EDWARDSVILLE – Talisa Morton (Fenton, Missouri) will become a member of the SIUE softball family beginning this fall to play for the Cougars.
Morton appeared in four games last season at Indiana State. She will have three years of eligibility with SIUE.
"I think for her she wants a new start and wants to win," said SIUE head coach Sandy Montgomery. "Any time we find kids who are competitive, want to win, and can bring something to your program you are lacking, we're going to go for it."
SIUE softball is coming off an impressive 43-win season. The Cougars earned their first Ohio Valley Conference regular season title in 2015.
Morton previously was a standout at Rockwood Summit High School, where she was a four-year starter. She capped off her prep career with a .470 batting average and a .506 on-base percentage during her senior season. She bats from the left side and throws right-handed.
"She can play the middle infield," said Montgomery. "She is pretty fast and is a slapper. I think she handles the bat well and has good placement with what she is trying to do."
The team's Most Valuable Player and Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, she also was a two-time All-Conference and All-District selection. Her prep resume includes three team Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Morton played three seasons (2012-2014) with the St. Louis Worth Prospects, leading the 2014 team to a third-place showing at the 18U ASA/USA Nationals. She played three seasons with the St. Louis Angels (2010-2012) and helped the Angels to a 17th-place finish at the 2011 ASA/USA Nationals.
A projected psychology major, she is the daughter of Jeff and Pam Morton.