As A Junior In 2002 ... Named to the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament and All-Academic teams ... Verizon Academic All-District I team member ... Named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and UMass Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Started 65 games at first base ... Batted .253 with four home runs, 25 runs scored and 75 total bases ... Led team and was second in the conference with 41 RBIs and 13 doubles ... Ranks third all-time on the school chart with 15 career home runs, fifth with 40 doubles and seventh with 106 RBIs ... Went 1-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored in a 6-0 win over St. Bonaventure ... Drove in three runs and hit a home run in a 7-1 victory over Fordham ... Went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs in a 3-1 win over Vermont ... Hit 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs in a 4-0 shutout of Saint Joseph's ... Belted a home run in the 6-0 win over Rhode Island ... Went 1-for-3 and drove in all three runs in a 3-1 win over Southern Illinois ... Had two hits and two RBIs in conference shutouts of La Salle (8-0), Dayton (7-0) and Rhode Island (8-0).
As A Sophomore In 2001 ... Verizon Academic All-America third team selection ... Verizon Academic All-District I first team selection ... Named to the 2001 Athletic Council Honor Roll for the highest GPA on team ... A-10 Academic All-Conference selection ... Named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and UMass Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Started all 57 games at first base ... Hit .278 on the season, including 14 doubles and two home runs ... Recorded 11 multiple-hit games ... Maintained a .391 on-base percentage, .401 slugging percentage and .993 fielding percentage.
As A Freshman In 2000 ... Second team Easton Sports and third team Louisville Slugger All-America selection ... First team All-Northeast Region pick ... Honored as a New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association All-Star ... A-10 Rookie of the Year ... Named to the A-10 All-Conference and All- Tournament teams ... Two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week selection ... Led team in batting average (.383), hits (62), home runs (nine), doubles (13), on-base percentage (.449) and slugging percentage (.630) ... The nine home runs were a then-UMass single-season record, which has since been tied ... Ranked fourth in the A-10 in fielding percentage (.991).
Before UMass ... A four-year letterwinner in softball at Bishop Amat (Calif.) High School ... Helped Lancers to three Del Ray League championships (1996-98) ... Lancers were California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) semifinalist in 1999 ... Four-time first team All-League and All-San Gabriel Valley selection ... Two-time CIF pick ... Named Del Ray MVP and team captain as a senior ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal ... Full name is Brandi Dionne Cross ... Born on Oct. 30, 1981, in Bellflower, Calif. ... Daughter of Erwin and Linda Cross ... Has a sister, Latisha (26) ... Enrolled in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Mathematics.
Brandi Cross at UMass