JUNIOR SEASON (2003)
Pitched a no-hitter against Jefferson State in the opening game of the 2003 UAB Fall Tournament ... started five games at first base and recorded 16 putouts and three assists ... finished the season with a .905 fielding percentage ... pitched in four games and registered a 1-1 overall record ... earned a 6-1 decision against cross-town rival Birmingham-Southern to clinch the title at the 2003 Magic City Classic ... made the first pitching start of her collegiate career against the eighth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Feb. 14 ... ended the year with a 4.67 ERA ... member of the 2003 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
JUNIOR COLLEGE (2001-02)
Attended Cosumnes River College in Elk Grove, Calif. ... earned two varsity letters ... named the two-year MVP ... earned the Hawk of the Year award for softball ... named to the Bay Valley Conference second team ... earned athlete of the week honors ... received the student athletic award ... named to the Dean's List both years.
HIGH SCHOOL (1997-00)
Attended Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, Calif. ... finished her high school career as a four-year varsity letterwinner ... named the LCHS Athlete of the Year, a three-year MVP and a four-time Athlete of the Week ... earned first-team all-league honors three times for pitching ... was a four-year academic award winner.
Full name is Tara Danielle Higashino ... born Sept. 20, 1982, in Lodi, Calif. ... a psychology major with a sociology minor ... daughter of Karen and Bryan Higashino.
Favorite TV Shows: Friends, Real World and Frasier
Favorite Movie: For Love of the Game
Favorite Foods: Spaghetti, sushi and Mexican food
Favorite Actors: Matthew McConnehey and Ben Affleck
Favorite Actress: Sandra Bullock