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#44 Ashley Boone (1998-2001)
  • First Base
  • 5-8, Irvine, Calif. (Woodbridge)

Career Honors: UF's first three-time All-SEC player (1999 second team as an infielder, 2000 first team as an outfielder, 2001 second team as an infielder)...Two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll Student (1999-2000)...Second-team All-South Region (1999 as an infielder) and All-Southeast Region (2001 as an infielder)...Twice named SEC Player of the Week (May 10, 1999 and April 9, 2001) ... listed in the top 10 in the SEC with 20 doubles in 2001 ... owns the third-best single season fielding percentage by a first baseman in the SEC ...

Career Highlights: Led all first basemen in the SEC with a .995 fielding percentage as a senior (2001)...Finished her career as the record holder in many career categories: average (.320), games played (270), hits (257), doubles (57), total bases (351), putouts (1,611), double plays fielded (53)...Also left legacy of school record .355 single-season batting average (1999) and 20 doubles (2001).

As a Senior (2001): Established herself as the SEC's premiere first baseman...Selected as a second-team All-SEC infielder...Named SEC Player of the Week April 9... Batted .444, had eight hits, seven RBI, two doubles and a run scored to earn the award...Led all SEC first basemen with a .995 fielding efficiency...Led the overall and SEC putouts and chances categories, and was third in double plays fielded (18) in all games...Offensively, she was second with 20 doubles...Posted an 11-game hitting streak (2/16-24, .486, 17-35, 6 R, 9 RBI, 4 2B)...Had a team-best 17 multiple-hit games and nine multi-RBI games...Led the club with a .328 batting average, 64 hits and 33 RBI...One of two just two players to start all 65 games...Tied an SEC Tournament record with two doubles vs. Auburn May 11.

As a Junior 2000: Three-year starter at first base, but split time there with Emily Marino and in right field with Andrea Zimbardi...Was third on the team with 16 multi-hit games...Set a program-best 12-game hit streak, breaking her own previous string of 10 games, March 10-22 (.400, 14-35, 5 R, 5 RBI)...Peaked at a season-high .339 average after going 3-for-3 with four RBI in an 11-3 triumph over No. 21 Mississippi State...Finished third on the squad with a .296 average, the first time in her career she was below .300...Was one of a school-record seven different players to hit a home run.

As a Sophomore 1999: Posted a home run and three doubles in two games against Tennessee...Went 2-for-3 against No. 6 Arizona State as one of only two Gators to record multiple hits in the KIA Klassic...Tied her season and career-high with two doubles against No. 9 South Carolina March 10...Smacked her third career home run in the night cap that same day...Recorded a career-high, nine-game hitting streak (2-20 to 3-9)...Went 8-for-19 (.421) in five games with five runs, two doubles and four RBI in the Speedline Invitational...Hit her first career homerun in a 3-0 victory over Virginia Tech, a 210-feet shot at the top of the first with two outs...Came up with a clutch two-run single against No. 11 DePaul in the bottom of the eighth to give the Gators their third straight season-opening win and first victory over a ranked opponent on opening day in the University Centre Hotel Invitational...Led the team with eight RBI in that tournament, including five against Centenary.

As a Freshman 1998: Started every game at first base in only her first collegiate season...Finished second on the team with 27 RBI and third with a .303 batting average...Was the team's toughest batter, only striking out 11 times in 193 at-bats and walking 17 times while registering a team-best 60 hits on the season...In the Southeastern Conference Tournament, batted .636 with two RBI and two doubles...Against Mississippi, she went 3-for-4 with a collegiate-best three runs, a RBI and a double...Posted a career-best three RBI against Auburn, going two for three and with one run...Recorded 13 put-outs, and went 2-forr-4 and batted in two runs at South Carolina.

High School: Named offensive Player of the Year in 1996 for Woodbridge High School...All-county team 1996-97...All-league team four years...Lettered in softball four years...Team was California Interscholastic Federation Southern Champions 1995 and 1997...Was allowed to bat one last time in a championship game with a sprained ankle and got a hit.

Personal: Born Sept. 17, 1979, in Camden, N.J...Daughter of Gene and Yomi Boone...1997 graduate of Woodbridge High School...Telecommunications major...Career goal is broadcasting...Favorite sports figures are Reggie Jackson, Michael Jordan and Flo Jo...Says song that best describes her is "Unforgettable"...Wears No. 44 in honor of Reggie Jackson and Hank Aaron.


Career Highs

AB 6 vs. Temple, 3-4-99
R 3, several times Last--vs. Siena, 3-7-00
H 3, several times Last--vs. Auburn, 5-11-01
Hitting Streak 12 (4/10-4/22/01, .400, 14-for-35, 5 R, 4 RBI)
RBI 5 vs. Centenary, 2-14-99
2B 2, several times Last--vs. Auburn, 5-11-01
3B 1, twice Last--vs. Alabama, 4-14-00
HR 1, 11 times Last--at Kentucky, 3-17-01
BB 2, several times Last--vs. Florida State, 4-18-01
SB 2, twice Last--vs. Connecticut, 2-24-01

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