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2014 Softball Roster

Laura Dukes

Class: JR-2L
Position: C
Height: 5-10
Previous School: Jefferson County HS
Hometown: New Market, Tenn.

2013-2014 (Junior)
Garnered Capital One Academic All-District First Team and TSWA Softball Player of the Week March 26 … Named College Sports Madness Conference USA Preseason All-Conference First Team … Started all 55 games at catcher … Led the team in batting average (.362), hits (55), doubles (17), RBI (33), slugging percentage (.592), walks (34) and on-base percentage (.505) … Set the Middle Tennessee single-season walks record and on-base percentage record … Registered a .969 fielding percentage with only six errors … Notched six home runs, including back-to-back home runs against WKU April 16 and Chattanooga April 18 .... Finished first on the team with nine multi-RBI games and second with 13 multi-hit games … Reached base safely in 28-straight games and tallied an 11-game hitting streak … Picked off four runners and threw out nine on stolen base attempts.

2012-2013 (Sophomore)
Batted team high .281 with 19 RBIs and 10 runs scored this year … collected 36 hits and led team with 7 homers … had team highs with a .408 on-base percentage, a .477 slugging percentage and 24 walks earned … had the team's third best fielding percentage at .982 with 39 assists and only 4 errors.

2011-2012 (Freshman)
Started 34 games in 37 total appearances at catcher and designated player ... Blasted game-winning, two-out, solo home run in the top of the seventh to break 1-1 tie en route to 2-1 victory over Drake on March 10 ... Home run was the first of her career and garnered her nomination for Raiders’ Choice Awards’ Play of the Year Award ... Picked up game-winning RBI with bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in bottom of the seventh of 6-5 comeback victory against Eastern Michigan on March 10 ... Hit game-tying solo homer to lead off the top of the seventh en route to 3-2 win over Eastern Illinois on March 14 ... Tallied career-high three hits and two runs knocked in on March 11 against Southeast Missouri while going 3-3 at the plate with a home run ... Registered five multi-hit games including three consecutive in mid-March ... Finished tied for first on the team with six hit-by-pitches ... Ended year as one of two regular starters with perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

High School
Competed in softball and swimming at Jefferson County ... Served as athletic trainer for football and basketball teams ... Helped the Patriots to district championships in 2010 and 2011 ... Three-time All-Northeast Tennessee ... Four-time All-Conference ... Three-time All-Tournament team ... Four-time All-Academic team … Member of the Country Youth Leadership team and National Society of High School Scholars and Who’s Who of the United States …Received Presidential Honors four times … Student of the Year nominee three years …. President of the National Technical Honors Society for two years, member for four … Graduated with high honors.

Born Jan. 13, 1993 in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Daughter of Monte and Valerie Dukes ... Has one sister named Shelby (18)... Likes to play ping-pong, swim, lacrosse and watching movies … Enjoys eating steak … Two favorite TV shows include Chicago Fire and ESPN … Casting Crowns and Rascal Flatts are her two favorite musical groups … Kung Fu Panda is her favorite superhero … Hitting a home run her freshmen year against Drake and going to state her junior year rank as the top-two athletic achievements … Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy along with the Bible are her two favorite books … Dream job is to be a college head coach … Friendships, competing everyday are two of the reasons she enjoys being a Blue Raider … Majoring in Organizational Communication with a minor in coaching.

2014 Game-by-Game Stats