|Amanda Ellis - 22
JUNIOR SEASON (2003)
Finished the year tied for second in Conference USA in triples (3) ... constantly found ways to get on base for the Blazers and led the league in getting hit by pitches (8) ... threw out a C-USA-leading 27 attempted base-stealers and tied for first in the conference in runners picked off (5) ... ranked among the top-45 players in the conference in batting average (.226) ... placed sixth in C-USA in putouts (300) ... led the team in both triples (3) and walks (16) ... finished second on the team in doubles (11) and fourth in slugging percentage (.404) ... started all 56 games for the Blazers ... recorded a team-high .462 average when leading off an inning ... helped lead the Blazers to the 2003 Samford Fall Tournament title as she finished the two-day competition with a .400 batting average, a double, a triple and seven RBI.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2002)
Played in a total of 61 games and started in 59 ... finished with a stellar .968 fielding percentage and registered 69 assists ... ended the year with a .197 batting average and scored 17 runs on 27 hits ... recorded one triple and five doubles while totaling 15 RBI for the season ... notched 43 total bases and accumulated 11 walks and four stolen bases ... laid down two critical sacrifice bunts during the season ... finished the year with an on-base percentage of .272 and a slugging percentage of .314.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2001)
Played in 56 games and started 51 for the Blazers during the 2001 season ... named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team ... finished the season with a .973 fielding percentage, a .233 batting average and a .287 slugging percentage ... ranked second on the team in triples with three ... recorded one double and scored 113 runs.
HIGH SCHOOL (1997-00)
Named the Mobile Register's Player of the Year ... received all-county honors in all four years of high school, 1998-00 ... named Satsuma High School's Female Athlete of the Year ... earned the softball team's MVP honor in 2000 ... posted a .400 batting average as a senior ... led her team to the area championship title in both her sophomore and junior seasons ... also played basketball and volleyball ... graduated with honors.
Full name is Amanda Nicole Ellis ... born Jan. 30, 1982, in Mobile, Ala. ... major is physical education/fitness leadership ... daughter of Anita Willingham.
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Musical Groups: Sister Hazel and 3 Doors Down
Who have had the biggest influences on your career: My mom, grandparents and brother
Favorite Actor: Matthew McConnehey
Favorite Actress: Jennifer Anniston