Nov. 15, 2010
UCLA head softball coach Kelly Inouye-Perez has announced the signings of a pair of future Bruins to National Letters of Intent. Joining the team in 2012 will be pitcher/first baseman Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove HS) and shortstop Stephany LaRosa (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar HS).
Ally Carda - Pitcher/First Base - Pleasant Grove HS - Elk Grove, Calif. - Lady Magic Club
As a junior at Pleasant Grove High School, Carda was named an Under Armour and ESPN RISE All-American, also earning Sacramento River Cats Softball Player of the Year accolades and her second consecutive All-City honor. She hit .512 with an .881 slugging percentage, adding four home runs, 15 doubles, 21 RBI and 33 runs scored. In the circle, she went 18-6 with a 0.54 earned run average, striking out 331 in 169 innings. Carda and Pleasant Grove posted a 20-7 record and went undefeated in winning its first Delta River League title. In her sophomore campaign, she was honored as an EA Sports All-American, Sacramento Bee Player of the Year, All-League and Team MVP, leading Pleasant Grove to its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championship. She hit .430 with nine homers and had a 0.73 ERA.
Carda is a member of the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team and helped the Red, White and Blue to a Gold Medal at the 2010 Pan American 18 and Under Championship, allowing no runs or hits with 14 strikeouts in six innings, while batting .353 with seven RBI and two stolen bases. Carda plays club with Lady Magic and helped her 16 and Under squad to a National Championship.
"Ally is the top pitcher in her class and also hits for power at the plate," Inouye-Perez said. "Ally helped the U.S. Junior National Team win gold and will impact our team immediately in 2012."
Stephany LaRosa - Shortstop - Diamond Bar HS - Diamond Bar, Calif. - Corona Angels Club
LaRosa has been touted as one of the top shortstops in Southern California. As a junior, she hit .514 with an .875 slugging percentage to go along with five home runs, 17 runs batted in, nine doubles and 16 runs scored. She was named first-team All-Sierra League, San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area and ESPN RISE All-State, also earning second-team All-CIF and third-team Daily Bulletin All-Valley honors. She led all Sierra League players in average, slugging and home runs and was named the Most Feared Hitter in Softball by the Los Angeles Times. The Brahmas' team captain was named her squad's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row.
As a sophomore, LaRosa hit .631 with a 1.046 slugging, seven homers, 18 RBI, six doubles and 17 runs scored. She led her league and all sophomores in the CIF Southern Section in average and slugging. LaRosa was named first-team All-CIF, All-State, All-Valley and All-Area and earned NFCA High School All-Region second-team accolades. LaRosa plays club with Corona Angels and helped her 18 and Under team to the ASA Champions Cup title in 2010.
"I look forward to getting Stephany in our lineup," Inouye-Perez said. "Stephany has great power and presence each time she steps into the box. Her versatility will be a strength in our infield in 2012."