2003 -- Co-leader on the team in runs scored (38) ... Is the Gamecocks' top returning hitter (.299) ... Has played and started in 186 games of a possible 188 ... Missed the first game of her career when she had to sit out for the Virginia series due to a sore back ... Recorded an eight-game runs scored streak ...Drew three walks in a game against Mississippi State for a team season high ... For the second straight season she drew 20-plus walks ... Recorded a .949 fielding percentage and finished third among the conference shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage in SEC games... Was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Second on the team in hits in SEC play.
2002 -- Player of the Week honoree ... One of four home run leaders for the season with six ... Led the team in doubles (66) ... Among top five on team in hitting (.301) ... One of four players to start all 66 games this season ... Has started every USC game for two years ... Fifth on the team in runs scored (30) ... Second on team for RBI (34) ... Holds season high for hits in a game with four (Tennessee) ... Longest hitting streak of the season was five games ... Had six multiple RBI games and 13 multiple hit games ... Led the team in hits with runners on base as she recorded a .368 average (32-for-87) ... Led the team in walks (28) ... Was second on the team in hitting at SEC Tournament as she went 6-for-11 (.545) ... Led the team in RBI with five for the SEC tournament.
2001 -- Started all of USC's 61 games as a
true freshman ... Was second on the team with 22 RBI's ... Had
nine multiple hit games on the season ... Was second on the
team with five multiple RBI games ... Had a five game hitting
streak during the season ... Posted two RBI's against Kentucky
in an SEC Tournament victory.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Named to
the Arizona Daily Star All-Southern Arizona All-Star team ...
Only recipient of the National Student-Athlete Day Award from
the National Consortium for Academics and Sports ... Earned
Most Valuable Player honors in the 2000 Memorial Day
PERSONAL -- Full name is Amber Leeann Curtis
... Nickname is AC or Ace ... Majoring in Criminal Justice ...
Greatest athletic thrill came when she hit a grand slam to win
a game ... Career goal is to become an FBI agent or pro
softball player ... Credits her mom as having the biggest
influence on her softball career ... Has two brothers, Aaron
and Matthew ... Is the daughter of Kathy Curtis ... Born Dec.
Get To Know Amber
What is your favorite Coach Compton saying?
A favorite quote of hers that I truly believe is "We're only as strong as our weakest player."
What is your best non-athletic talent?
I have quite an eccentric talent. I am fascinated with the manipulation of the English language and often find myself entertaining family and friends with my ability to say any word backwards as quickly as it is being said forwards.
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is that I will look back on my life and regret things that I have done or failed to do. I often remind myself that I only live my life once.
What makes Carolina softball special?
The team chemistry this year is incredible. We have a great compilation this year and we have the ability to do great things under Coach Compton and her staff.