CHICAGO – Rebeka Ferguson, a junior transfer from Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne (IPFW), recently signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar softball program. The Chatham, Ill., native also played one season (2013) at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill., before spending her sophomore season with the Mastodons in Fort Wayne. Ferguson plays shortstop and had a standout prep career at Glenwood High School in Chatham.
Ferguson is the daughter of Bill and Donna Ferguson. She was coached by John Bassett during both her one-year stints at IPFW and Heartland Community College. After her junior season at Glenwood, Ferguson was named the 2011 Central State Eight (CS8) Softball Player of the Year by the State Journal-Register after hitting .455 for the season with four home runs and 42 RBI. In her season with IPFW this past spring, she hit .250 with 25 hits, including eight doubles. Ferguson also totaled 158 putouts with a fielding percentage of .961 with the Mastodons. At Heartland, she was named the 2013 Mid-West Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and to the All-Region First Team after hitting .441 last year with a .574 slugging percentage and a .507 on-base percentage. Ferguson scored 77 times, while driving in 59 runs and stealing 29 bases.
"Beka is a proven difference maker at the collegiate level," said SXU softball coach Myra Minuskin. "She has the ability, both offensively and defensively, to help us compete among the elite teams in the nation."