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Nov 15, 2012 8:16 PM by Andrew Masuda

Earning her Stripes: Tigers ace Andrea Reynolds signs with UC Davis

Andrea Reynolds became the first San Luis Obispo High softball player since 2004 to sign a letter of intent to a Division I program on Thursday. Reynolds signed a NLI to UC Davis during the second day of the early national signing period.

Reynolds has been one of the Central Coast's most dominant pitchers since she made the Tigers varsity team as a freshman. She possesses a dominant change up that compliments her fastball. Reynolds is also the Tigers' leading hitter.

Reynolds says she picked UC Davis over Cal Poly and some out of state programs. She said she fell in love with the campus and team at UC Davis.

"Since I've been 11 years old it's been a goal for me and just hard work, extra time playing, getting out there, in the rain, whatever it takes it's just been a goal of mine. It was all just a process but Davis just really hit home," said Reynolds moments after signing her letter of intent.

The Aggies are coming off a third place finish in the Big West Conference where they went 14-7 in 2012. They went 24-28 overall.

Reynolds plans to major in chemistry with a focus on criminal justice or forensic lab.

The last Tiger softball player to sign with a Division I program was Katie Burkhart in 2004. The pitcher went on to win a NCAA Division I championship at Arizona State and set several program records.

Reynolds, Nipomo pitcher Courtney Cuzick and St. Joseph infielder Dana Bouquet all signed NLI's on Thursday. All three play on the same traveling club team the San Jose Sting, which is coached by Bob Perales.

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