DePaul Softball adds Four Signees for the 2019 Season
Nov. 14, 2017

CHICAGO – Head softball coach Eugene Lenti announced Tuesday that four new Blue Demons, including Nikki Cuchran, Riley Holmgren, Gabby O’Riley, and Taylor Young, have signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Blue Demons’ 2019 roster.

Nikki Cuchran
had a storied career with Montini Catholic High School softball program where she was a three-time All-State, All-Area, and All-Conference recipient.  Cuchran, who was a member of the Beverly Bandits travel team, was named the 2017 Daily Herald Player of the Year for Illinois and was also the Conference Player of the Year in 2017.  Cuchran was the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year runner-up in 2016-17.  She intends to major in psychology or business at DePaul.

Riley Holmgren comes to DePaul as a three-time All-Academic honoree from Roland-Story Community High School who intends to major in criminology at DePaul. As a member of the Iowa Premier Fastpitch Gold traveling team, Holmgren was named a SCOUT All-American in 2016 and 2017.

Gabby O’Riley is a Mooreville High School (Indiana) standout that carried a .450 batting average through her three years of secondary level softball.  She was named MHS’s MVP in 2015 and 2016 and also received All-Conference selections during the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons.  O’Riley, a catcher and third baseman, was named to the American Life Insurance All-USA Indy-Area Softball Super Team in 2017.  She is a member of the Beverly Bandits traveling team where she is teammates with fellow signees Taylor Young and Cuchran.

Taylor Young plans to major in education and minor in special education while at DePaul. The middle infielder, utility player combination is currently a senior at Providence Catholic High School. Young has been an honor student and a standout performer for the PCHS softball team for the past three years, receiving First Team All-Area, First Team All-Conference, and First Team All-State honors. She is a member of the Beverly Bandits traveling team where she is teammates with fellow signees O’Riley and Cuchran.

The Blue Demons will open the 2018 season Feb. 9-11 at the Total Control Invitational in Rosemont, Ill.



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