HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University head softball coach Natalie Layden has announced the addition of transfers Becca Burchette and BriAnna Schrimpf for the upcoming 2016 season.
A native of Gas City, Indiana and a 2013 graduate of Mississinewa High School, Burchette has elected to join the Lady Railsplitters after spending the first two seasons of her collegiate career at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
A 5-8 middle infielder, Burchette accounted for three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI during her 2014 campaign with the Trojans, headlined by a career-best 6 RBI outburst against Marian College.
During Burchette’s prep career, she was thrice named to the All-Central Indiana Conference first team. She was also selected as a member of the Indiana North All-Star team in 2013, becoming only the third player in school history to accomplish that feat.
A four-sport athlete, Burchette was tabbed as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Indiana Female Athlete of the Year in 2013. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Burchette, the daughter of Mike and Lisa Burchette, will be majoring in Business during her stay at Lincoln Memorial. Becca’s father, Mike, played baseball at LMU and graduated in 1972.
A catcher and third base combo, Schrimpf will transfer to LMU from South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona., where she finished with a .318 batting average, 17 home runs, 52 RBI and 39 runs scored, ranking eighth in the NJCAA Division II in homers. Schrimpf was named to the All-ACCAC honorable mention squad at the completion of the 2015 season.
Schrimpf’s athletic resume is impressive, but she is even more accomplished in the classroom. A member of the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, Schrimpf was the valedictorian of the 2015 class at South Mountain, completing her tenure with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She was an NFCA Academic All-American and the winner of the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.
Schrimpf transferred to South Mountain CC from Phoenix College, where she was also named to the NFCA Academic All-America team. Prior to that, Schrimpf graduated from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona. During her senior season, Schrimpf was recognized as the Tempe All-City Athlete of the Year.
She is the daughter of RoseAnne and Steve Schrimpf.
Despite absorbing a significant sum of injuries, the Lady Railsplitters completed the 2015 season with a 24-24 record, aided by a 10-4 stretch to end the regular season. LMU played their way into the second-to-last day of the South Atlantic Conference Championship after defeating both Anderson and Wingate. The Lady Railsplitters will return eight letterwinners from last season’s squad.