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Two players have signed to play softball for the University of Central Arkansas.

Pitcher/outfielder Cassidy Rash from Crystal River, Fla. and Shayleen Ristau, a corner infielder from Denton, Texas will join the Bears for the 2010 season.

Rash comes to UCA after spending her freshman year at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. She went 7-2 with two saves and a 2.61 earned run average in 22 appearances on the mound. Rash recorded 23 strikeouts in 61.2 innings and held opponents to a .248 batting average. She also hit .375 in eight at-bats at the plate. Rash helped the Eagles to a 47-9 record and a first place tie in the Atlantic Sun.

At Crystal River High School, Rash was a two-time All-Florida selection and named Citrus County Player of the Year three times. She was the 2008 St. Pete Tri-County Player of the Year and a four-time all-county selection.

Ristau spent two seasons at Paris Junior College in Texas and was a first team All-Region selection as a sophomore. She hit .374 with 18 home runs, 50 runs scored and 59 RBI in 2009. Ristau helped the Dragons to a 42-13 record as a sophomore. During her freshman season, she hit .410 with four home runs and 24 RBI. Ristau went to Billy Ryan High School in Denton.