Red Raiders open 2014 season Thursday evening with 5 p.m. first pitch against Southeastern Louisiana
2000 SEASON - Finished her junior season with team-leading .286 batting average, her third straight season to lead the Red Raiders in average ? Stands to break several career marks at Tech during her senior campaign, including at-bats, games played, runs, hits and walks ? Named to All-Big 12 second team, marking the third consecutive year she was named to the all-conference squad ? Also named to All-Big 12 Academic second team after honorable mention as sophomore ? Began season with hits in three straight contests, extending her career-long hitting streak to 15 games from 1999 season ? Finished year with .286 batting average to lead team, as well as posting team-high marks in runs (42), walks (22), hit by pitch (4), on-base percentage (.393), stolen bases (21), and stolen base attempts (25) ? Was second on squad in hits (42), total plate appearances (178) and fielding percentage (.979), and third in games played (52) and starts (51) ? Also fourth in total bases (45) and at-bats (147), and fifth in slugging percentage (.306) ? All 51 starts came in center field, and 49 contests saw her batting in the leadoff position ? Batted a team-leading .341 with runners on base, and .333 with bases loaded ? Posted .443 average when she was leadoff hitter in an inning ? Among regulars, posted team-high .321 average with runners in scoring position ? Tied for second on team with seven two-out runs batted in ? Only player in Tech history to have perfect game at plate after 4-for-4 performance against Baylor (4/24) ? Tied career-high with those four hits versus Baylor ? Tied for team season-high and career-high for at-bats in game with five against Kansas (4/8) and runs with three versus Missouri (4/22) ? Finished second on club in multi-hit contests with eight, including one four-hit game and one three-hit contest (Nebraska, 4/2) ? Collected a season-high six-game hitting streak from 3/26-4/11, going 9-for-21 (.429) ? Also had pair of five-game hitting streaks, including one from 4/16-24 where she posted a .563 average (9-for-16) with three runs scored ? Tied career-high with pair of runs batted in versus McNeese State (2/25) ? Had pair of hits six times, including against McNeese State (2/26), Missouri-Kansas City (3/4), Evansville (3/4), Oklahoma State (3/26), Missouri (4/22) and Texas A&M (5/3) ? Collected pair of stolen bases in three contests, including versus Missouri-Kansas City (3/4), Texas-San Antonio (3/15) and Nebraska (4/2) ? Scored twice against 19th-ranked Texas (2/12), McNeese State (2/26), TAMU-Corpus Christi (3/3), Texas-San Antonio (3/15) and Oklahoma State (3/25) ? Drew pair of walks in game five times ? 22 walks on season was career-high ? Finished year tied for fifth in Big 12 in stolen bases ? In conference games only, eighth in batting average (.389), ninth in hits (21), tied for first in stolen bases (7), tied for seventh in walks (8) and eighth in on-base percentage (.468) ? Had pair of steals in conference tourney ? Named to all-tournament squad at Corpus Christi "Bash by the Bay".
1999 SEASON - Voted first-team All-Big 12 for second season in a row ... Named to Big 12 All-Tournament team as well as NCAA Regional all-tournament squad in Fresno, Calif. ... Played in all 67 games as a sophomore, drawing 65 starts ? Led the team with a batting average of .338, the second straight year she led Tech in batting ... Collected 74 hits in 219 at-bats, both team-highs ... Third on the team in runs scored (24) and total bases (78) ... Tied for team-high in stolen bases (11) and first in stolen base attempts (16) ? Also led Tech in on-base percentage (.386) and total plate appearances (238) ? Fourth on team in walks (15) and slugging percentage (.356) ... Recorded just one error on the season while accumulating 68 putouts along with 3 assists ? Recorded hitting streaks of 12, 11, eight and seven during season ? Ended year with career-long 12-game hitting streak, going 19-for-42 (.452) with four runs scored ? Nine of the dozen contests came during Big 12 Tournament and NCAA Regional ? Went 18-for-32 (.563) during 11-game streak (3/5-13) with three runs scored and two RBI ? Collected hits in 18 of 19 contests (3/5-3/28), batting .443 (27-for-61) with eight multi-hit contests included ? Had at least one hit in 47 of team's 67 games and reached base in 51 contests ? Struck out just 19 times in 238 plate appearances for season ? Collected 21 multi-hit games ? Went 3-for-4 versus Illinois-Chicago (2/12), Butler (2/27), Iowa State (4/18) and Missouri (5/13) ? Also collected three hits against Notre Dame (3/5) and was a perfect 3-for-3 in NCAA Regional against South Carolina (5/22) ? Had multi-hit contests versus Southwest Texas State (2/12), Oklahoma State (2/14), Cal State-Fullerton (2/21), Arizona (3/6), LSU (3/7), New Mexico State (3/10), San Jose State (2/12), California (2/13), Baylor (3/27), Texas Lutheran (2/28), Missouri (4/10), Nebraska (4/19), Oklahoma (5/14), South Carolina (5/20) and Fresno State (5/22) ? Batted .412 (7-for-17) in Big 12 Tournament ? Went 9-for-15 (.600) in NCAA Regional at Fresno, Calif. with three runs scored ? Led all regional batters in hits and batting average, second in on-base percentage (.647) and runs scored, tied for second with nine total bases, and fifth in slugging percentage (.600) ? Led conference in hits (74).
1998 SEASON - Selected Louisville Slugger NCAA All-America second team selection in her freshman campaign ? Voted to the All-Big 12 and All-Midwest Region first team ? Chosen Academic All-Big 12 Honorable Mention ? Named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ? Started in 63 games ... Led Tech with .352 batting average ... Collected 75 hits in 213 at-bats ... Recorded four doubles, two triples and one home run ... Collected 23 multi-hit games ? Tallied 10 multi-run contests ? Tallied team-highs in runs (48), hits (75) and stolen bases (26) ... Led the Big 12 conference in runs and hits ... Drove in 15 runs ... Recorded 46 putouts with three assists ... Made only two errors on the season and none in Big 12 play ... Recorded a .961 fielding percentage ? Began freshman campaign with eight hits in first 16 at-bats, collecting pair of hits in first game of doubleheader against New Mexico (2/8) and against Adams State (2/8) ? Went 3-for-4 with triple, two runs scored and one RBI in second game of twinbill against New Mexico (2/8) ? Stole three bases in first of two contest versus Southwest Texas State (2/16) ? Began nine-game hitting streak in first game of two versus Eastern New Mexico (2/18), going 2-for-2 with one run, two stolen bases and one RBI ? Had four straight contests with pair of hits to start the nine-game streak ? Went 2-for-3 with two runs in second game versus ENMU ? Went 2-for-3 and 2-for-4 in twinbill against Florida (2/20) ? Stole pair of bases in second of two contests versus Southwest Texas State (2/21) ? Had two hits in second game of doubleheader against Abilene Christian (2/24) with two runs and a double ? Collected 14 hits in 29 at-bats during nine-game streak with eight runs scored ? Was 2-for-2 versus Austin Peay (3/1) with run and two stolen bases ? Went 2-for-4 against ENMU (3/4) with two runs and solo home run, her only round-tripper of the campaign ? Collected pair of hits in first game of doubleheader against San Diego State (3/6) ? Recorded three hits in consecutive games versus Nebraska (3/12) and Oklahoma Christian (3/13) ? Also scored three runs, drove in pair of runs and stole two bases versus Oklahoma Christian ? Scored two runs in first game against St. Mary's ? Had pair of hits in consecutive games against San Jose State (3/18) and Santa Clara (3/20) ? Scored one run and drove in one run in both of those contests, as well ? Began seven-game hitting streak in first game of twinbill versus Kansas, going 2-for-3 with one run ? Collected two hits with one run and one RBI in second of two games against Abilene Christian (4/1) ? Collected one hit with two stolen bases in final game of streak against Oklahoma State (4/4) ? Went 9-for-23 in seven game streak ? Had pair of hits in first game versus Oklahoma with one run (4/5) ? Went 3-for-4 with one run in first game of twinbill versus Nebraska (4/10) ? Collected pair of hits in first game against Baylor (4/18) ? Recorded two hits in last three regular season games ? Went 2-for-4 in both ends of doubleheader versus Texas A&M (4/25), scoring pair of runs in opening contest ? Also went 2-for-4 against Texas (4/26) ? Went 2-for-8 with one run in Big 12 Tournament ? Posted team-leading .364 batting average in 17 conference games with five stolen bases, 20 hits and eight runs scored.
HIGH SCHOOL - 1998 graduate of Santa Rita High School ? Four-year softball letterwinner ... Team won division championship in 1997 with 26-4 record ... Advanced to state tournament three of her four years in high school ... As sophomore selected 4A Sonoran Conference first team, Southern Arizona second team and All-Southern Arizona second team ... Voted to 4A Kino second team and team co-captain as junior ? 4A All-Southern Arizona first team selection, as well as team captain and team MVP as senior ? Recognized with scholar athlete awards twice ? Member of French Club ? Was an International Science Fair volunteer ... Won first place award in L'Alliance de Francaise ... Also involved with Outreach and APEX ... Two-year varsity volleyball letterwinner ? Recognized as Who's Who Among American High School Students ? Played ASA for Tucson Roadrunners ... Advanced to nationals in 1996, finishing in ninth place ... Team won state and advanced to regionals in 1997 ... Was starting centerfielder and leadoff batter.
PERSONAL - Full name is Sandra Lynn Butler ... Born November 6, 1978, in Tucson, Ariz. ... Daughter of Jim Butler and Carol Gaddis ? Has one brother, Jesse, and one sister, Lauren ? Biology major with a specialization in Ecology/Pre-Vet ? Wants to become a veterinarian.