Updated: June 11, 2014
Pronounced Ache (rhymes with cake)
2014: Played in 56 games, starting 55, all in center field … A second-team all-state selection by VaSID … Led the team in home runs with 11 … Had 40 RBIs, second-most on the team … Hit .275 with six doubles, two triples and 25 runs scored … Had nine walks and three stolen bases … Was second on the team with 12 multi-RBI games … Had seven multi-hit games … Had four game-winning hits and scored three game-winning runs … Had a team-high six sacrifice bunts … Had a bases-clearing triple in Tech's 4-3 win over Lipscomb in the NCAA Tournament.
2013: Was a jack of all trades, starting at five different field positions … Started 45 total games - 30 in left field; seven at shortstop, four at third base, two in right field, one at second base and one as the designated player … Hit .205 with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs and 25 RBIs … Drew nine walks, but had a team-high 30 strikeouts … Hit two home runs in the same game at North Carolina … Hit a double and then scored the winning run in the 13th inning of Tech's NCAA Tournament win over Marshall … Had five multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games.
At TCC: Played two seasons for Coach Patti Townsend and former Hokie Jennifer McKibben at Tallahassee Community College … A third-team JUCO All-American as a sophomore … Also earned a spot on the All-FCSAA first-team after leading Tallahassee with a .404 batting average with 10 home runs … Also named first-team All-Panhandle Conference … Led the Eagles in hits (65), runs scored (47), stolen bases (23) and slugging percentage (.652) … Also had 10 doubles and helped turn eight double plays from her shortstop position … Played in 56 games as a freshman, hitting .346 with nine doubles, a triple and a team-leading 13 home runs … Named second-team All-FCSAA and first-team All-Panhandle Conference … Named to the FCSAA All-Tournament and Gulf District All-Tournament teams … Drove in 46 runs and scored 37 runs … Had a slugging percentage of .626 … Drew seven walks and had 13 total sacrifices … Stolen nine bases … Helped turn 14 double plays.
High School: Was a four-year letterwinner in both softball and basketball at Central Carroll High School in Carrollton, GA … Was named Rookie of the Year in 2007, first team all-region, second-team all-state, and won the Silver Slugger Award for hitting .527 … Was selected second-team all-region in 2008, while being tabbed Offensive MVP and “Most Improved” on the Lions basketball team in 2006-07 … Played for the Georgia Elite travel ball team for Coach Daniel Caldwell.
Personal: Amanda Leigh Ake was born July 5, 1991 in Fort Hood, TX … Daughter of Lesa Armstrong and Robert Ake … Has an older brother, Keith, and a younger brother, Cameron … Majoring in communication.