Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Sam Banister
Sam Banister


Petaluma, Calif.

High School:







UA Softball vs. Oregon

Wildcats vs. Ducks


Softball vs Cypress College

UA Softball vs Cypress College

2008: Started 52 games, splitting time at first, and then filling in at second after Victoria Kemp's injury ... WCWS: 1-for-5 in the tournament with a hit against UCLA in Game 1, and tallied nine putouts and a sacrifice hit ... Tucson Super Regional: Tallied one hit in eight at-bats, but it was in the form of a bleacher bomb. The first-inning shot followed Jenae Leles' rooftop blast, and propelled Arizona to a 2-0 lead in clinching Game 3... Hempstead, N.Y. Regional: Nabbed two hits, including a three-run jack against Hofstra in a 10-0 run-rule victory ... Had a career year in which she hit 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 28 ribbies, all besting previous marks ... Saw her slugging percentage rise dramatically from the 2007 campaign to .526, and her total strikeouts drop to 20 ... Had seven two-hit games, including a two-double effort against Long Island in Palm Springs ... Had a career high three hits against Baylor on Feb. 22 ... Crossed home plate three times against Creighton on March 7 to finish off a day where she drew two walks, hit a home run and hit her first career triple ... Smashed five long balls during Pac-10 play, including a first-inning three-run blast at ASU on April 19, then hit two more in Regional action to become the fifth Wildcat in 2008 to tally 10 or more home runs ... Tied a career-high with five at-bats in a 13-inning game against Massachusetts on Feb. 23 ... Had a career-high seven-game hitting streak during Pac-10 play from Mar. 30 against Cal to April 12 against UCLA.

2007: Started 53 games at either first base or designated player...Batted .361 (13-for-36) over UA's last 13 games of the year...Entered WCWS with career-best, six-game hitting streak ...WCWS: Batted .304 (7-for-23) ...After going hitless in first two WCWS games, she had a five-game hit streak (7-for-14) encompassing a four-game stretch of elimination games ...In first game vs. Washington, she broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with a two-run, game-winning double ...In first two games of the Championship Series, she joined an ultra-exclusive club with back-to-back multi-hit games off Monica Abbott ...In Game 2, the game-winning run was scored by Danielle Rodriguez, who pinch ran for Banister in 10th inning ...Tucson Super Regional: Went 2-for-6 at the plate with a hit in both games to extend streak ...Her walk to lead off third inning of Game 2 proved to be the game-winning run ...Tucson Regional: Batted .429 (3-for-7) with a patient four walks for a .636 on-base percentage ...Led UA with 14 sac bunts and led the Pac-10 with 10 SH in conference games ... Opened the year with a pair of two-RBI games at the Kajikawa Classic ... Tallied five multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games ...Only UA player other than Sarah Akamine to hit a grand slam. The four-run dinger came in UA's 8-0, run-rule win over New Mexico on March 24 ... Hit three home runs in Pac-10 play, which tied her with Chelsie Mesa for second on the team. The long balls came at Oregon (May 4), Oregon State (May 5) and a walk-off home run to cap off the regular season on May 12 vs. Washington. The home run vs. Washington gave UA a Senior Day win and avoided the first three-game home sweep in Hillenbrand Stadium history.

2006: Started 42 games, primarily at first base...WCWS: Went 0-for-2 in a pair of pinch-hitting appearances ... Tucson Super Regional: Played in Game 1 and started as the DP...0-for-1 at the plate with two sacrifice bunts ... Tucson Regional: Started at 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...Batted .267 (4-for-15) after 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 ...Batted .326 (15-for-46) in two-out situations.

High School: Petaluma, Calif., 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 for 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: Academic major is family studies with a minor in religious studies ... Daughter of Jon Banister and Holly Pruett ... Father owns batting cages, mother is head administrator at a surgery center ... Father (retired) was, and uncle Jim Banister is, a professional rodeo cowboy ... Super-dad Jeff Pruett is the owner of Watts Constructors, one of the largest construction firms in the U.S. ... Siblings are brother Jake and sisters Jordan and Logan ... Born Samantha Marie Banister on April 8, 1987.