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Aja Paculba

2B

Height
5' 3"
CLASS
Fr.
Hometown
Wildomar, Calif.
School
Elsinore
#3 Aja Paculba

Career Honors: A 2010 All-SEC and NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Southeast Second Team selection…2010 SEC All-Defensive Team …National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/Louisville Second-Team All-American in 2008 and 2009 … Easton First-Team All-American in 2008 and 2009 … NFCA All-Southeast Region in 2008 and 2009 … All- Southeastern Conference First Team in 2009 and Second Team in 2008 … SEC All-Defensive Team in 2008 and 2009 … SEC All-Tournament Team in 2009 … SEC All-Freshman Team in 2008 … SEC Freshman of the Week on March 17, 2008 … SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll in 2008.

 

Career Highlights: Has played in and started all 202 games for the Gators entering the 2011 season …Tied the Florida record for the longest hit streak in program history (16) in 2010… Currently holds Florida records for career runs scored (188) on-base percentage (.459)  and ranks second in batting clip (.341) … Set school records for runs (69), walks (49), stolen bases (27) and stolen base attempts (32) in 2009… Set freshman class records in 2008 for batting average (.336), at bats (223), hits (75) and runs (61) and still holds three of the four … Set the sophomore class record for a .492 on-base percentage and stolen bases (27) … Drew four walks against Fresno State on Feb. 19, 2009, tying the single-game record … Total walks in 2009 (49) tied for sixth-best single-season record in SEC history.

 

As a Junior (2010): Named to the NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Southeast Region Second Team ... Named to the All-SEC Second Team and the SEC All-Defensive Team ... Tallied a 16-game hit streak from March 14-April 14, tied for the longest in UF history …Played in and started all 59 games for Florida her junior season …Led the Gators in 2010 with 12 game-winning runs, 158 runs overall, four doubles, drew 41 walks, 15 stolen bases, four game-winning RBI, 13 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games…Also ranked seventh in the Southeastern Conference in runs and tied for seventh in walks … Scored a run in both Super Regional games against 13th-seed Arizona State on May 29-30, helping the Gators advance to their third-consecutive Women’s College World Series… Went 2-for-3 with one run, two RBIs, a season-high two doubles, a stolen base and a sac fly in the win over UCF in the Gainesville Regional on May 22 ... Went a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs and a sac fly in the win over the Gamecocks on May 9 ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and one run in the first game against South Carolina on May 8… Scored a career-high four runs while going a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the victory over North Florida on May 5 ... Hit a solo shot with two outs while going 2-for-2 with two runs, three RBIs, a triple and two walks in the second game of a doubleheader against Mississippi State on May 1 ... Stole two bases while going 1-for-2 with one run and a double on April 18 against Kentucky ...  Hit a solo shot in the sixth inning in the third game against the Razorbacks to take the lead, 2-1, and broke Florida’s career runs scored record with 167 runs ... Hit first career grand slam in the second game of a doubleheader against Arkansas on April 10 while going 2-for-3 with three runs, five RBIs and a double ... Went 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs in the third game in the series against No. 12 LSU on April 4 ... Slugged the game-winning two-run homer in the top of the eighth against No. 7/5 Alabama while going 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs in the second game of a doubleheader on March 27 ... Belted a solo home run against USF on March 25 ... Tallied a home run against Ole Miss on March 14 while going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs ... Recorded a .500 (6-for-12) batting clip with nine runs, four walks, three steals and a team-high .625 on-base percentage at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. ... Went 2-for-3 with a lead-off home run, two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk against Loyola Marymount on March 7 ... Was a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a stolen base in the win over UC Davis on March 7 ... Hit first home run of the season and scored an additional run while earning two walks, two RBIs and stealing a base against Northwestern St. on Feb. 28 ... Tallied three walks and three runs while stealing two bases against Northwestern St. on Feb. 27 ... Drew a walk against East Carolina on Feb. 21, stolen second and scored the only run of the game ... Went 2-for-2 with two runs, one RBI and a triple against Marshall on Feb. 20 ... Had a perfect 4-for-4 game against Kansas on Feb. 19 with two runs, a double and a career-high five RBIs ... Hit a double in the top of the seventh to drive in the winning run against Long Island on Feb. 14.

 

As a Sophomore (2009): Earned NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America Second-Team and Easton All-America First-Team honors … Named to the NFCA All-Southeast Region Team … Earned All-SEC First-Team and SEC All-Defensive Team honors … Started all 68 games, 67 at second base and one as the designated player … Led the team in at bats (204), runs (69), hits (75), triples (5), walks (49), stolen bases (27), multi-hit games (23), game-winning runs (20) and batting average in SEC games (.425) … Tied for second on the team with 11 doubles and 11 game-winning RBIs … Second-best on-base percentage (.492), third-highest batting average (.368) and fourth-best slugging percentage (.603) … Led the SEC with 258 plate appearances and at bats and tied for first with five triples … Second in the league for runs and walks … Belted 25 extra-base hits, including nine home runs … Recorded eight multi-RBI games … Put together a career-long 10-game hit streak from May 3 to May 28, which included 12 hits, 11 runs and three home runs … Tied for a team-best .333 batting clip in the NCAA Tournament, recording nine hits, one double, one triple two home runs and eight RBIs … Started game two of the Women’s College World Series championship series against No. 2 Washington with a triple and scored on June 2 … Went 1-for-2 with a walk in the win over No. 6 Arizona on May 28 … Totaled three RBIs with a home run and a double against No. 14 Cal in the NCAA Super Regional … Turned in a perfect 2-for-2 performance in the win over Florida A&M on May 15 … Led the team with a .556 batting average in the Gainesville Regional with five hits, five runs, a home run and five RBIs … Went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a triple in championship game against No. 3 Alabama on May 9 … Tallied a homer and scored twice in first-round win of the SEC Tournament against Auburn on May 7 … Named to the All-Tournament Team … Stole 25th base of the season against Arkansas on April 26 to break UF’s single-season record … Batted .625 (5-for-8) with seven runs scored, a double, a triple and one RBI in the three-game series with Arkansas … Turned in a 3-for-3 performance with a double, a triple, an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in the second game at Kentucky on April 11 … Batted .400 with four hits, three runs scored and an RBI in the three-game series with Mississippi State … Went a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored in game one against Mississippi State on April 4 … Went 6-for-9 with five runs, a double, a home run, two RBI, two walks and one sacrifice hit with a 1.111 slugging percentage and .727 on-base percentage in the three-game series with No. 4 Alabama … Turned in a perfect 3-for-3 in game two against No. 6 Tennessee on March 21 with two runs scored and a stolen base … Batted a team-high .500 (6-for-12) with two doubles, two RBI, one run scored and one stolen base in three-game series at Ole Miss … Turned in a .500 clip in the doubleheader against No. 7 Georgia on March 11 with a triple, home run, two RBI, two runs and a steal … Went 2-for-3 with a sac hit, stolen base and three runs scored against Illinois on March 1 … Tallied a home run in the win over Georgia Tech on Feb. 15, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and a walk … Went 2-for-2 with a solo homer in against FAU on Feb. 14 … Went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored in the win over Texas Tech on Feb. 13 … Went 3-for-3 at Jacksonville on Feb. 11 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.

 

As a Freshman (2008): Named NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America Second Team and Easton All-America First Team … Also earned First-Team All-Southeast Region honors … Named to the All-SEC Second Team … Member of the SEC All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams … Played and started in all 75 games at second base … Tied for third-best hitter on the team with a .336 average and 75 hits … Recorded the second-highest run total (61) on the team … Finished third in the SEC for runs scored … Third-highest on-base percentage (.437) … Stole 16 bases, second-most on team … Had 19 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games … Recorded 28 extra-base hits, tying for most on team … Scored the winning run 13 times, second only to one Gator … Hit five game-winning RBIs … Hit .294 in the WCWS with seven hits and one RBI … Recorded the best batting average (.382) for all the NCAA tournament, with 13 hits and four RBIs … Reached base in all but 11 games … Drove in 37 runs … Had 15 extra base hits, including two home runs … Recorded 147 assists and turned 16 double plays … Tallied a .969 fielding percentage on the season … Compiled an eight-game hitting streak from March 12 until March 23 and a seven-game streak from April 22 to May 4 … Recorded a season-high three hits in five games, including four SEC matchups  …Scored three runs twice, against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 22 and vs. Auburn on April 27 …  Stole two bases in same game three times … Named SEC Freshman of the Week on March 17 for a seven-hit performance while batting .438 in a five-game conference road trip … First career hit was a home run in second inning of the season opener against Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 8 … Also drove in a season-high three runs in that game … Stole two bases against Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 8 for first of collegiate career.

 

High School: A 2007 graduate of Elsinore High in Wildomar, Calif. ... Coached by Donn Brown ... A three-time member of the All-Sunbelt League first team ... Two-time member of the All-Valley and All-County first team ...  Part of the 2007 all-state first team ... A three-time All-Academic Athlete at Elsinore ... Played with the Orange County Batbusters ... Coached by Gary Haning ... Team claimed the 16-and-under Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) National Title in 2005 and the 18-and-under Gold ASA Title in 2006 … 16-and-under Batbusters team was named Softball Today Magazine's 2005 Team of the Year.

 

Paculba’s Career Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

FLD%

2008

.336

75-75

223

61

75

12

1

2

37

39

37

16-24

.969

2009

.368

68-68

204

69

75

11

5

9

34

49

29

27-32

.966

2010

.314

59-59

169

58

53

12

4

8

43

41

25

15-18

.968

CAREER

.341

202-202

596

188

203

35

10

19

114

129

91

58-74

.968

 

Paculba’s  Career Bests

AB

5, three times, last vs. UCF (3/31/10)

R

4 vs. North Florida 95/5/10)

H

4, two times, last vs. North Florida (5/5/10)

Streak

16 games (3/14/10-4/18/10)

RBI

5, two times, last at Arkansas (4/10/10)

2B

2, two times, last vs. UCF (5/22/10)

3B

1, 10 times, last at Mississippi State (5/1/10)

HR

1, 19 times, last at Mississippi State (5/1/10)

BB

4 vs. Fresno State (2/19/09)

SB

3 vs. Coastal Carolina (2/13/09)

PO

6 vs. LSU (3/29/08)

A

8 vs. Texas A&M (6/1/08)

 

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