Professional softball player
As a little girl growing up in Florida and even in her senior season at LSU, the 5'5' speedster could not have imagined winning a gold glove. Gloves were for the boys not little girls. Racing through sneakers to spikes, Ayanna was known more for stealing bases not gold. But on Thursday night August 18 at the 2016 NPF Championship Banquet, AJ, literally "stole the show" claiming the first Rawling Gold Glove to be awarded to a female fast pitch player.
In her final season at Countryside High School in Oldsmar, FL, AJ hit .557 bases and scored 55 runs. LSU quickly grabbed the four-year letter winner to begin her purple and "gold" dress rehearsal. Four short years later, the diminutive leadoff hitter would turn purple into sold gold as a member of the Akron Racers.
AJ became a fixture on SportsCenter appearing numerous times on their Top 10 plays of the day competing alongside the boys only this time grabbing the spotlight with her glove. Diving left and right as if she were squaring off against Michael Phelps and the Olympic Golden Boys of Summer, this was a golden moment for the game and as they often say "one for the ages."
AJ led LSU to the semifinals of the 2015 Women's College World Series in her senior year, starting all 66 games in the center field and batting .354 on the season. She finished with a career batting average of .354 in 240 games played (235 starts), with 5HR, 95 RBI and 97 stolen bases in 105 attempts. An All-American, AJ is a two-time All-SEC.
Baseball clubs around the nation have been honoring AJ who is the seventh overall selection by the Chicago Bandits in the 2015 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft, but now plays as a right fielder for the Akron Racers. Andrews is also completing her Masters degree coursework in Broadcast Journalism at her alma mater LSU whom like many MLB clubs across the nation have recognized her achievements in sports.