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Following an official visit to the Greenville, S.C., campus of Furman University over the weekend, River Ridge ace pitcher Lakyn Shull gave a verbal commitment to play for the Paladins the senior confirmed this morning.
Shull, a 6-foot right-hander, was being recruited by and had offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Oregon, Loyola Marymount, La Salle, George Washington and Brown but was leaning toward Furman even before her visit. Her trip to Greenville seemed a mere formality.
"It's the nicest campus I've ever seen," Shull said via text message. "The coaches are great, and they have a genuine passion for the game. The team reminds me exactly of my River Ridge girls. That's what sealed the deal for me."
Shull is currently 6-1 for River Ridge with a 0.18 ERA and 47 strikeouts. Her lone loss came in a 1-0 defeat to Class 5A 2010 runner-up East Lake, a game in which Shull went the distance and gave up only three hits. At the plate, Shull is batting .438 with five doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs.
Last season, Shull was 15-3 with a 1.27 ERA and was named to the St. Petersburg Times' all-North Suncoast first team.
Division I Furman plays in the Southern Conference. Shull joins Kayla Suskauer, another bay area product who starred at Plant, on the Paladins' roster. Suskauer, also a right-handed pitcher, is a sophomore at Furman.