5  Tori Gross
Tori Gross

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

High School:
Ramona HS

Height:
5-4

Position:
2B

Experience:
3L

B/T:
R/R


HONORS

  • Tiger Offensive POY (2008)
  • CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-District Third Team (2008)
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar First Team (2007)
  • NFCA Scholar Athlete (2005-06, 2007-08)
  • Four-time Tiger 3.0 Club
  • Three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
  • Career Highlights: Third all-time at Memphis in career games played (161) and tied for fourth for most games started (157)...Fourth in the program's history in runs scored (57) and fifth in hits (89)...Third all-time at Memphis in walks (50) and first in most times hit by pitch (14)...Second in school history with 22 sacrifice hits and fourth in stolen bases with 17...Third in assists with 250...Her team high .416 on base percentage in 2008 ranks fourth in school history...Has 18 career multiple-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games...Has nine career game-winning runs and four game-winning RBI.

    Academic Highlights: Named to the 2008 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Third Team...Named as a 2005-06 and a 2007-08 NFCA Scholar Athlete awarded to NCAA softball student-athletes who maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic year...Made the 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll awarded to student-athletes who carry a 3.0 GPA or higher for the school year...Named to the 2007 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar First Team...A member of the fall 2005, spring 2006, fall 2006 and fall 2007 Tiger 3.0 Club given to the Memphis student-athletes who have at least a 3.0 GPA for the semester...Majoring in international business with a minor in Spanish while at Memphis.


    2008 (Junior): Selected as the Tiger Offensive Player of the Year...Participated in 47 games with 44 starts at second base...Led the team in on base percentage (.416) and hit by pitch (6)...Second on the team in batting (.298), slugging (.490), walks (15), fielding chances (209) and assists (85)...Third on the team in doubles (8) and stolen bases (5)...Fourth on the team in runs scored (24), total bases (51), sac bunts (4) and putouts (107)...Fifth on the team in RBI (19)...Had the team's season long hitting streak with a career high nine games in April...Had nine multiple hit games and six multi-RBI games...Knocked in two game-winning RBI and had one game-winning run...Had season career highs in home runs (4), doubles (8), RBI (19), runs (24) and hits (31)...Returned to the starting lineup on March 12 after starting only 1 of the 12 previous games and hit .370 with a .580 slugging percentage, .463 on base percentage, 17 RBI, 11 extra base hits and only 13 strikeouts in the final 34 games...Prior to her hot streak she was hitting .043...Had three three-hit games, three three-RBI games and two three-run contests...Hit .350 with runners on base...Reached base on 15 of 28 opportunities (.536) to leadoff an inning...Had nine two-out RBI and a .608 success percentage in advancing runners...Led the team with a .295 average in conference play with two home runs, eight RBI and 11 runs scored...Scored her first run of the season against Bethune-Cookman (2/10) after reaching on a walk...First hit of the season was a two-run homer against Idaho State (2/17), which scored the eventual game-winner...Went 5-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored in a doubleheader with Alabama A&M (3/12)...Went 2-for-3 with a career high two doubles against Providence (3/14) and had a RBI and a run scored...Had three hits, four RBI and two runs scored in a three-game series sweep of UTEP (4/5-6)...Hit a three-run homer against UTEP (4/5) that scored the game-winning run...Scored the winning run and had an RBI in a 2-for-3 performance in the third game with the Miners (4/6)...Went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI in a doubleheader with UT Martin (4/9)...Went 5-for-7 against Southern Miss (4/12-13) with four runs scored...Led the team with a 4-for-7 performance against Alcorn State (4/15) and had two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored...Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI against East Carolina (4/26) and had a three-run homer...Went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored against UAB in the C-USA Championship Tournament.


    2007 (Sophomore): One of four players to start all 61 games and made all of them at second base...Second on the team with nine sacrifice hits and with 98 assists...Led the team with six game-winning runs scored...Went 2-for-5 with the bases loaded...Reached base 32 percent of the time when leading off an inning and went 5-for-7 with runners on third and less than two outs...Knocked in four two-out RBIs...Had three multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games...Tied for the team lead in 3+ RBI games with three...Had an eight-game hitting streak, which was the team's second longest of the season...Knocked in the game-winning run against Tulsa (5/10) in the Conference USA Championship on a suicide squeeze bunt...Had a career high six assists against UCF (5/6)...Scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning against UCF (5/5)...Led the team with a 2-for-3 performance against UCF (5/5)...Made a career high six putouts against Austin Peay (4/25)...Hit her second three-run homer in less than a week with a blast against SEMO in game two of a doubleheader and also scored the game winner in the fifth inning (4/24)...Belted the first home run of her career with a three-run shot to left field in game one of a doubleheader with Marshall (4/21)...Had an RBI and scored the game-winning run against Alcorn State (4/12)...Had two hits and two runs scored in the doubleheader...Had a career high three-hit performance, including a three-run double in the first game of a doubleheader against Middle Tennessee (4/4) and had three RBI in the game...Scored the winning run against UTEP (3/17) in the sixth inning...Came around to score the winning run in the sixth inning against San Diego (3/2) and went 1-for-2 with a stolen base...Went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Belmont (2/27)...Scored the winning run against Mississippi Valley State (2/23) in the second inning...Was hit a team season high two times against Jacksonville (2/16).

    2006 (Freshman): Started 52 of 53 games played at second base...Came in as a pinch runner once...Hit .230 with 13 RBI and 17 runs scored...Hit five doubles...Third on the team in stolen bases with eight out of 12 attempts...Scored two runs and had one RBI in a 11-0 victory over Ole Miss (2/12)...Went 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored in a doubleheader against Grambling State (2/28)...Had two hits, including a double, three runs scored and an RBI in a doubleheader with UTEP (3/18)...Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored against Grambling State (3/22)...Had two hits with a RBI and run scored in a doubleheader against UT Martin...Finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a 4-0 victory over Southern Miss (4/8)...Went 2-for-3 with a run scored against Middle Tennessee (4/12)...Had three hits, two RBI and a run scored in a three game series with East Carolina (4/22-23)...Knocked in an RBI in the final game of the season against Houston (5/7).

    Prep: Lettered in softball for Coach Eben Longfellow at Ramona High School in Ramona, Calif....Selected as a team captain in 2004...Was a first-team all-league honoree her junior and senior season, and led the team in triples...Named to the CIF Conference Second Team...Received the San Diego Union Tribune academic student award in 2004 and 2005...Also selected as an all-league academic student in 2003-05...Picked as the team's Best Offensive Player in 2003 and 2004...Picked to the second team all-league squad as a sophomore and freshman...Led team in batting average in 2003-05...Received the Ramona High MVP award as a freshman and a senior, and was the Varsity Coca-Cola Athlete award winner.

    Club: Played travel softball for the San Diego County Breakers 18U Gold team under Mike Hill...Was a member of the California LITE 16U ball under Chenita Rogers that advanced to the ASA Nationals...First played travel softball in 2000 for the Norco Fillies 12U team that finished third at ASA Nationals under Richard Lopez.

    Personal: Full name is Victoria Leinaala Gross...Daughter of Michael and Darlene Gross...Has one sister, Alexandria...Born Dec. 6, 1987 in Landstuhl, Germany.

    Career Hitting Statistics

    Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG%BB HBP SO OB%SF SH SB-ATT
    2006 .230 53-52 122 17 28 5 0 0 13 33 .270 19 3 29 .342 2 9 8-12
    2007 .208 61-61 144 16 30 3 0 2 17 39 .271 16 5 25 .309 0 9 4-4
    2008 .298 47-44 104 24 31 8 0 4 19 51 .490 15 6 20 .416 0 4 5-7
    Total .241 161-157 370 57 89 16 0 6 49 123 .332 50 14 74 .351 2 22 17-23
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