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      Ellisha Humphrey
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Knoxville, Tenn.

High School:
Halls H.S.

Height:
5-7

Position:
OF

Birthdate:
06/16/1982

B/T:
R/R

THE WEEKLYS ON HUMPHREY:

"Ellisha is an extremely versatile athlete who has played every position on the field in competition except first base. She has outstanding speed and possesses one of the strongest arms we have ever seen. Ellisha has shown a penchant for delivering timely hits and her diving, over-the-shoulder grab against Auburn to keep the game alive was an amazing play."

TENNESSEE HIGHLIGHTS

AS A JUNIOR (2003): Established a single-season high with 62 starts and appeared in all 70 games...Took over the shortstop duties after Danielle Arriaga's season-ending knee injury and drew 46 starting assignments...Also made 16 starts on the hot corner...Turned in a career-best batting average of .265 and was the club's leader with 11 sacrifices...Hit .206 in Southeastern Conference action...
CAREER HIGHS
At Bats:5 vs. Georgia (5/10/03) & Florida A&M (2/8/02)
Runs:2 (six times)
Hits:3 vs. Belmont (3/5/03) & Florida A&M (2/8/02)
Hit Streak:11 games (4/26-5/10/03)
Runs Batted In:4 vs. Belmont (3/5/03)
Doubles:1 (11 times)
Home Runs:1 (four times)
Walks:1 (21 times)
Stolen Bases:2 vs. Florida A&M (2/8/02)
2003 HIGHS
At Bats:5 vs. Georgia (5/10)
Runs:2 vs. Mississippi (5/3) & Princeton (3/20)
Hits:3 vs. Belmont (3/5)
Hit Streak:11 games (4/26-5/10)
Runs Batted In:4 vs. Belmont (3/5)
Doubles:1 (eight times)
Home Runs:1 vs. Princeton (3/20) & Belmont (3/5)
Walks:1 (seven times)
Stolen Bases:1 (five times)


Was 5-for-8 on the basepaths last spring, moving her to 10th on the school's lists for steals (18) and attempts (24)...Wound up two RBI shy of her career high of 13 set in 2002...Extended her hitting streak to 11 games with a double in the first inning against No. 7 Georgia in the SEC Tournament...Later scored her team's initial run on a two-bagger by Kristi Durant...Was 12-for-36 (.333) during the stretch...Closed out the regular season with a 3-for-10 (.300) effort versus Ole Miss...Sent the second game of the Auburn series to extra innings with a sprawling catch in shallow left field as the apparent winning run crossed the plate...Effort garnered her the Jimmy Chitwood Defensive Player of the Game accolade, and the grab was replayed several times for viewers watching the game on Comcast Sports Southeast...Scored the go-ahead run against Kentucky April 9 on Lauren Mattox's triple...Roped a two-run double in the 9-1 shellacking of Liberty on March 29 but was gunned down attempting to take third base on the play...Went 2-for-6 against Mississippi State, including a two-run single in the final game...Socked her second home run of the season in the 11-5 romp over Princeton and wound up 1-for-2 in the game...Belted four hits in six opportunities versus Belmont on March 5...Set a career high with a 3-for-3 outing in the first game and established a personal standard with four RBI in the nightcap, highlighted by her first homer of the season, a three-run shot...Made several top-notch defensive plays which enabled her to take both the Jimmy Chitwood Offensive and Defensive Player of the Game awards for the initial time...Hit .286 (2-for-7) in Miami during the Golden Panther Invitational...Was 2-for-3 and scored a run in 12-5 win over Furman on March 1...Registered second-highest batting average on the Las Vegas trip, as she was 3-for-6 (.500)...Delivered a single in the championship-clinching win against Syracuse...Earned first Jimmy Chitwood Award of the year with a 2-for-3 showing against the Orangewomen the previous day...Scored two runs during the Triple Crown Invitational...Making her first appearance at third base, the Knoxvillian hit .286 (2-for-7) at the California Tournament, highlighted by a 2-for-2 effort in the 5-3 edging of San Jose State...Singled to right in the fourth frame but was nabbed trying to take second base...Her double to right center in the sixth matched her two-bagger output from the previous campaign...Also drew a walk in that game.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2002): Made 59 starts and batted .204 overall and .188 in Southeastern Conference play...Led the Lady Vols with a total of 12 sacrifices on 10 sac hits and two sac flies...Ranked second behind Blaine Teasley with nine stolen bases in 11 attempts...Totaled five appearances as a pitcher and was 0-0 with a 9.55 earned run average in 11 innings...Went 2-for-4 in the finale with South Carolina...Made the first start of her career in the circle in game two at Alabama State...Worked 2.1 innings and gave up three hits and a pair of runs, while striking out three...Received a no-decision in a game won by her sister Stephanie...Credited with an inside-the-park HR in the opener with ASU...Ended up 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs against the Lady Hornets...Made first appearance as pitcher in a relief role at No. 17 Alabama...Worked four frames and gave up three runs on three hits...Launched the first home run of her career at any level with a solo shot in the third inning of game two against fourth-ranked LSU...Was 2-for-3 against Georgia's Lacey Gardner in the opener, including an RBI single that drove in the game's first run... Contributed a team-best 3-for-7 (.429) showing in Athens...Scored two runs against Ole Miss and went 2-for-3 in the final game of the series...Lone hit of the Cavalier Classic was a hard single off All-American Kristen Dennis of Virginia...One of several players with multiple hits against Drexel, as she ended up 2-for-3...Was 2-for-4 and had two runs batted in at Tennessee State in game one on Feb. 19...Responsible for UT's lone run in a 2-1 heartbreaker to Minnesota in the semifinal round of the Triangle Classic...Had reached base after legging out an infield dribbler...Steady play at Austin Peay yielded a 2-for-6 result with a pair of runs...Caught her sister Stephanie for the first time in her career during the opener...Tallied a .294 (5-for-17) batting average at the Triple Crown Invitational...Went 3-for-5 with two runs and a couple of RBI against Florida A&M...Swiped two bases in the victory over the Lady Rattlerettes...Made her starting debut at shortstop during the Louisville Slugger Tournament and made several strong defensive plays on the weekend...Doubled down the left field line in the 4-4 tie against No. 25 South Florida and also lofted the first sacrifice fly of her career against the Bulls...Singled to left field in the season opener off All-American Nicole Myers of Florida Atlantic.

AS A FRESHMAN (2001): The Knoxvillian managed 30 starts in right field and stole four bases in five attempts...Started the first two games at Florida and had a single in five at bats...Also started twice at Auburn and poked a single in five plate appearances...Started two of the three games versus No. 4 Alabama and made several nice defensive plays...Was injured in the final game against the Crimson Tide when she was spiked diving into third base...Ranked second on the unit with a .333 (5-for-15) batting average at the Islander Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas...Doubled against both No. 16 Oregon State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi...Was 2-for-3 with a pair of outfield assists in the third inning against the tourney hosts...Also singled and snagged second base in the first win over TAMU-CC.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner on the softball team at Halls High School, where she captained the squad as a senior...The Red Devils once again competed in the state tourney after finishing third in '99...Earned a berth on the 2000 All-Knoxville Interscholastic League team...Made all-state as a utility player and was an all-state tournament selection...Chosen as the Knoxville News-Sentinel Player of the Week two consecutive times as a senior...Batted a robust .427 and compiled an 11-4 mark in the circle in her final campaign...Tied her sister's school record of 16 strikeouts in one game...Competed for Head Coach Mike Mayfield and the TSK White Lightning during the summer...Traveled to such events as the Ohio SluggerFest, Dynamite Classic and the Boulder (Colo.) Independence Day Tourney...Her club qualified for ASA nationals in 1996, 1999 and 2000...Also lettered in basketball and swimming...Member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Future Farmers of America and Key Club.

PERSONAL: Majoring in exercise science...Hopes to work with children...Considers greatest thrill as being able to play Division I softball on the same team as her sister...Sports the same number as three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox...Never fails to wear glitter when she plays...Served as the homecoming queen and was chosen as the most athletic female in her graduating class...Admires softball standout Dot Richardson, since she is a doctor, yet still found time to be an outstanding player...Hobbies include hunting, fishing, riding horses and drawing...Always has her hair braided in pig-tails on the diamond...Her older sister Stephanie, 23, serves as the Lady Vols' student assistant coach...Also has a younger brother, Cody, 19, who wrestles at Carson-Newman College...Ellisha Lynn Humphrey was born June 16, 1982, in Knoxville...Her parents are Steve and Vickie Humphrey.

HUMPHREY'S CAREER STATISTICS

YEARAVGGP-GSABRHRBI2B3BHRSBSBABBSOHBPSFSHTBSLG%OB%
2001.14049-30575812004532000310.175.183
2002.20459-591672434131029111125221041.246.258
2003.26570-6213619361180258727101150.368.306
TOT..217178-1513604878251104182421723224101.281.264

GETTING TO KNOW ELLISHA

Nicknames:
>>> E, Glitter Girl, Barbie
I wear number "45" because...
>>> of Pedro Martinez on the Boston Red Sox
Favorite song:
>>> Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
Favorite TV show:
>>> Will & Grace
Favorite class at UT:
>>> Anatomy
Person in history you'd like to meet:
>>> Jesus Christ
First thing you'd do if you were head coach for a day:
>>> Take all the players to a paint ball field and go at it with them
Person you would most like to trade places with for a day:
>>> Santa Claus
Teammate who has the best sense of humor:
>>> Kim Anders
People who have most influenced your athletic career:
>>> My parents and Mike Mayfield, the coach of my summer ball team
Most memorable moment in athletics:
>>> Hitting my first collegiate home run against LSU
Best player you've ever faced:
>>> Britni Sneed (LSU)
Craziest ambitions:
>>> Sky dive and bungee jump
One thing you wish you were better at:
>>> Singing
Favorite sport besides softball:
>>> Professional wrestling
One possession you'd keep if you lost all but one:
>>> Pictures
Team you'd most like to see added to the schedule:
>>> Notre Dame
The best advice I've ever been given is...
>>> "Do good in school"
Who is the actress who would play the part in a movie about your life?
>>> Jenna Elfman
What actor would you like to play your romantic interest?
>>> Sylvester Stallone
Nobody knows how much I...
>>> really care
A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is...
>>> Australia
What motivates you?
>>> To be the best I can be in life
Why did you choose to attend Tennessee?
>>> I'm from here and always wanted to play Division I softball
Since I've been at UT, I've learned...
>>> not to trust anyone
The best things about playing softball for the Lady Vols are...
>>> all of the places we get to see and the different teams we play
Which teammate will be the biggest surprise in 2004?
>>> Stacey Jennings

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