Will be counted upon to help anchor the Irish outfield ... an incredible athlete with the flash and flair to make huge plays ... has a rocket arm with good accuracy ... her speed and athleticism make her a threat in the field and on the bases ... quick and sharp reflexes.
As a Freshman (2007): Came off the bench to become a steady contributor in the outfield ... scored the game-winning run as a pinch runner against Auburn (Feb. 16) ... stole the first base of her career at Auburn (Feb. 16) ... first career at bat came against Alabama-Birmingham (Feb. 17) ... picked up a stolen base against Tulsa (Feb. 17) ... earned the first start of her career in right field against Ole Miss (Feb. 25) ... started in center for the first time against Virginia (March 2) ... also picked up the first hit and walk of her career against the Cavaliers, while drawing a walk ... pinch ran against both Eastern Kentucky and No. 12 UCLA in the Long Beach Invitational on March 11 ... came in as a defensive replacement and batted against No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette (March 16) ... hit a single up the middle as a pinch hitter against Seton Hall (March 25) ... started against Toledo (March 29) ... got the starting nod and recorded a single, walk and one RBI against Pittsburgh (March 31) ... the RBI was the first of her career ... scored a run as a pinch runner in the first game of the doubleheader against Providence (April 14) ... came in as a defensive replacement and pinch ran in the twinbill with Western Michigan (April 17) ... pinch hit against Ball State (April 18) ... made a pinch-running appearance against Valparaiso (April 19) then again versus South Florida (April 22) ... notched a hit, scored once and bodied a pitch to get a free base in a matchup with Loyola-Chicago (May 1) ... drove in one run and scored against Rutgers (May 5) ... tacked on a run in a pinch-running effort during the NCAA Tournament contest with Wright State (May 19).
The Ellis File: Four-year letterwinner in softball and volleyball at Bledsoe County (Pikeville, Tenn.) ... served as team captain in each of those sports during both her junior and senior seasons ... named team MVP in each of her last two seasons in both volleyball and softball ... an all-state selection after sophomore and junior seasons in softball and as a junior in volleyball ... first player from Bledsoe County to be an named all-state performer in two sports ... also the first softball player from her high school to play Division I collegiate softball ... was named high school's best offensive player as a junior and senior and the outfielder of the year during her senior season in softball ... also earned a letter in cross country as a freshman ... hit .510 in 2005 with four doubles, eight triples and nine home runs ... helped the Chattanooga Eagles win the 2005 Music City Hits Tournament and become an ASA regional qualifier ... member of the National Honor Society ... daughter of Libby and Phil Ellis ... father played football at South Carolina ... oldest of three children ... has a sister, Shelby, and a brother, Phil ... born Feb. 9, 1988, in Knoxville, Tenn.