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2010 CO-CAPTAIN 2009 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM 2009 BIG TEN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD 2009 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN 2008 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Earned first all-conference honor being named to the All-Big Ten Second Team...Started in all 46 games in the outfield for the Nittany Lions...Finished the season with a team-high .311 batting average, just four points off season best .315 achieved in 2007...Tallied 41 hits, tied for first on the squad...All but two hits on the season were singles, the others were doubles...Sported a .372 on-base percentage, second on the team behind former All-American Danielle Kinley...Finished third on the team in runs scored with 17...Second on the team in walks with 13...Led the team in sacrifice bunts with 18...Had a team-best 13 stolen bases, only getting caught once...Scored three runs in three plate appearances against eventual National Champion Washington (3/13), while recording two walks and a hit...Had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Maryland (4/23)...Went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Wisconsin (4/12)...Had five multi-sacrifice games, recording two each against George Washington (2/14), Arizona (3/14), Iowa (4/4), Indiana (5/2), and Ohio State (5/9)...Notched three consecutive multi-hit games against Michigan State (twice, 4/29) and Indiana (5/2), going 8-for-12 during that span...Stole two bases against Saint Francis (4/16)...Recorded a season-high six putouts against California (2/15)...Named 2009 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award recipient...2009 Academic All-Big Ten member...Named team's Defensive Player of the Year.
2008 (SOPHOMORE YEAR)
Started 50 games for the Nittany Lions as a sophomore...For the second straight season, sported an on-base percentage of .300 or better...Collected a .983 fielding percentage with just one error...Went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in a 3-0 victory over then-No. 9 LSU (3/1)...Registered a double and a run scored in a 2-0 win over Jacksonville (3/7)...Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in a 3-0 victory over Boston University (3/16)...Recorded a two-RBI single and a run scored in a 10-2 win over Toledo (3/22)...Went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in a 13-4 win over Miami (Ohio) (3/23)...Notched one hit and two runs scored in a 15-3 victory over Bucknell (3/25)...Recorded two hits and two runs in a 9-1 win over Saint Francis (3/26)...Went 1-for-3 with a run scored in a 6-1 win over Indiana (3/30)...Had a 2-for-4 day with an RBI-single and two runs in a 13-0 shutout of Illinois (4/5)...Registered an RBI-single in a 2-for-3 effort against Wisconsin (4/13, game 1)...Made a career-high six at-bats against Ohio State (4/20)...Recorded a triple and run scored against then-No. 12 Northwestern (4/26)...Went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in a 4-1 victory over Akron (4/30)...Named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Started 46 of 48 games in left field...Scored a run in first collegiate game against N.C. State (2/10)...Hit a single and scored two runs in win over North Carolina (2/11)...Had two hits and two runs in each of two games against Columbia (3/2 and 3/3)...Went 3-for-4 against Colorado State, also scoring three runs (3/9)...Hit a triple, her first career extra base hit, and had three RBI in win over Toledo (3/11)...Belted two hits and two RBI in nine-inning win over Cal State Fullerton (3/15)...Scored three runs, including the game-winner in upset win over No. 8 Texas (3/16)...Hit two singles and scored one run in victory over No. 9 Michigan (3/17)...Had two hits and scored two runs in win over St. Francis (3/28)...Went 5-for-8 in two games at Pittsburgh to lead Lions to a sweep (4/18)...Hit a two-run double at Ohio State (5/5).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Played right field, center field and shortstop at Lenape Regional High School in Medford N.J. under coach Doc Medrick...Named First Team All-State her junior and senior year...Chosen as Gatorade Player of the Year and Best Female Athlete in New Jersey...Member of 2005 conference championship team...All-Conference First Team honoree three years running...Also lettered in field hockey for three years and indoor track for four years...Named Outstanding Senior Athlete at Lenape...Member of Jersey Inferno club team.
Ashley Marie Griffith was born on December 20, 1987 in Bridgeport, Conn. to Steve and Bonnie Griffith...Has a twin sister, Kristen (22), who attends Delaware...Studying kinesiology and movement science.
QUOTING GRIFFITH ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because it has an atmosphere unlike anything I've ever seen. It is a place where I really feel at home."
QUOTING COACH PETRINI ON GRIFFITH
"Ashley had a great season last year and was able to return to top speed and form. She has developed into a great leader for our program and helped the younger athletes along. We will look to Ashley's grit and determination to be the benchmarks for our season this year. Ashley has solidified the left field position and will be a key factor in setting the table for our offensive lineup."
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