Softball


Lana Armstrong
Lana Armstrong
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Rowlett, Texas

High School:
Garland High School

Height:
5-7

Position:
C

B/T:
R/R

2008
• Broke the school's single-season record for doubles with 19
• Named NFCA All-Great Lakes Region honors
• Started in all 62 games of the season
• Finished 31st in the nation in doubles per game averaging 0.31
• Ranked 40th in RBIs per game averaging 0.87
• Led the Big Ten with 19 doubles
• Took fourth in the Big Ten for RBIs with 54
• Raked in five RBIs against Illinois State in a 9-8 win
• Drove in six RBIs with a three-run homer in an 11-1 victory over Penn State giving her the second most in single-game in school history

2007
• With four RBI vs. Eastern Illinois, broke Illinois' single-season RBI record, now with 55 for the season
• Led Illinois in batting (.367), RBI (55) and slugging percentage (.741) while ranking third in runs scored (47) and home runs (15)
• Hit in an Illinois record 18 straight games from March 3-25
• Had a team-leading 17 multi-hit games.
• In the Big Ten, ranked second in slugging and RBI, fifth in on-base percentage (.468), tenth in batting avg., fourth in home runs, 7th in runs scored (47) and eighth in walks (27)
• Nationally ranks 19th in RBI per game (1.0), 32nd in slugging percentage and 40th in home runs per game (0.27).
• Went 4-for-8 with four walks and a .667 slugging percentage in the first tournament of the year at the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic
• Hit two home runs and reached base five of six times in victories over Southern Utah and Oklahoma Feb. 16 in Las Vegas
• Doubled home the go-ahead run off of Amanda Scarbarough to give the Illini a 2-1 lead over No. 4 Texas A&M on March 2. The Aggies rallied to win 6-2
• Batted .400 with a double, triple, two home runs and nine RBI at Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas
• Had three doubles and one home run while batting .467 at Texas A&M
• Batted .653 with two home runs and seven RBI at the Capital Classic • Had a solo homerun in the 7-6 loss to ISU
• Had a 3-run double against Longwood in the sixth to seal the 6-0 victory
• Big Ten co-Player of the Week for March 25-31
• Was 5-13 with 2 HRs, 8 RBI, and a .923 slugging percentage in the Diamond Devil Invitational
• Had a two-run home run in a six run inning while defeating Purdue 8-0
• Delivered game-winning two-run double vs. Penn State (April 22) to help Illinois overcome a 5-1 deficit to win 7-5
• Won the team's Slugger Award
• Hit a first inning three-run homer in the 5-0 victory over Bradley
• Had two hits, two runs, and an RBI in the 7-6 loss to Iowa

2006
• Started 31 games for the Illini at catcher
• Hit a solo home run against Central Michigan in the USF-Adidas Invitational
• Had the base hit that led off the seventh inning vs. Penn State. The Illini trailed 5-2 and rallied for a 7-5 victory with five runs in the seventh
• Was 2-for-2 vs. Michigan State on April 30.

High School
• District MVP and All-State selection her senior year
• Led team to a second-place finish in the Texas state tournament
• Selected to the TGICA All-Star team
• Three-time All-District Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-District Academic team in 2002, 2003 and 2004
• Earned Garland High School Defensive Player of the Year award her junior year along with being named to Garland's All-City first team two years in a row
• Batted a team high .375 with 24 RBI her sophomore year that garnered the Garland High Top Hitter Award
• Two-time nominee of Who's Who in High School Sports.
• Played for the Tomboys 18U-Gold team that were runners-up at the AFA National Tournament in 2005
• Played for the Texas Tomboys in 2005, which placed second at the AFA Nationals.

Personal
• Born Dec. 9, 1986
• Daughter of Jerry and Karen Armstrong
• Has two older sisters, Ashley and Chelsea
• Majoring in kinesiology
• Garland ISD Academics Excellence 2002, 2003, 2004
• National Honor Roll 2003, 2004
• NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete 2003, 2004
• National Honor Society member.

Getting to Know Lana...


Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite TV Show: Extreme Makeover
Favorite Musical Group: The Beatles
Favorite Athlete: Mark Teixeira
Dream Date: Sitting in great seats at Ameriquest Field when the Rangers play the Yankees on $1 Decker Hot Dog Night, and I would catch Teixeira's foul ball.
Memorable Illini Moment... Angelena Mexicano's walk-off home run against Penn State last year.
What opposing school do you most look forward to competing against? Penn State
Who introduced you to softball? I think my dad threw some cleats on my feet, a glove on my hand and said let's go.
Why did you come to Illinois? I wanted to surround myself with a great atmosphere, honorable traditions, solid coaches and a team I can call my family.

Career Statistics
Year	AVG.	GP-GS	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	SLG%	BB	HB	SO	OB%	SAC	SB-SBA	PO	A	E	FLD%
2006	.152	42-32	92	7	14	1	0	2	5	21	.228	8	0	16	.218	4	0-0	84	23	6	.947
2007	.367	55-53	158	47	58	12	1	15	55	117	.741	27	4	31	.468	1	2-2	169	27	1	.995
2008	.309	62-62	191	24	59	19	2	8	54	106	.555	16	1	35	.360	5	0-0	261	4	3	.962
Total	.297	159-147	441	78	131	32	3	25	114	244	.553	51	5	82	.369	10	2-2	514	54	10	.983
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