and was a member of a state 1,600-meter relay champion.

A native of Mannsvill e, Okla., Russell earned all-area and all-state recognition as a pitcher for the Lady Indians.

Mullaney, a third basman, hit .367 this season for Eastern Oklahoma State with four homers and 21 RBIs after helping the Mountaineers to a national tournament appearance as a freshman after hitting .323 with six homers and 37 RBIs.

Mullaney, a native of El Reno, Okla., was teammates with current SOSU standouts Lesley Boyd and Ashley Graham at Eastern Oklahoma State.

McCollum makes the move closer to home after posting an 18-4 record while hitting .367 and driving in 44 runs for Bossier Parish this spring after completing a steallar prep career at Sherman High School. She will give the Savage Storm a rare left-handed option in the circle while competing for time at first base.

The signings of Russell, Mullaney and McCollum bring the total count of signings for the 2007 class to nine.

The Savage Storm, who have won eight LSC North Division titles and fou r overall LSC championships closed the 2007 season with five-straight wins to finish with a 30-25 record.