Softball


Ashley Wright
Ashley Wright
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Santa Rosa, Calif.

High School:
Ursuline Catholic

Height:
5-9

Position:
P

B/T:
L/L

AT ILLINOIS

2010 - Senior
Earned a 0.84 ERA in five appearances, including one start ... Spread seven hits over 8 and 1/3 innings of work ... Struck out eight against only four walks ... Held opposing hitters to a .233 average in 30 at-bats ... ERA was the second-lowest among Big Ten pitchers ... Pitched two innings of relief in the regular season finale against Minnesota, striking out four while combining with Monica Perry to hold the Gophers without a hit.

2009 - Junior
Made 18 appearances with seven starts and 42.2 innings pitched ... Combined with Taylor Call to pitch the seventh no-hitter in Illinois history against Prairie View A&M on Feb. 21, pitching three innings and striking out three ... Pitched three scoreless innings against Marshall on Feb. 15 ... Struck out a season-best five batters against USF on Feb. 13 ... Picked up wins against Hofstra (Feb. 14) and James Madison (Feb. 6).

2008 - Sophomore
Made 35 appearances with 18 starts ... Second on the team in wins (8), appearances (35), innings pitched (93.2) and strikeouts (47) ... Won four consecutive starts from Feb. 23-March 8 ... Had best outing against Southern Illinois on April 30, tossing just 87 pitches while striking out three and allowing just four hits to pick up the 4-0 win, her second shutout of the year ... Struck out a career-best six batters on March 1 against Bethune-Cookman ... Pitched a shutout against UConn on Feb. 23, allowing just two hits.

2007 - Freshman
Appeared in 35 games with 20 starts, earning 10 wins ... Pitched 10 2/3 innings and picked up both pitching victories in a doubleheader sweep of Penn State on April 22, giving up just two earned runs ... Had a perfect game through four innings against Idaho State on March 17, finishing with a five-inning complete game shutout ... Allowed just four base runners and no earned runs in six innings in a 12-1 victory over Bethune Cookman on Feb. 24 ... Picked up two pitching victories in her first day of collegiate softball, which included 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball in relief against No. 20 Louisville on Feb. 9.

HIGH SCHOOL
Called one of the top-five pitchers in the country by several high-level coaches ... Has been clocked at 64 MPH ... California first-team all-state performer in 2005 and 2006 ... Three-time All-Empire League MVP ... Named the North Bay League Most Valuable Player as a senior... Led the conference in batting average (.509) and slugging percentage (.698) ... Totaled 248 strikeouts while posting a 0.55 ERA in 151 innings pitched ... Helped Ursuline (coached by Mark and Mary Cooper) to three North Bay League championships ... Played club for the Strike Zone Gold, coached by Don Ford ... Also played volleyball and water polo ... Named to the Principal's List.

PERSONAL
Born Oct. 14, 1988 ... Daughter of Philip and Annette Wright ... Has two younger siblings, Philip III and Alexis ... Majoring in urban planning ... Great-grandmother, Florence Mulvihill, grandmother Kathleen, great-aunts Eilleen and Colleen Mulvihill, and great-uncle Richy Mulvihill all attended Illinois.

GETTING TO KNOW ASHLEY
Favorite pro sports team: New York Yankees ... Favorite food: Chicken noodle soup ... Favorite restaurant on campus: Noodles ... Favorite musical group: Spill Canvas ... Favorite song to hear before a game: "California Love" by Tupac ... What I've learned from Coach Sullivan: "To expect more from yourself than you thought possible."

WRIGHT'S CAREER STATISTICS

Year ERA W-L App.GS CG Sho SV IP H R ER BB SO AB
2007 3.76 10-12 35-20 5 3/1 1 121.0 140 80 65 32 76 500
2008 5.90 8-9 35-18 5 2/1 1 93.2 126 88 79 39 47 403
2009 4.76 2-2 18-7 0 0/0 0 42.2 71 44 29 15 27 203
2010 0.84 1-0 5-1 0 0/3 0 8.1 7 1 1 4 8 30
TOT 4.58 21-23 93-46 10 5/5 2 265.2 344 213 174 90 158 1136

Year Avg. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB Slg. % BB HBP OB % SF SH SB-Att. PO A E Fld. %
2007 .167 7-4 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 .167 1 0 .231 0 0 0-0 3 33 8 .818
2008 .176 46-4 17 10 3 0 0 1 1 6 .353 1 0 .222 0 0 4-4 9 1 0 1.000
2009 Did not accumulate statistics
2010 Did not accumulate statistics
TOT .172 53-8 29 11 5 0 0 1 1 8 .276 2 0 .226 0 0 4-4 12 34 8 .852
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