SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo head softball coach Christi Wade has announced the signing of two players during the NCAA’s early signing period.

The Lions, who are coming off their fifth regional appearance this decade, have added valuable talent to the squad. The class includes Riverview high school pitcher/middle infielder Katie Gwinn and Manatee Community College utility player Sarah Boyd.

Gwinn's play on the field speaks for itself. In 2006, she helped lead her high school to the Kissimmee Klassic Tournament Championship and the Riverview high school Spring Fling consolation championship. Her impressive helped her earn many individual honors, including being named second team All-Western Conference-National Division and Tampa Tribune All-County team honorable mention.

In 2007, she helped her high school teammates repeat at the Kissimmee Klassic where she took home Outstanding Defensive player honors. She was later named  to the All-Western Conference-Federal Division honorable mention team  as well as the Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County honorable mention team.

This past season she pitched four shutouts and posted a 1.45 earn run average while not committing a defensive error all season. Named the 2008 captain of her team, she led Riverview to fifth place finish at the Kissimmee Klassic and is currently a member of the Tampa Mustangs-Hollie travel ball team.

Gwinn is just as talented in the classroom as she is out on the field. She will be graduating this spring with honors and a 5.14 grade point average while being named a member of the National Quill and Scroll Honor Society.

In addition to Gwinn, the Lions signed Manatee Community College sophomore standout, Sarah Boyd. Saint Leo has reaped the rewards from MCC’s talented brigade in past years and Boyd looks to follow in those footsteps.

In high school, Boyd was named first team All-Conference and All-State, breaking the school record for most runs in a season.

She immediately found success at the junior college level and in the spring of ’08, Boyd hit a solid .400, knocking in 44 runs and stealing 10 bases. She finished only three votes behind teammate and now Saint Leo outfielder Tiffinee Harvey for National Junior College player of the year.

Both are excited to continue the Lions winning tradition and look forward to competition beginning in 2010.