By Steven Shaff, St. Francis Ass't. A.D.
St. Francis senior Mel Baccay signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play softball at Michigan State on Wednesday.
“They have a family aspect to the program,” said Baccay. “I’ve built a really strong relationship not only with the girls on the team but with my coaches.”
Baccay, a resident of Elk Grove, will play for Jacquie Joseph, who has led the Spartan program since 1994 and amassed over 700 career wins and made four NCAA regional appearances.
|Mel Baccay, now a MSU Spartan|
“I was looking for schools that met both my academics and athletics needs,” Baccay said. “Michigan State being part of the Big10 has great athletics with the resources to be successful academically.”
Baccay was named to the All-Delta League first team as a junior and was the team’s Most Inspirational Player. She hit .571 in league play (4th-best) and posted a .447 overall mark for the season with a team-best tying 30 RBI.
She verbally committed to Michigan State during her sophomore year at St. Francis.
“I am so excited to sign,” said Baccay. “It has been so long. First there was the wait to get recruited and make a commitment, finding a school that is eight for me. Now that I have found it, making it official will make all the hard work worth it.”