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#8 Lora Pinkerton (1997 - 2000)
  • Third Base
  • 5-8, Phoenix, Ariz. (Moon Valley)
  • Major: Sociology

Career Honors: Graduated an SEC Academic Honor Roll student...Second Team All-SEC player at third base in 2000...Named All-SEC First Team and earned a spot on the NCAA Region 6 All-Tournament Team in 1998...Was the first player to sign a letter of intent with Florida's new program ... recorded the first stolen base in Southeastern Conference softball history as she stole second in the second game against Stetson on Feb. 8, 1997.

Career: Lead the Gators in several offensive career categories...129 runs scored, 250 hits, 37 doubles, 309 total bases, eight sacrifice flies, hit by pitch 14 times and 58 stolen bases...Also finished with a .308 career batting average (third-best), played in 267 games (second-most), 70 RBI (Top 5) and leads with eight triples...Finished her career with 351 putout assists, single-season hits record (76), and second fielding 19 double plays...Set UF record with 23rd multiple hit game in final career contest.

As a Senior 2000: Second-team All-SEC player at third base...Starting third baseman for second consecutive season...Was the first year in her career she has not undergone shoulder surgery...Entered the Tennessee series April 7 hitting just .167 in the SEC and raised it to the final .337 average...Posted team best 76 hits and a school single-season best 23 stolen bases...Hit first home run against Alabama March 4...Longest hitting streak this season was nine games, one shy of tying personal record March 28-April 15 (.538, 14-26, 3 2B, 1 RBI)...Graduated May 6.

As a Junior 1999: The Gators' starting third baseman....311 batting average is fourth-best single-season record...65 hits, 13 doubles were the second-most on the team and second-most scored in a UF season...Combined to go 3-for-6 with a run and a RBI in two games at the SEC Tournament...Had a perfect day at the plate in the finale versus Ole Miss May 2 in which she went 4-for-4 with two RBI...Combined for a 6-for-6 performance at the plate with two stolen bases in a twinbill at Stetson...Tied her career-high with two doubles vs. Auburn April 18...Went 3-for-3 with an RBI in the nightcap of the series opener against Tennessee...Scored three runs on five hits and a walk in the Speedline Invitational...Also contributed two RBI, double and a stolen base in that tournament...Had six hits on the weekend in the University Centre Hotel Invitational...Had her third shoulder surgery in three years.

As a Sophomore 1998: Named All-SEC First Team for the first time and earned a spot on the NCAA Region 6 All-Tournament Team...Spent the beginning of the season recovering from shoulder surgery which corrected a rotator cuff injury...Was the designated player, only seeing offensive action until the March 19th game against the then nationally ranked Oregon State when she started at third base...Finished fourth on the squad with a .301 batting average, including 46 hits, 12 runs, 14 RBI, seven doubles and a triple...Led the squad with 11 stolen bases...Defensively, she only had two errors while recording 24 putouts and 25 assists for a .961 fielding percentage...In the four-game Georgia series, went a combined 6-for-10 with two runs, a RBI and three doubles...Went 2-for-6 in the NCAA Region 6 Tournament.

As a Freshman 1997: Florida's everyday third baseman until a rotator cuff injury limited her to the designated player role for the rest of the season...The only Gator to play in every game, starting all 67...Tied for the season's longest hitting streak with a 10-game stretch early on...Also had a six-game streak that covered the Auburn and Kentucky series...Second on the squad in hits, RBI and runs scored while batting third in the lineup all season...Second on the squad in steals with 19...Batting average of .301, third highest on the team...Posted three three-hit games.

High School: Was the first player to sign a letter of intent with Florida's new program...Earned all-state, all-region and All-Valley honors as a prep...named Moon Valley's top defensive player as a senior...Lettered three times in softball and twice in volleyball...High school softball team won the state championship in 1995.

Personal: Born Nov. 4, 1977, in Phoenix, Ariz...Daughter of Robert and Donna Pinkerton...graduated from Moon Valley High School in 1996...Member of National Honor Society as a prep...Is a sociology major...Favorite sports figure is Cal Ripken Jr...Says song that best describes her is "Happy" by Sister Hazel...Favorite movie is "Top Gun"...Best softball memory is winning the SEC in 1998...Can't do without SportsCenter.

Career Highs

AB - 6, twice (most recently vs. Georgia, 5-8-99)
R - 2 several times (most recently vs. Georgia, 5-7-99)
H - 4 vs. Ole Miss (5-2-99)
Hitting Streak - 10 games (.306, 11-36, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 7 RBI, 5 R)
RBI - 3, twice (most recently vs. Coastal Carolina, 2-12-00)
2B - 2, twice (most recently vs. Auburn, 4-18-99)
3B - 1 vs. several teams (most recently vs. Kentucky, 4-22-00)
HR - 1, twice (most recently vs. UMass, 3-11-00)
BB - 2, twice (most recently vs. Louisiana State, 3-24-00)
SB - 2 vs. seven teams (most recently vs. Ole Miss, 4-30-00)
Errorless Streak - 56 games (4-10-97 to 3-31-98)

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