|6 Heather Pritchard
2008 (Junior): Started and played in 42 games ... Missed 13 games due to injury ... Hit the first grand-slam of her career in the 10-5 win over UNC Greensboro ... Tied for third on the team in batting average with .286 ... Ranked second in the record books for career batting average (.303) and stolen bases (12).
2007 (Sophomore):Named to the 2007 Spring Southern Conference's TIAA-CREF Academic All-Conference team ... Missed almost a month of the season (February 21-March 28) due to an injury ... Played in 34 games and started 31 ... Hit the game-winning RBI double in the Catamounts' 5-4 win over Georgia State in eight innings ... Had 15 hits in just 74 at bats and also recorded four doubles ... Ranked third in the career record books for hits with 72.
2006 (Freshman): Appeared in 60 of the team's 61 games as a freshman making 59 starts between shortstop (43) and catcher (16) ... Led WCU in three offensive categories including batting average (.361) and sacrifice hits (20) ... Ranked third in the SoCon in batting average, on-base percentage (.461), slugging percentage (.576) and runs scored (47) while also ranking tied for fifth in walks (30) and tied for ninth in home runs (9) ... Her sacrifice hits per game average of 0.33 led the SoCon and ranked 14th in the NCAA statistics ... Named first team All-Southern Conference and selected to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State team ... Was named to the 2006 adidas/Winthrop All-Tournament team after going 7-for-12 with a double, home run, and two RBI helping WCU to a runner-up finish in the silver bracket ... Recorded Western's second-longest hitting streak of the season, reaching successfully in nine-straight from Mar. 10-18 and tallied the team's second-most, multiple-hit games with 16 including three with three-hits ... Posted a SoCon seasonal-best three sacrifice hits against Appalachian State in the conference tournament (5/11/06) ... Earned the team's "Catamount Award" as chosen by the coaching staff to reward hard-work throughout the season ... Was named to the SoCon's Honor Roll for the 2005-06 academic year.
High School: A career .389 hitter who hit a best .474 during her senior campaign in 2004 ... Was a four-year starting varsity catcher ... Hit 13 career homeruns, including a North Carolina state record three in a single game (vs. Hibriten, 2003), tied with WCU teammate Beth Hauser ... Earned All-Northwestern 4-A Conference honors three of her four years, earning an honorable mention all-conference mention her sophomore year ... Named Caldwell County Player of the Year both as a junior and senior, adding All-State honors as a junior ... Was a three-time team MVP ... During her prep career, was also a four-year varsity basketball player, earning all-county honors each of her last three seasons and all-conference accolades as a senior ... Was a North Carolina Scholar and president of her senior class ... Played club softball with three different squads, including the Tri-County Twisters and Catawba Valley Hit-n-Run.
Personal: Full name is Heather Renee Pritchard ... Daughter of Kenny and Connie Pritchard ... Has one younger sibling, Michael ... Majoring in Management.