A gutsy player who goes full-speed all the time ... Has been the starter at second base most of both years she has played at Tech ... A vocal leader ... Has a tremendous work ethic ... Possesses great range in the field ... A talented power slapper who is a threat to reach in every at bat ... Will anchor a veteran infield ... Coaches are expecting her to return to the offensive production she had as a freshman.
2007: One of five players to start all 65 games for the Hokies ... Batted .271 with 55 hits, including eight doubles and two triples ... Drove in 14 runs and scored 31 runs ... Led the team with 13 sacrifice bunts ... Was hit by five pitches and drew 13 walks ... Was 9-for-11 on stolen base attempts ... Committed just five errors in 135 chances ... Recorded 12 multiple-hit games and two multiple-RBI games ... Scored nine game-winning runs and had two game-winning hits ... Had a big three-RBI triple against Florida State at the ACC Championship ... Named to the 2006-07 ACC Academic Softball Team.
2006: A first-team NFCA All-Northeast region selection ... Named second-team all-state by VaSID at second base ... Tech's starting second baseman for a majority of the season ... Batted No. 2 in the order, laying down 11 sacrifice bunts ... Started 51 games, playing in 53 ... Batted .318 with five doubles and a triple ... Had 50 hits and scored 22 runs ... Had 13 RBI ... Was 5-for-8 on stolen bases ... Drew 12 walks ... Had the game-winning hit and RBI in Tech's win over No. 12 Arizona State ... Scored four game-winning runs ... Had 16 multi-hit games and one multi-RBI game ... Named to the 2005-06 ACC Academic Softball Team.
High School: Lettered four times for Coach Jim Knapp at Northwood High ... Named the Irvine World News Female Athlete of the Year her final year ... Honored at the 32nd Annual Irvine Senior Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet for her 3.86 GPA in high school ... Led her team to three consecutive league titles, batting a team-high .429 (24 for 56) with five RBI, 14 runs scored, two doubles and two triples, despite missing several games with an injury ... Also had an on-base percentage of .522, a slugging percentage of .571 and struck out just five times all season ... A three-time first-team All-Pacific Coast League selection ... Was a 2003 all-city team choice ... As a sophomore, batted .310 with 20 runs scored and 26 hits ... Participated in the Orange County Showcase All-Star Softball Classic, where she singled and stole a base ... Also lettered four times in golf and soccer ... Earned first-team All-Pacific Coast League honors twice in soccer, including league MVP honors her senior season ... Earned all-league honors four times in golf ... Played club softball for the Irvine Sting for six years before moving to the SoCal Athletics.
Personal: Erin Jennifer Ota ... Born August 28, 1987, in Santa Ana, CA ... Daughter of Blair and Paula Ota ... Has four siblings, Bowen, Jamie, Melissa and Kiara ... Sister, Melissa, played softball for Brown University ... Majoring in architecture.