21Leigh Ann Ellis
|CAREER AND 2001 HIGHS|
Innings: 7.1 vs. LSU (3/17)|
Strikeouts: 6 vs. Kentucky (3/21)
Consecutive Wins: 1 (four times)
At Bats: 4 (four times)
Runs: 1 (three times)
Hits: 2 vs. Florida A&M (3/2)
Hit Streak: 3 games (3/21-3/31)
Runs Batted In: 2 vs. Florida A&M (3/2)
Doubles: 1 vs. Mississippi (3/10)
Triples: 1 vs. Alabama (3/24)
Home Runs: 1 vs. Florida A&M (3/2)
THE WEEKLYS ON ELLIS:
"Leigh Ann has tremendous potential as both a pitcher and a hitter. We believe that she can be as good as she wants to be. While Leigh Ann is a power pitcher with the ability to move the ball around, she is also a hitter who can be very effective in RBI situations. Leigh Ann needs to continue to improve her mental game and develop the skills needed to advance to the next level."
AS A FRESHMAN (2001):
Left-hander compiled a 2.66 earned run average through her 20 appearances in the circle...Earned a hard-luck reputation, as she went 4-12 because the Lady Vols scored either one run or were shut out in over half of her starts...Was employed as a designated player with positive results (six RBI)...Defeated Stephen F. Austin with a complete-game effort on April 6 by scattering nine hits and surrendering three earned runs...Victim of yet another rough ending at #19 South Carolina, as she limited the Gamecocks to four hits in a 1-0, eight-inning loss...Started two of the three games against Mississippi State...In game two, the southpaw allowed five hits and two homers during a 3-1 defeat...The Bulldogs reached Ellis for nine hits and seven runs in taking the finale... Brought an end to Alabama's perfect start by hurling 5.1 frames and allowing five hits and fours runs in UT's 6-4 win... Saddled with complete-game loss to Kentucky after giving up nine hits and seven runs (six earned) in 7-4 setback to the 'Cats...Held the high-octane LSU Tigers to five hits but was on the hook for a stinging 2-1 defeat in eight innings...Served as the DP in the SEC opener at Ole Miss and was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice...Made first league start a memorable occasion by hurling a complete-game, four-hitter in 4-2 decision over the Lady Rebels...She did not surrender an earned run and helped her own cause by scorching an RBI double down the left field line in the third...At the Eagle Classic, she tagged a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth as UT beat Florida A&M, 6-2...Scattered five hits in the opener at Pacific but the defense committed six errors that led to seven unearned runs...Suffered a 1-0 defeat to St. Mary's (Calif.) despite allowing four hits and an unearned run...Limited Virginia to three hits in a 4-1 decision to help the Lady Vols capture the Triangle Classic...Had kept #16 Oregon State scoreless into the seventh at the Islander Classic on Feb. 10 but six runs on four hits and two damaging errors put her on the hook for the loss...Carried a no-hitter into the fourth stanza of her first career start against Southwest Texas State but did not receive a decision as the Bobcats rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 triumph...In that outing, she fanned three and scattered four hits.
A two-time captain, Ellis lettered in softball all four years at Cabell Midland High School and was first-team AAA All-State every year...Honored as the Gatorade Player of the Year for West Virginia as a senior?Chosen as the 2000 WVSPN Female Athlete of the Year?Guided her team to state crowns in 1997, 1999 and 2000 and was the winning pitcher on each occasion?Tossed a perfect game in '99's title tilt?Her squad finished as the runner-up in '98?Selected to the all-state tourney team a record-setting four times with a career ERA of 0.00 and four no-hitters in the postseason?Tabbed as her conference's Player of the Year as both a junior and senior and made all-league all four campaigns?Boasted a career mark of 79-9 with a scant 0.64 earned run average?Fanned a staggering 927 batters and had a career batting average of .336?A standout on the volleyball court as well, Ellis made all-state as a senior and was an all-conference pick from 1998-2000?Two-time all-state tourney choice.
Majoring in human services?Hopes to become a teacher and make a difference in children's lives?Most exciting moment in softball was winning the state championship game as a high school freshman?Enjoys traveling and spending time with friends?Knew from the moment she arrived in Knoxville that she belonged at UT?Considers NFL All-Pro receiver Randy Moss to be an influence since he has proven that people from her home area can "make it big"?Member of the National Honor Society and Key Club in high school?Admires legendary Lady Vol basketball coach Pat Summitt?Has one sister, Julie, 13?Leigh Ann Ellis was born Dec. 18, 1981, in Charleston, W.Va?Her parents are Jim and Barbara Ellis.
ELLIS' CAREER STATISTICS