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Lauren Holifield
Lauren  Holifield

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Columbus, Miss.

Last College:
Jones County JC

Height:
5-5

Position:
INF

Experience:
1L

Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (2015-16)
Conference USA Newcomer of the Year (2016)
Conference USA All-Tournament Team (2016)
Second-Team All-Conference (2016)

2016 (Junior): Had a decorated junior season ... Named Conference USA Newcomer of the Year ... Named to Second-Team All-Conference, C-USA All-Tournament Team and to the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll ... Played in 57 games on the season, making 56 starts ... Recorded a .339 batting average, going 58-for-171 with eight doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 40 RBI and 36 runs scored ... Drew 22 walks and one hit by pitch for an on-base percentage of .413 ... Led the team in batting average (.339), slugging percentage (.626), runs scored (36), hits (58), RBI (40), home runs (13), and total bases (107) ... Second on the team in on base percentage (.413) and walks (22) ... Defensively, posted 100 putouts and 96 assists in 210 chances finishing with a .933 fielding percentage ... Was second on the team in assists (96) and third on the team in chances (210) and fielding double plays (8) ... Had multiple hits in 15 games, including a season high four hits against Ball State .. Recorded at least two RBI in 10 games with a season high of five RBI against both Middle Tennessee and UTEP ... Had a standout game against Middle Tennessee going 2-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI, and three runs ... Was named to the 2016 Spring Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

2015 (Sophomore, Jones County JC): Named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Softball Player of the Year ... Tabbed First Team NJCAA Division II All-American and All-Region 23 ... Named MACJC Player of the Week and NJCAA Division II Player of the Week twice ... Helped Jones County JC to a 41-6 overall record and a ranking no lower than No. 3 in the poll ... With 78 hits on the season, boasted a .503 batting average that ranked 16th in the nation and led Region 23 -- earning her one of the region's two Marucci Elite Hitter awards ... Led the NJCAA with 28 home runs and a 1.174 slugging percentage ... Totaled 20 doubles on the year and drove home 82 RBI -- 5th most in the DII ranks ... Posted five multi-home run performances, including hitting two home runs in back-to-back games in the final contests of the regular season ... Best performance came in a 17-6 win over Lincoln Land (Ill.), going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run and a career-high six RBI ... One of just 16 players named to the NJCAA All-Star team (along with former JCJC and current Southern Miss teammate Tori Dew) that competed in the 21st Annual Canadian Open Fastpitch International Competition in Surrey, British Columbia (July 3-13), earning All-Tournament Team honors ... In the classroom, named the JCJC Female Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award winner, having a 4.0 GPA -- the highest GPA in 2014-15 of any JCJC female student-athlete.

2014 (Freshman, Jones County JC): Named All-Region 23 ... Helped Jones County JC post a 52-6 record (a single season school record for wins in a season), finishing as runner ups in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament and finishing ranked No. 2 in the final poll of the season behind national champion LSU-Eunice ... Batted .476, going 88-for-185 with 16 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 55 runs scored and 73 RBI ... Also saw time in the circle, making 17 appearances -- all starts -- with 90.1 innings pitched, including 12 complete games ... Boasted a 2.32 earned run average with a 16-1 overall record, striking out 54 batters.

High School: Lettered at New Hope High School in Columbus, Miss. ... Led the Trojans to the playoffs each year of high school with a North State Championship and three North State Runner-up finishes ... District Champions in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ... Named First Team All-District as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior, while earning First Team All-State accolades as a junior ... Dubbed Commercial Dispatch Player of the Year, Best Defense, Clutch Hitter, Best Offense and Pitcher of the Year, while being named North MVP at the Mississippi All-Star Game ... Also played basketball, helping NHHS to a District Championship in 2012 ... Honor student.

Personal: Full name is Lauren Elizabeth Holifield ... Daughter of Connie Sharpe and Dwayne Holifield ... Has brother, Acy Harris, and two sisters, Tori Harris and Kolbi Holifield ... Mother, Connie, played softball at Mississippi State, while sister, Tori, played softball at Birmingham Southern ... Born on Aug. 9 in Jackson, Miss. ... Majoring in sport management.

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