MISCELLANEOUS: Elected by peers to share team captaincy ... three-year letterwinner.
2014: First baseman who drew starts in 41 of 45 appearances ... recorded 314 putouts along with 10 assists ... collected 25 hits to include first career triple that keyed an 8-7 nine-inning nightcap win over St. Peterâ€TMs after knocking in a pair of runs that tied the score in the seventh ... batted .216 for the season ... drove in nine runs and scored seven times batting in the middle to lower half of the lineup ... drew 15 walks ... hit safely in 21 games to include four multiple-hit games ... shined in Patriot League games batting .343 drawing duty in 14 games, 12 as a starter, for third highest average ... involved in 92 chances with 88 putouts, two assists and two miscues ... pieced together a season-long seven-game league hitting streak for third longest on the team that encompassed Lafayette, Holy Cross and a game against Lehigh ... scored Armyâ€TMs lone run in season opener at the Houston Invite against Stephen F. Austin in denying the Ladyjacks the shutout ... scored in the top of the seventh after opening the inning with a line drive down the left field line ... moved to second on an infield error and scored with two outs when the center fielder misplayed a flyout ... closed out the year batting .305 hitting safely in 10 of 13 games collecting 11 hits in 36 at bats ... batted .290 in 17 home matches at the Softball Complex.
2013: Infielder who started 31 games before suffering season-ending injury against Patriot League rival Lafayette on April 28th ... batted a season-best .216 hitting in the lower half of the lineup ... drew 14 starts at first base, three at second with 14 as the designated player ... collected 19 hits to include first career home run that knocked in three runs in sparking Army's come-from-behind 4-2 nightcap win over Rider to complete the doubleheader sweep ... season-long four-game hitting streak recorded against conference rival Bucknell (6-for-13) ... batted .461 in that series ... drew season-high five at bats against the Bison ... in midst of three-game hitting streak against Lafayette when injured ... recorded four multiple-hit games ...hit safely in 15 games ... committed just two errors in 127 chances.
2012: Infielder who drew starts in 23 of 29 appearances rookie year ... batted .200 with seven RBI and six runs scored ... drew majority of starts at third base with 17 in sharing duties with senior Clara Navarro ... six times was the designated player and drew pinch hitting duty a few times as well ... hit safely in 11 games with a pair of hits in season opener after earning starting nod as the designated hitter ... went 2-for--2 and scored the winning run as Army edged Utah State, 3-2, in its season opener at the Red and Black Showcase hosted by the University of Georgia ...drew a walk with two outs in the go-ahead fifth, ... scored the tie-breaking run on second error of the frame ... just the 16th time Army has won its season opener since softball became a varsity sport at West Point in 1979 ... first time since 2003 and just the seventh at the Division I level ... scored a pair of runs along with an RBI as Army closed out the tournament with a 10-8 eight-inning win over Campbell ... scored tie-breaking run in the go-ahead eighth ... helped key a four-run fifth in Army's 5-4 edging of Youngstown State at the Rebel Spring Games ... singled home the first run and scored the last as Army pulled out to 5-1 lead ... next day keyed the Black Knights' 5-3 win over Wagner ... drove in the first run and scored the fourth in a five-run second ... drew starts at third base during trip to the Rebel Spring Games ... involved in 22 putouts with 29 assists ... recorded game-high three against Youngstown State at the Rebel Spring Games ... season best four assists logged against Temple ... competed in five Patriot League games and drew starts in four.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at West Ranch H.S. ... team ranked 86th nationally and 33rd in the state of California in 2011 .. batted .365 junior year with .980 fielding average ... earned back-to-back berths to the CIF playoffs in 2010 and 2011, reaching the first and second rounds, respectively ... played the corners along with stint in the outfield during high school career ...earned all-league honorable mention senior year ... served twice as the team captain ... four-year scholar athlete ... played catcher for the 14U and 16U ... member of the So Cal Firecrackers-Pure Fastpitch club teams under coach Bill Jackson ... placed 17th at the 18 Gold Nationals and 25th at Premier in 2010.
PERSONAL: Given name is Alexandria Lauren Gaff ... parentsâ€TM names are Chris and Cori Gaff ... sister and brother, Taylor (18) and Chris (15) ... Taylor (a freshman) joined Alex as a member of the Army softball team in the fall ... grandfather, James Hjelmstad, fought in World War II ... hobbies include going to the beach ... majoring in Law and Legal Studies.