10  Melissa Nance
Melissa Nance


Frankfort, Ind.

High School:
Clinton Prairie HS






  • Blues City Classic All-Tournament Team (2007, 2008)
  • NFCA Scholar Athlete (2006-07)
  • Five-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
  • Four-time Tiger Academic 30
  • Seven-time Tiger 3.0 Club
  • Career Highlights: Ranks fourth all-time at Memphis in home runs (11) and fifth all-time in slugging percentage (.430)...Holds the Memphis single game record with eight RBI against Lipscomb on March 14, 2007...The mark also ties the C-USA record...Has 13 career multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games...Has seven career game-winning RBI and eight game-winning runs scored.

    Academic Highlights: Named as a 2006-07 NFCA Scholar Athlete awarded to NCAA softball student-athletes who maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic year...Made the 2003-04, 2004-05, 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...A spring 2006, fall 2006, spring 2007 and spring 2008 Tiger Academic 30 member recognizing the 30 student-athletes with the best grade-point average on each team and then the next best group of student-athletes, totaling 30...A member of the spring 2004, fall 2004, spring 2005, fall 2005, spring 2006, fall 2006 and spring 2007 Tiger 3.0 Club given to the Memphis student-athletes who have at least a 3.0 GPA for the semester...Graduated in December 2007 with a bachelor's degree in integrative studies with a concentration in early and middle grades...Pursuing a master's degree in school administration and supervision.

    2008 (Senior): Served as the Memphis 2008 nomination for the NCAA Woman of the Year award...Started 36 of 40 games played at third base...Had a season-high four game hitting streak in February...Had three multiple-hit games and four multi-RBI contests...Knocked in two game-winning runs and tied for second on the team with three game-winning runs scored...Tied for fourth on the team with 14 walks...Hit .185 with two home runs, two doubles, 14 RBI and nine runs scored...Had four two-out RBI...Hit a game-winning RBI single against Nebraska (2/16)...Went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored the game-winning run against Idaho State (2/17)...Had four hits and six RBI in the Blues City Classic and was named to the all-tournament team for the second-straight year...Went 1-for-3 against Southeast Missouri (2/23) with two RBI, including the game-winner...Hit a home run and had two RBI against Alabama A&M (2/23)...Went 2-for-2 with two RBI against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2/24) and scored the game-winner in the second...Had a career high six assists with two putouts at third base against North Texas (3/2)...Went 2-for-4 against Vermont (3/16) with a run scored...Hit a grand slam against Alcorn State (4/15), the second of her career...Had two hits and an RBI against Tulsa (5/3-4).

    2007 (Junior): Played in 39 games with 19 starts...Started 13 games as the designated player, five at first base and one at third...Hit .385 in 15 games as the designated player with five home runs and 17 RBI...Reached base 50 percent of the time when leading off an inning...Went 3-for-16 as a pinch hitter...Had a four-game hitting streak and two three-game streaks during the season...Had three multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games...Knocked in three game-winning runs and scored one game-winner...Hit a game-winning double in the eighth inning against Austin Peay (4/25)...Blasted a three-run homer in game two of a doubleheader with SEMO (4/24)...Scored the game-winning run in the fourth inning against Tennessee State (4/18)...Hit a pinch hit double to knock in a run in game one of a doubleheader with East Carolina (4/14)...Had a pinch hit RBI double in game one against Alcorn State (4/12)...Had a career high four hits against Lipscomb with a school record eight RBI (3/14)...The eight RBI also tied the Conference USA single game record...Had a grand slam and a two-run home run in the game...Finished the doubleheader against Lipscomb with five hits, 11 RBI, three home runs and four runs scored, while knocking in the game winner in both contests...Selected to the Blues City Classic All-Tournament Team hosted by Memphis (2/23-25)...Had five hits in the four games with two runs scored and an RBI.

    2006 (Sophomore): Started 31 of 34 games played...Played eight games at first base and 24 as the designated hitter...Entered the game four times as a pinch hitter...Played one game at third base...Third on the team in batting with a .305 average and slugging percentage with a .484...Hit four home runs on the year with five doubles, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored...Hit safely in 21 games and had hits in her first four games of the season...Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in a doubleheader against Grambling State (2/11)...Had two hits with a double and RBI at FIU (2/24)...Hit a solo home run against North Carolina (3/3)...Led the team with a 2-for-3 performance with two singles against South Carolina (3/5)...Went 1-for-2 with a home run, walk and two RBI in the second game of a doubleheader with UAB (3/11)...Had two hits with a solo home run and two runs scored against Lipscomb (3/14)...Finished 4-for-7 with four RBI, two doubles and two runs scored in a double header with Grambling State (3/22)...Hit a solo home run against Houston (5/6)...Had a two-run home run to center field against Kansas (2/17).

    Memphis Volleyball (2003-06): Played four years on the Memphis volleyball team and also wore the No. 10...Served as the team Co-Captain from 2004-06...Memphis' 19th player to down 1,000 kills...Tied a career high with 17 kills in a 3-2 win over UAB (9/29/06)...Downed two kills at UCF in 2006 to reach 1,000 career kills...Started in 129 matches in her career...Finished career with 1,032 career kills...Fourth all-time at Memphis with a .272 hitting percentage...Seventh all-time at Memphis with 336 total blocks and sixth with 287 block assists...Made a career best 10 blocks at Tulane (10/29/06).

    Prep: A four-year letterwinner in volleyball, softball and basketball at Clinton High School...Was a member of the 2002 Class A softball state championship team...In that championship game, pitched a one-hitter, striking out seven while walking three and driving in the game-winning run with a double...Helped her volleyball squad to a 25-10 record as a senior...Named a 2002 J&C all-area and all-county honoree...Was also a 2000 all-state volleyball honoree...A member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Pep Club, Letterman's Club and Honor Roll.

    Personal: Full name is Melissa Lou-Ann Nance...Daughter of Rick and Marsha Nance...Born on March 9, 1985 in Lafayette, Ind.

    Career Hitting Statistics

    2006 .305 34-31 95 14 29 5 0 4 12 46 .484 5 0 26 .340 0 0 1-1
    2007 .276 39-19 76 11 21 6 0 5 21 42 .553 7 0 25 .337 0 0 0-1
    2008 .185 40-36 92 9 17 2 0 2 14 25 .272 14 1 31 .299 0 0 0-0
    Total .255 113-86 263 34 67 13 0 11 47 113 .430 26 1 82 .324 0 0 1-2
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