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Sam Banister bio
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 26, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona ?- 2006: Started 42 games, primarily at first base ... Women’s College World Series (June 1-6) Went 0-for-2 in a pair of pinch-hitting appearances ... Tucson Super Regional (5/26-27) Played in only Game 1, and started as the DP ... 0-for-1 at the plate with two sacrifice bunts ... Tucson Regional (5/18-20) Started at first designated player in UA’s regional-clinching victory over Auburn ... Went 1-for-3 in the game ... Started first 37 games of the year, before suffering an injury during April 9 loss to UCLA ... Missed 10 games from April 9 through her May 6 return, UA went 7-3 during that stretch ... Batted .267 (4-for-15) since her return ... Opened the year on a tear, batting .412 (7-for-17) with two homers and 10 RBI in UA’s first seven games of the year ... Longest hitting streak was a four-game stretch from March 16 through March 18 at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton ... Had a rough spell at the plate (.050,1-for-20) from March 26 through May 6 ... Batted .326 (15-for-46) in two-out situations.


High School: Petaluma High School, 2005 ... Named to All-Empire and all-league teams 2002-05 ... All-state first team 2003-05 ... Team won NCS championship in 2003 and ?'04 ... Finished as runner-up in league MVP voting in 2003 and ?'04 ... Hit a walk-off home run to clinch 2004 NCS championship ... Hit home runs in all three of her 2005 postseason at-bats ... Holds school records in home runs, batting average and RBI ... Team MVP in volleyball for 2004 and 2005 ... Student body president in 2005, after serving as vice president in 2004.


Personal: Undecided in area of academic pursuit... Daughter of Jon Banister and Holly Pruett ... Father owns three gyms, mother is head administrator at a surgery center ... Father (retired) and uncle Jim Banister both professional rodeo cowboys ... Siblings are brother Jake (18), step-sisters Jordan (18) and Logan (13), Brittany (12) Caitlin (5) and step-brother Jake (9) ... Born Samantha Marie Banister on April 8, 1987.