May 29, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State softball head coach Cindy Ball announced the addition of pitcher/infielder and Russia National Team member Tatiana Sorokina (Moscow, Russia/Howard College) and pitcher Elisa Villavicencio-Perez (Modesto, Calif./Enochs HS) Friday.
Sorokina has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Broncos, while Perez will walk-on to the team. Both student-athletes will join the Broncos for the 2015-16 school year and 2016 season.
Sorokina, who will be a junior in 2016 after two seasons at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, played for Russia at the ISF Women's Softball World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands in August 2014. There, she batted .381 (8-for-21), second-best on the team, with a double and two RBI as Russia went 2-5 in group play.
In July 2013 Sorokina helped Russia qualify for the world championship event with a fourth-place finish at the European Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.
At Howard College, she helped the Hawks to the 2015 NJCAA Division I National Tournament, where Howard went 4-2 before being eliminated in the semifinals of the loser's bracket. Sorokina appeared in 36 games for the Hawks, batting .423 with nine doubles, a home run, 21 RBI and 33 runs scored. She also stole 16 bases and posted an on-base percentage of .496.
In 2014 she was named All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) honorable mention after batting .337 with 64 hits, 15 doubles, a home run, 31 RBI and 62 runs scored.
Perez, from Enochs High School in Modesto, Calif., will walk on to the Bronco squad this coming season. The righty was named Modesto Metro Conference Most Valuable Player this past Tuesday, as she boasts a record of 16-5 with a 2.17 ERA and 160 strikeouts headed into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Her performance in the circle has helped the Eagles to a 17-8 overall record and the Metro Conference title with an 11-1 mark.
At the plate, Perez batted .423 with a pair of doubles, a home run and 10 RBI.
Last season, Perez went 10-3 for the Eagles, following up a sophomore campaign where she won six varsity games.