Tricia Gaither
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Tricia Gaither

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Stanford, Ill.

High School:
Olympia

Height:
5-7

Position:
UT

Experience:
3L

2006: Team captain ... Illinois State Good Neighbor Award nominee.

2005: Hilltopper Classic All-Tournament Team ... started all but one game (all at third base) ... led the team with 13 sacrifice bunts and 150 assists ... tallied the second most RBI and doubles for the Redbirds ... recorded 11 multiple-hit games and a team-leading eight multiple-RBI games ... went three-for-four with a pair of triples in a win over Wright State (3/12) ... stole a pair of bases against Boston College (3/5) ... recorded a career-high four RBI against Long Island (2/18) ... hit the second home run of her career in a 4-2 win over Evansville (5/8) ... went two-for-three in a win over Northern Iowa (5/1) ... went two-for-three in a win over Northern Illinois (4/27) ... one of just two `Birds with a hit against Indiana State (4/20) ... had two hits in ISU's win over Creighton (3/26) ... went three-for-four in a win over No. 24 Pacific, only Redbird with more than one hit ... only Redbird with multiple hits against Arizona State (2/18) ... one of just two `Birds with a hit at Florida International (2/4) on the first day of the season ... scored the winning run in the eighth inning of the season opener against Auburn ... earned the team's Best Defensive Player award ... AFNI Honor Roll member.

2004: Missed more than half the season with dislocated fingers due to a collision at home plate against Illinois (3/10) ... successful base stealer (5-5) ... played third base and catcher ... only Redbird with two sacrifice hits in a game (3/6 at Western Kentucky) ... one of just two `Birds with two stolen bases in a game (5/8 vs. Evansville) ... had a five-game hitting streak during the season ... went 2-for-3 in a win over Evansville (5/8) ... only Redbird with two hits in a 2-1 loss to Wisconsin (2/21) ... scored the winning run in a 2-1 extra-inning win over Minnesota (2/7) ... AFNI Honor Roll member.

2003: As a freshman led the team in at bats, runs, walks, assists and stolen bases ... Fun and Sun Classic All-Tournament Team pick ... tied for the fourth most walks in the Valley ... No. 5 in the Valley in plate appearances ... had her seven game hitting streak snapped at Drake ... went 3-for-3 in the `Birds' second Valley win of the season ... scored Illinois State's first run of the season against Kentucky ... had one of ISU's two hits in a loss to Georgia.

At Olympia: Helped lead her team to the IHSA state softball tournament each year of her prep career ... as a senior her team won the IHSA Class A State Championship while finishing second in 2001 ... IHSA all-time hits leader ... set the Olympia batting average standard as a sophomore (.457), and bettered it as a junior by hitting .466 ... four-year first team all-conference selection ... member of the Chicago Tribune All-Star Team from 2000-2002 ... selected to the Illinois Coaches Association All-State First Team in 2000 and 2001 ... four-year letterwinner in softball ... member of the cross country team, which placed 10th at state in 2001 and seventh in 2002 ... also played varsity basketball ... member of the honor roll as a freshman and received high honors her final three years ... also recruited by Bradley, Missouri and Illinois Central College ... played with ISU teammate Tiffany Prager at Olympia.

Personal
Born: Aug. 22, 1983 ... Parents: Jeff and Julie Gaither ... Siblings: Natalie Goodin (23) and Jeremy (21) ... Major: Elementary Education.