Amanda Lorenz

Amanda Lorenz (born April 25, 1997) is an American professional softball player for the USSSA Pride and current volunteer assistant softball coach for the Florida Gators. She played college softball for the Florida Gators, where she was named NFCA National Freshman of the Year in 2016.

Amanda Lorenz
Biographical details
Born (1997-05-25) May 25, 1997 (age 24)
Moorpark, California
Playing career
2016–2019Florida
2019–presentUSSSA Pride
Position(s)Infielder / Outfielder
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2020–presentFlorida (Volunteer asst.)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards

High school careerEdit

Lorenz attended Moorpark High School in Moorpark, California. She was a four-time Cal-Hi Sports First Team All-State, and three-time First Team All-American. During her freshman year, she was named Cal-Hi Sports California Freshman of the Year.[1] During her sophomore year in 2013, she batted .625, with 50 hits, 17 home runs, nine doubles, 45 runs scored, 40 RBIs, and a 1.375 slugging percentage. She helped Moorpark capture its first outright Marmonte League title and was named the league's most valuable player. She was also named Ventura County Player of the Year and a finalist for Cal-Hi Sports Ms. Softball State Player of the Year.[2][3]

During her junior year in 2014, she batted .642 with 22 doubles, eight home runs, 48 runs, 30 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases. She struck out only three times in 118 plate appearances and had an on-base percentage of .678. Following the season, she was named Ventura County Player of the Year, and Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year.[4] She finished her high school career with a .592 batting average, .657 on-base percentage, 1.111 slugging percentage, 202 hits, 126 RBI 50 doubles, five triples and 39 home runs.[5] She was ranked the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2015 by FloSoftball.[6]

College careerEdit

Lorenz made her collegiate debut for Florida in 2016. During her freshman year she recorded a team-high .403 batting average, 14 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 48 RBI, 56 runs scored, and 48 walks. Following an outstanding season, she was named first team ALL-SEC, Freshman All-SEC, SEC Freshman of the Year, and NFCA National Freshman of the Year.[7][8] During her sophomore year in 2017 she posted a .389 batting average, 12 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 46 RBI, 60 runs scored and 58 walks. Following the season she was named All-SEC first team, first-team All-American and 2017 Women's College World Series all-tournament team.[5]

During her junior year in 2018, she started all 67 games for the Gators where she recorded a .416 batting average, 61 RBI, 19 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 70 walks and 75 runs. She led the team with 21 multi-hit games, ranked second with 17 multi-RBI games and had a team best eight game hitting streak and reached base safely in all 67 games. She became the only player in program history to reach base safely in all games played during a season, she also broke the Florida single-season record for walks with 70, and set the program single-season record for highest on base percentage (.582).[5] Following an outstanding season, she was named a top-four finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, All-SEC first team, and first team All-American.[9][10]

During her senior year in 2019, she had a .422 batting average, with 78 hits, 14 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, and 41 RBI. Following the season she was named All-SEC first team, SEC all-defensive team, and a top 10 finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year, and Senior CLASS Award.[11][12] She finished her career at Florida as the program leader in batting average (.407), on-base-percentage (.549), walks (238) and doubles (59), second in hits (301), total bases (507), and sac flies (12), and third in slugging percentage (.685), runs (248) and triples (12). She also reached base safely in 254 out of 265 games played. She was the program's second four-time NFCA All-American, and the first in program history, eighth in SEC history, to be named a four-time All-SEC first team selection. Lorenz helped lead the Gators to three consecutive SEC regular season titles, back-to-back SEC Tournament Championships in 2018 and 2019, and three consecutive Women's College World Series from 2017 to 2019.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Lorenz was drafted second overall by USSSA Pride in the 2019 NPF Draft.[13] On June 7, 2019, she signed a two-year contract with the team.[14] During her first season with the team in 2019, she helped USSSA Pride win the Cowles Cup.[15]

Coaching careerEdit

On August 28, 2020, Lorenz was named volunteer assistant coach for the Florida Gators.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tennis, Mark (July 4, 2012). "All-State Softball: Underclass". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  2. ^ Potkey, Rhiannon (June 19, 2013). "Moorpark High's Amanda Lorenz named The Star's Softball Player of the Year". Ventura County Star. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  3. ^ Abend, Harold (June 11, 2013). "Ms. Softball State POY Finalists". calhisports.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "year". Los Angeles Daily News. June 18, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "Amanda Lorenz". floridagators.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  6. ^ Eads, Brentt (January 16, 2015). "What makes a Hot 100 player? Part 5 (1/16)". flosoftball.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  7. ^ "2016 SEC Softball Awards announced". secsports.com. May 10, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  8. ^ "Florida's Lorenz named 2016 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year". NFCA.org. May 31, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  9. ^ "2018 SEC Softball Awards announced". secsports.com. May 8, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  10. ^ Brooks, Herb (May 23, 2018). "Barnhill, Lorenz Announced as USA Softball Player of the Year Top 4 Finalists". floridagators.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  11. ^ Brooks, Herb (April 3, 2019). "Barnhill, Lorenz Named Senior CLASS Top-10 Finalists". floridagators.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  12. ^ Brooks, Herb (April 24, 2019). "Barnhill, Lorenz Named Finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year". floridagators.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  13. ^ Brooks, Herb (April 15, 2019). "Barnhill, Lorenz Headline 2019 NPF College Draft". floridagators.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  14. ^ "Lorenz Signs 2-Year Deal With Pride". usssapride.com. June 13, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  15. ^ Lombardo, Kayla (August 17, 2019). "USSSA Pride Capture Second Straight Cowles Cup". softballamerica.com. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  16. ^ Haley, Ryan (August 28, 2020). "Lorenz set to join softball coaching staff as volunteer assistant". alligator.org. Retrieved July 2, 2021.