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Union softball signs former Brighton and Southwest standout

Amber Hayes

JACKSON, Tenn. - 6/12/2009 - Amber Hayes of Brighton, Tenn. has signed to continue her college softball career with the Lady Bulldogs of Union University. Hayes will enter Union this fall as a junior and will major in Pre-Pharmacy.

Hayes, a 5-foot-9 shortstop, comes to Union after playing her freshman season at the University of Tennessee-Martin and her sophomore season at Southwest Tennessee Community College. As a sophomore, Hayes was named first team All-TCCAA and was the first ever Southwest player to be named national player of the week. She set a Southwest single season record with 17 homeruns, six triples and 65 RBI. Hayes hit .434 on the season and was 9-5 as a pitcher with a 2.93 ERA and 56 strikeouts. While at UT-Martin as a freshman, she was selected to the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Hayes prepped at Brighton High School where she excelled in softball, volleyball and basketball. As a softball player, Hayes helped lead her team to three straight district and region titles from 2004 through 2006. In 2004 and 2005, Brighton won sub-state titles, advancing to the state tournament. During her high school career, Hayes was a four-time Best of the Preps All-Metro, four-time all-district, district MVP, Millington Star and Covington Leader Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the year and team captain. Hayes enjoyed success on numerous summer league teams, including the 2006 NFSA National Championship. In volleyball, Hayes was named district Player of the Year as a senior and was a two-time all-district and all-district tournament player.

Off the field, Hayes was a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Honor Roll, Calculus Club, Mu Alpha Theta and Spanish Club. She earned the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award.

Hayes is the daughter of David and Karen Hayes.

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