Softball


Amanda Fortune
Amanda Fortune
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Newhall, Calif.

High School:
William S. Hart

Height:
5-5

Position:
P

Birthdate:
01/09/1982

Bats/Throws:
R/R

2004 Highlights:
• Named First Team All-Big Ten
• Prior to Big Ten title game had a 0.36 ERA in Big Ten play since April 17.
• Earned the team's Pitcher of the Year award two years running.
• Her 31 wins were tops in the Big Ten, which is a school record.
• Set the single-season school record for lowest ERA (1.24), opponent batting average (.195) and innings pitched (287.1).
• Holds school record for most shutouts in single season (18, 2004) and career (33).
• Has earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice (3/25/01 and 2/24/04)
• Finished Big Ten play 10-2 (2nd, Big Ten) with a 0.77 ERA (3rd) in 100 innings pitched (1st) while allowing opponents to hit only .170 (2nd).
• Illinois all-time leader in wins (80), ERA (1.50), and strikeouts (470).

2003 Highlights:
• Top pitcher for the Illini, earning the team's Pitcher of the Year award • Her 24 wins were tops in the Big Ten and ranked 12th in the nation • Combined with Sherri Taylor for a seven-inning no-hitter at IUPUI • Holds Illini records for career wins (49), appearances (97), starts (66, innings pitched (468.0) and strikeouts (288) • Posted back-to-back shutouts against Bradley and #14 Michigan on March 26 and 28, respectively.• Tossed a three-hit shut out vs. Loyola.

2002 Highlights:
• Nursed shoulder injury most of the season • Appeared in 10 games with a 4-4 record and a 1.75 ERA • Struck out season-best seven vs. Centenary on Feb. 9 • Appeared in only one game for one inning after Feb. 24, that came on April 26, tossing a perfect inning vs. Michigan • Averaged five strikeouts per game in her first four starts • Tossed seven innings of shutout ball against Virginia (Feb. 17) before giving up an unearned run in the eighth • Had surgery to fix torn ligaments in her bicep in late May.

2001 Highlights:
• Threw a no-hitter in second game of a doubleheader vs. Valparaiso, the first games at Eichelberger Field • Ranked 13th in the Big Ten in ERA (1.44) • Ranked fourth in appearances (46) and fifth in the conference in innings pitched (224.0) • Tied for seventh in the league in wins (21), 10th in strikeouts (139) • Struck out a teamrecord 13 batters in a 3-0 win vs. Virginia Tech to help Illini advance to semifinals of Winthrop Invitational • Threw a complete game 3-0 shutout over No. 12 Iowa • Pitched six innings and earned win for Illini in 1-0 victory over No. 16 Florida State • Struck out all nine batters she faced in an 8-1 Illini win over Morgan State • Became first Illini player to earn Big Ten honors as she was named Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 25 • Named to All-Tournament Team at the Winthrop Invitational • Pitched three complete games and amassed a 4-0 record for the Illini at the Buzz Classic • Had a winning streak of eight consecutive games spanning from March 17-March 31 • Threw a four-hit shutout in 3-0 win over Wisconsin in Big Ten Tournament.

High School:
• Finished 1999 season with a 11-3 record, striking out 101 and posting an ERA of 0.40 • Foothill League Player of the Year in 1998 (with a 16-5-1 record and 123 strikeouts) and 2000 • Recipient of 1999 coaches award • Named to all-tournament team at Thousand Oaks Tournament • Named to the First Team Foothill League • Named Hart Classic MVP as a freshman • High school coach was Kathy Giordano • Club coaches were Harry Whale and Don Harris.

Personal:
• Born Jan. 9, 1982 • Daughter of Tom and Lori Fortune.• Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors • Majoring in leisure studies with a concentration in sport management • Enjoys water-skiing outside of softball.

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