Pinelands' Neuweiler signs with Texas A&M-Commerce

Pinelands' Neuweiler signs with Texas A&M-Commerce

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Pinelands' Neuweiler signs with Texas A&M-Commerce

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It’s not often a Shore Conference softball player goes to Texas to play collegiately at any level.

But Pinelands pitcher Emma Neuweiler received such an opportunity and took it, signing a National Letter of Intent to play at Texas A&M-Commerce starting in the fall.

“I had other options and I visited other schools, including Queens University in North Carolina,” Neuweiler said Friday following a signing ceremony. “And I was going to sign with Queens, but the coach at Texas A&M-Commerce emailed me and asked if I wanted to go down there for a tryout. After the tryout, they asked if I wanted to go there and I said yes.”

Splitting time in the circle with teammate Naomi Stas, Neuweiler last season helped lead Pinelands to a 23-7 record by going 13-4 with a 0.98 ERA and 137 strikeouts. Neuweiler is one of four pitchers Texas A&M-Commerce is bringing in for its inaugural Division II season in 2015.

“The campus is being redone and there are a whole bunch of new buildings,” Neuweiler said. “The whole softball complex is completely new, and there are some really good things happening there. They never had softball before, so it’s going to be awesome. It will be really cool to be part of that first team.”

Neuweiler is the only New Jerseyan among A&M-Commerce head coach Richie Bruister’s first recruiting class, which is represented by players from four other states, including Texas, Hawaii, Idaho and Washington. Neuweiler, who was born in China and lives in New Gretna, believes she will fit in well at A&M-Commerce and play well at the Division II level.

“I don’t really have concerns about playing in Division II, because I know a lot of people I’ve played in travel ball throughout my career have gone onto Division II,” she said. “I know it’s going to be challenging, but I think I’m ready for it.”

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