2012 (FRESHMAN) Appeared in 57 games, with 52 starts...hit five home runs and 21 RBI en route to batting .253 on the year...UAB: Reached base three times by collecting two hits and a walk ... drove in two runs and had three assists in her first career start at shortstop. Easton Bama Bash: Was named to the all-tournament team after batting .429 (3-for-7) with a home run and three RBI ... collected two hits and drove in two against East Carolina (2.25) ... hit her first collegiate home run in the win against NDSU (2.25). Kentucky: Went 3-for-8 (.375) in the series at Kentucky with three runs scored and a solo home run ... hit the eventual game-winning home run in the ninth inning in the series opener (3.9). Mississippi: Batted .571 (4-for-7) with three runs, a double and two RBI in the series ... added a .625 on base percentage and a .714 slugging mark ... scored twice on the strength of two hits and drove in a run in game two (3.17). Mississippi State: Hit her first career grand slam in the win against the Bulldogs (4.1). NCAA Regional: Batted a team best .800 (4-for-5) with a home run, two doubles and two RBI ... batted 2-for-2 with a home run and a double in the regional opener against UT Martin (5.18).
HIGH SCHOOL Comes to Tuscaloosa from Mortimer Jordan High School in Morris, Ala., where she was named an Under Armour All-American ... was a four-time all-state and all-metro selection ... was also named to the North/South All-Star team and was a four-time Gold Glove winner ... helped lead Mortimer Jordan to three state titles (2008-09, 11) and a state record 59 consecutive wins ... finished her prep career with 226 RBI, 48 home runs and a .770 slugging percentage ... as a junior in 2010, hit .415 with 12 home runs and helped lead Mortimer Jordan to a runner-up finish in the Alabama state playoffs ... in 2009, Hays hit .471 with 13 home runs and a state-best 77 RBI as Mortimer Jordan won the Alabama Class 5A State title ... Hays was named the Alabama High School Athletic Association 5A Regional MVP in 2009 ... was also part of Mortimer Jordan's 2008 state championship team as she hit .414 with eight home runs as a freshman.
PERSONAL Danae is the daughter of Ken and Denise Hays ... she has an older sister named Danielle ... started playing softball at the age of five ... plans to major in telecommunication to become a sports broadcaster.