LMU Softball's hitting philosophy is breeding success at the plate in 2016. The LMU Sports Network spoke with Assistant Coach Randy Ward and players Meghan von Behren and Amanda Dirks about their approach at the plate.
Game two of doubleheader at Smith Field on Mar. 10, 2016
2016 NFCA All-Region third team ... All-WCC second team ... Started in 47 of 50 games ... Led the team in home runs (12) and RBI (37) ... Posted a .329 batting average and .638 slugging percentage ... Posted 15 multi-hit games ... Made one error in 59 chances for a .983 fielding percentage ... Went 2-for-3 with four RBI against Saint Peter's (March 1) ... Went 3-for-4 with two home runs and 5 RBI at BYU (April 8) ... Recipient of the Betty Werner Memorial Endowed Scholarship
2015... Started all 52 games she appeared in... member of the Lions' outfield... All-WCC Second Team... led LMU with a .370 batting average... also team leader in hits (54) and runs (33)... had nine doubles, one triple and seven home runs for a team-high .589 slugging percentage... 15 multi-hit games including two three-hit outings... tied for the team lead with nine multi-RBI games... had six games with three RBIs... had two home runs, including a walk off in a 5-4 win over WCC rival Saint Mary's (Apr. 25)... 43 putouts and seven assists with no errors for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
2014... Earned 32 starts in the outfield and appeared in 40 total games as a rookie... hit .250 with 25 hits in 100 at bats... had five doubles, five home runs and 20 RBIs, which ranked third on the team... season0high three hits was versus Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 20)... had a season-high four RBI versus Harvard (Mar. 19)... 19 putouts, one assist and no errors in the field.
High School A 2013 graduate of Yorba Linda High School in Yorba Linda, CA... three-year varsity letterwinner under head coach Sharon Farrell... All-Empire League honors as a junior and senior... named to the All-Star team of the Michelle Carew Classic Softball Tournament... hit .347 as a senior... member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation.
Personal Amanda Taylor Dirks was born July 27, 1995 in Upland, CA... parents are Roberta and Darren Dirks... has two younger siblings, Andrew and Mallory...father, Darren, played baseball at Cal Poly Pomona... has volunteered at Santa Clara de Asis Church in Yorba Linda and Little Friends Preschool... chose LMU for the location, softball program and class sizes... Economics major.