#17 - Heather Collins
Montverde, Fla. (Mt. Dora Bible)
|HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL)
Coach Peck says: "Heather really showed what she was capable of through her power and consistency last year at the plate. She continues to impress with her phenomenal glove and consistent play at first base, as well. Since last season, she has not missed a beat and will be heavily relied upon to anchor the middle of our lineup in her senior year. She has taken steps to improve her overall game, and is a well-respected player throughout the A-Sun. Her work in the weightroom has taken her game to the next level, and she now has several strength records to show for it. Heather has really grown as a person and understands her role on this team. We are anxious to have one last season with her this spring."
2007: Slugged a career-high 14 home runs, tying with teammate Abby Keese for the team lead and third in the A-Sun. ...Recorded a career-high 53 RBI, third highest in the conference. ...Led team in hitting with a career-high .370 average, fourth in the A-Sun. ...One of only thee players to start all 54 games, a career high. ...Led team in total bases with 113, fifth best in the A-Sun. ...Second on team and third in the conference with a .669 slugging percentage, also a career high. ...Second on team in multiple-hit games with 21 (18 with two hits, two with three and one with four). ...Recorded four hits vs Gardner-Webb (April 6). Scored a season-high three runs vs Middle Tennessee State (April 26). ...Second on team in multiple RBI games with 11 (five with two, two with three, one with four, three with five or more). ...Season and career-high seven RBI vs Belmont (March 17). Season-high 13 putouts vs Campbell (April 21)....Hit six times by opposing pitchers, tying her for third in the A-Sun. ...Longest hitting streak of the season was six games.
2006: Played in 41 games, starting 40. ...Batted .237. ...Third on team in slugging pct. (.377). ..Second in runs batted in (18). ...Tied for second in home runs with four. ... Posted fielding percentage of .975.
2005 Atlantic Sun All-Conference Second Team...Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team...Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference...played in 46 games, starting all 46... led team with a .344 average at the plate and a .472 slugging percentage...finished second in RBI with 24 and third in home runs (4) and runs scored (23)...had 13 multi-hit games, good for second on the team...tied for team lead with six multiple RBI games...completed the second longest hitting streak of the season, hitting safely in nine straight games from Mar. 10-22... finished ninth in the A-Sun in hitting...had her first career hit in game 2 vs. Austin Peay (Feb. 15) on opening day, when she was 2-3...torched North Texas pitchers (Feb. 19), going 5-6 in two games, with a double and four runs scored, to lead the Lady Bisons to the sweep in the Sooner Invitational, hosted by Oklahoma...hit safely in both at-bats in game 2 vs. Jacksonville State (Feb. 26)...was 5-13 in four games vs. Middle Tennessee, with at least one hit and RBI in each game, including a 2-4 performance in game 1 on Mar. 10...perhaps her most productive game came Mar. 15 in game 2 vs. Western Kentucky, when she had two hits, a double and a homerun (the first of her career), in three at-bats, adding three RBI and two runs scored...also had a hit and drove in two in game 1 vs. WKU (Mar. 15)...was 2-5, with a homerun, two RBI, and four walks, in a two game series with Dayton (Mar. 19)...had two hits, one a homerun, and two RBI, in two at-bats vs. North Carolina (Apr. 3)...hit 3-6, with two RBI, two runs scored, and a homerun, in a sweep of Stetson (Apr. 15)...in a 1-0 win over Georgia State (Apr. 23), led team with a 2-3 performance at the plate...had at least one hit in five of her last six conference games, including a 2-3 performance with a homerun and two RBI vs. Mercer (Apr. 24)...went 3-5 in double-header with Campbell (Apr. 30), scoring two runs and adding two walks...closed out A-Sun play with another 3-5 day vs. Gardner-Webb (May 1)...helped the Lady Bisons to a 4-2 win over the Crimson Tide of Alabama (May 8) in last regular season game, with a 2-4 performance, adding an RBI and run scored...solid defensively leading team with a .990 fielding percentage from first base.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in softball and basketball at Mt. Dora Home and Bible... three-year letterwinner in volleyball...Orlando Sentinel Lake County Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore...named All-County all four years...All-Region as a freshman, sophomore, and senior...All-State second team as a freshman and All-State first team as a sophomore...competed for Dot's Diamonds summer team (sponsored by former Olympian Dot Richardson), and won the NSA National Championship in 2003-04.
Personal: Psychology major at Lipscomb...hobbies include anything outdoors, anything social, dancing, singing in the car, reading on rainy days, relaxing in a hammock, and eating dinner with her family...favorite food is spaghetti and she has too many favorite movies to even name...enjoys listening to Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and watching Nip/Tuck...would love to one day jump off a waterfall or skydive, but never has...thinks her best vacation would be going to Santorini, Greece...superstitious about always stepping on the plate before she goes to her position and listening to music before games...considers herself a city girl than a country girl...the best advice she[apos]s ever received was "Be yourself, never hide who you really are"... believes her biggest sports thrill was hitting a grand slam on her mom's birthday...most admires her Nana because "she is so assured of herself and never sways from her beliefs. She has helped me through many hard times and her love for me has never changed"...says the best thing about Lady Bison softball is her wonderful teammates who she could not survive without...chose Lipscomb because "the academics are amazing at this school so I can get the best education here while being around fantastic people"...goal of winning an A-Sun Championship before she graduates...would love to play overseas upon graduation...has no brothers or sisters...parents are Roger and Sue Collins...Heather Renee Collins was born March 28, 1986 in Orlando, Fla.
The Collins File:
Favorite color: Navy blue
Favorite tv show: Nip/Tuck
Hidden talent: I can make really good sandwiches and salads
Pet peeve: A rainy day when you just dried your hair
Country you most want to visit: Greece
Favorite singer/band: Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Person in history you would most like to meet: Maybe not necessarily meet them, but I would have liked to have seen how the world would have turned out if JFK and MLK had not been assassinated.
Something no one knows about you: I'm an open book...everyone knows everything about me
Superstition: Listening to music before games
In a movie about your life, who would play you? Katherine Heigl
Favorite food: Spaghetti
Favorite class at Lipscomb: Behavior Modification
More of a country or city girl? City
Favorite professional player: Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez
Favorite professional team: Detroit Tigers
If you didn[apos]t play softball, what other collegiate sport would you play? Basketball
Decided to attend Lipscomb because: The academics are amazing at this school...so I will be able to get the best education here while being around fantastic people.
The first place you would take someone visiting Nashville for the first time: Café Coco
Best thing about Lady Bison softball: My wonderful teammates who I could not survive without
Before every game I: Listen to rock music
Person you most admire and why: My Nana...she is so assured of herself and never sways from her beliefs. She has helped me through many hard times and her love for me has never changed.
Favorite quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi
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