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McCracken's Roof opts for Campbellsville

By Daniel Paulling dpaulling@paducahsun.com

The fourth - and final - Roof sibling has found her college.

McCracken County graduate Jacqueline Roof will sign to play softball at Campbellsville University, an in-state NAIA program in Campbellsville. Her older brothers Eric, Jonathan and Shawn all played baseball, the first two at Michigan State and the latter at Illinois.

Jacqueline Roof will join Neely Quint at Campbellsville. The team's two lone seniors, they helped the Lady Mustangs to a 40-7 record and the final game of the state tournament.

"Neely saved us at the state tournament, and Jacqueline led us at the state tournament," Lady Mustangs coach Tony Hayden said. "It's going to be a big loss."

Roof batted .436 with a .595 on-base percentage, collected 47 RBIs and scored 50 runs, while Quint went 10-3 with a 1.83 ERA. The Kentucky Softball Coaches Association named Roof the Class 3A Player of the Year and the First Region Player of the Year.

She says she chose Campbellsville over Union College because she would've been academically ineligible her freshman season at Union and that Campbellsville displayed the most interest in recruiting her.

Campbellsville finished 44-21 and 26-10 in the Mid-South Conference. Its 44 wins set a program record, and the Lady Tigers were eliminated in the losers' bracket quarterfinals of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) tournament.

Roof says she expects immediate playing time at either second base or shortstop.

"I hope I can contribute a lot my first year," she said. "I know it's far from home, but it will be a good experience. I thought it was a great school."

Call Daniel Paulling, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8662, or follow on Twitter @DanielPaulling.

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