2003 -- Played in 47 games and started 34 ... Either saw action in the outfield or as a pinch runner ... Went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in game against Mississippi State ... Hit .206 in SEC play ... Started 21 of 25 SEC games.
2002 -- Starting right fielder ... Played in 58 games and started 55 ... Co-leader for triples on the team this season ... Finished the season tied for fourth in RBI on the team ... Went 3-for-4 against Missouri, the most hits she had in a single game for the season ... Longest hitting streak of the season was six games ... Second on the team in walks drawn ... Drove in four runs in game two against Furman ... In the Mississippi State series, she scored a run in each game ... Longest runs scored streak is four games ... Gave USC a 1-0 lead in its eventual 2-1 victory over NCAA regional opponent, Eastern Kentucky, as she hit her fourth home run of the season, her sixth career.
2001 -- Played in 28 games for USC, starting 12 ... Hit a grand slam in a Feb. 6 contest against Georgia Southern in her only at bat of the game ... Was third on the team with 16 substitution appearances ... Went 1-3 with one RBI in a victory against New Mexico State in the Fiesta Bowl Tournament.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Lettered six years under coach Richard Lundy ... AAA Player of the Year for Region 4 ... Miss Softball in the state of South Carolina ... Team was State Champions in her senior and sophomore years ... Runner-up her junior year ... Honor Roll student ... Also lettered four years in cheerleading.
PERSONAL -- Full name is Melissa Lynn Sandel ... Nicknamed Liz ... Majoring in Psychology ... Cites her sister, Stephanie, as having the biggest influence on her career ... Is the daughter of Delores and John Sandel ... Born Sept. 3, 1982.
Get To Know Melissa
What makes Carolina softball special?
The friendships and everyone's love for the game.
Who on the team would make a good coach and why?
Ashley Smith, because of her knowledge of the game and her patience.
What is your favorite Coach Compton saying?
"Real tough now black!" or "Liz, keep your toe in!"
If you could take three items with you to a deserted island, what would you take?
My blanket, my journal, and my grandma's necklace.
Would you rather backpack through Europe or go to a tropical resort for a month?
Go to a tropical resort for a month and lay out the whole time.
What is your biggest fear?
That something will happen to me and my bed won't be made up when they get to my house.
What is your best non-athletic talent?
Talking to people.