ACC batting champ Ashley Thomas hopes to see Georgia Tech through to a repeat ACC Tournament championship
The Jackets tallied double-digit hits in the loss
Jackets dropped game one 7-1; won game two, 8-5
The Jackets face No. 25 North Carolina and No. 23 Florida State in back-to-back weekends
Hayley Downs went 4-for-6 with two runs to lead Tech
2011 May 3 ACC Player of the Week
As a Sophomore (2012): Started all 60 games ... Recorded a .295 batting average with a team-high 57 hits (sixth in the ACC) ... Notched the second-most at bats in the league (193) and managed a team-high 46 runs (second in the ACC) ... Swiped 31 bases, which was tied for second in the league ... Went 7-for-9 with three runs, one RBI and one triple in a doubleheader at Florida State (April 15) ... Tallied four runs and three stolen bases, after going 3-for-4 in the first game at La-Lafayette (March 22) ... Registered 15 multi-hit games.
As a Freshman (2011): Appeared in 56 games on the year starting in 54 of them ... Finished the season with a .305 batting average compiling 43 hits, two doubles and three triples ... Scored 32 runs on the year ... Was 27 for 29 on the base paths ... Registered 12 multi-hit games on the year including a few three hit affairs ... Notched a 2-for-3 outing against UT Chattanooga (Feb. 12) hitting the first triple of her Tech career driving in a run and scoring one of her own ... Had back-to-back two hit games against Evansville (March 4) and UAB (March 6) notching a triple and a couple of RBIs ... Had the first three hit game of her career at Virginia Tech (April 9) ... Went 3-for-4 at home against Georgia (April 13) scoring a run ... Had a 3-for-4 effort against UNC (April 17) driving in two runs ... Had five consecutive multi-hit games from April 30 to May 7 racking up 10 hits, eight RBIs, and scoring seven runs during that time.
High School: Four-year letterwinner for Coach Greenway at McKinney High School ... Holds school career records for hits (173), at bats (394), doubles (23), triples (14), runs scored (120), stolen bases (44), batting average (.439) and on-base percentage (.488) ... As a senior, set single-season school records for batting average (.554), stolen bases (18), runs scored (40) and triples (5) ... Named Lionette of the Year (Team MVP) all four years ... Senior year accolades included first-team all-area by Vype Magazine and the Dallas Morning News, Lionette Big Stick Award, District Offensive Player of the Year and all-academic team ... Three-time member of the all-district first team and all-academic team as well as a two-time All-McKinney team pick ... As a freshman, was named to McKinney's "Magnificent 9 ... Played travel ball for the Texas Glory Gold team and finished in the top 20 at nationals in each of the past two seasons.
Personal: Born Ashley Eileen Thomas on May 20, 1992, in Virginia Beach, Va. ... Parents are Mike Thomas and Jody Verwolf ... Sister of Chelsea Thomas, Sydney Verwolf and Taylor Thomas ... From same hometown as current Georgia Tech senior Kristen Adkins and attended rival high school ... Wants to be a division I softball coach ... Says she chose Georgia Tech because, she would get the best education, the competitive softball team and the area ... Enjoys reading, sand volleyball and anything outdoors ... Loves to do volunteer and charity work ... A management major.
Thomas' Career Hitting Statistics
Single Game Highs:
Hits: 3, 4 times
Doubles: 1, 4 times
Triples: 1, at Boston College, Apr 30, 2011; vs Tenn.-Chattanooga, Feb 12, 2011; vs Evansville, Mar 04, 2011
Total bases: 5, at Boston College, Apr 30, 2011
RBI: 3, 4 times
Runs scored: 2, 9 times
Walks: 3, Liberty, May 21, 2011
Hit by pitch: 1, vs Oklahoma State, Feb 17, 2012; at Georgia State, Feb 29, 2012; NC State, Mar 26, 2011
Struck out: 2, vs Arizona, Feb 10, 2012; at Kennesaw State, Feb 23, 2011
At bats: 4, 21 times
Stolen bases: 3, North Carolina, Apr 16, 2011
Caught stealing: 1, 6 times