CAREER: Saw action in the 2009 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments, hitting .400 in her final Big Dance as a member of the Maroon and White . . . Played in 213 career games, including 200 starts, hitting .199 (74-for-371) with 26 stolen bases, 22 walks, 11 RBI, four doubles a triple and two homers . . . 16th all-time in school history with 26 stolen bases, ranking inside the top 20 all-time at MSU in stolen-base percentage (.722).
2012 Highlights: Hit a career-high .245, establishing personal bests in hits (27), RBIs (6), walks (11), stolen bases (12) and on-base percentage (.320) during her senior campaign . . . Recorded her first hit of her senior campaign and made her first start of the season in the 2012 home opener against SIU-Edwardsville . . . Also scored a run and walked against the Cougars . . . Went 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter in the Bulldog Round-Robin finale against Mississippi Valley State . . . Against South Florida, recorded multiple hits (2-for-3) for the first time since Feb. 23, 2011, while also stealing a base . . . Stole two bases to go along with a hit in a 5-3 victory versus No. 20 Georgia Tech . . . Went 1-for-3 against DePaul, extending her career-long hitting streak to five games . . . Totaled a career-high tying two RBIs and two walks along with two hits in an 11-2 victory at Jackson State . . . Totaled a hit, walk, run and stolen base in the first win vs. Columbia in the Bulldog Classic . . . Knocked in her third run of the season in the series-opening home win against No. 7 Georgia March 9 . . . Drew a walk in the SEC road-opening win at South Carolina . . . Went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the series opener at LSU . . . Earned a walk in the series finale in Baton Rouge . . . Singled once and scored once in the walk-off win vs. UAB at home . . . Collected two hits and stole a base in the second home game against No. 12 Tennessee . . . Knocked out a base hit in the road win at Mississippi Valley State . . . Went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the second game of the home series vs. No. 2 Alabama . . . Finished the series against the Crimson Tide with two hits, including an RBI and run scored . . . Drew a walk in the first game of the Arkansas doubleheader sweep on Good Friday . . . Returned in game two to tally a single, walk, run and stolen base against the Razorbacks . . . Ended the series at Arkansas with another base on balls . . . Registered a season-high tying two hits and scored a season-best two times in the run-rule win at home vs. Jackson State, while also driving in one and recording a season-high matching two stolen bases . . . Went 2-for-4 in the series finale at rival Ole Miss, completing the sweep with an RBI and a run scored . . . Scored the game-tying run vs. Kentucky in the game two nationally-televised contest . . . Finished the series sweep of Kentucky with two hits, a stolen base and a run in game three . . . Stole a base and scored a run in the run-rule win vs. Memphis . . . Stole another base in the victory at Southern Miss . . . Tapped the dish once in game one of the Senior Day doubleheader sweep against Tennessee Tech . . . In the first game of the 2012 NCAA Tournament vs. BYU, collected two hits and a walk while scoring once.
2011 HIGHLIGHTS: Went 2-for-2 and scored a run against UC Riverside at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas . . . Hit her first double of the season to cap a 2-for-2 game against Southern Miss in which she scored twice . . . Belted her first career triple and scored the tying run as MSU rallied to defeat South Carolina in its SEC opener . . . Capped the SEC/ACC Challenge by hitting her first career home run in the setback to North Carolina, setting a career high with two RBI with the blast . . . Hit her second home run of the season in the regular-season finale at No. 7 Georgia.
2010 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in 52 games, starting every contest in center field . . . Scored 10 runs, including a pair of game-winners, while collecting seven hits . . . Successful on three of her four steal attempts . . . Threw out five runners while committing just two errors . . . Went 1-for-2 and scored the winning run of the Bulldog Round-Robin against UAB . . . Scored the game-clincher as the Dawgs rallied to defeat Maryland at the NFCA Leadoff Classic . . . Plated the tying run as the Bulldogs rallied to defeat Troy on March 7 and win the Bulldog Classic . . . Was perfect at the plate with a season-high two hits in the second game of a three-game SEC series at rival Ole Miss . . . Scored one of State’s runs in a three-run fifth inning as the Bulldogs went on to win the final game of the series against the Rebels . . . Had a hit and scored a run in the Bulldogs’ March 24 win at Mississippi Valley State.
2009 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in every game during her rookie season, starting all but one in center field . . . Finished third on the squad with 10 steals . . . Batted at a .204 clip, collecting a pair of doubles, two RBI and 20 runs scored . . . Posted seven multiple-hit games and scored the winning run twice . . . Collected a season-high four at-bats in Mississippi State’s upset of No. 6 Georgia . . . Tallied her top hits total of the season (three) in a win over Iona in the season-opening Bulldog Round-Robin . . . Scored two runs on a season-high three hits in State’s Feb. 7 win over Iona at the season-opening Bulldog Round-Robin . . . Led the Bulldogs with a 2-for-2 effort against Ohio State at the NFCA Leadoff Classic . . . Went 2-for-3 at the plate in MSU’s series-opening win over ninth-ranked Tennessee . . . Helped pace Mississippi State to a series-clinching win over South Carolina, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored . . . Went 2-for-2 and scored twice in a win over Mississippi Valley State.
High School/CLub Highlights: Competed on the prep level for Keith Jernigan at Houston (Miss.) High School . . . Considered one of the top prep prospects in the Magnolia State following the 2008 season . . . Selected to play in the Robertson’s Sportswear/NEMSBCA All-Star Game . . . Named Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal All-Area First Team and All-Region 3-3A after hitting .583 with 50 stolen bases and a .680 on-base percentage . . . Tabbed Region 3-3A Defensive Player of the Year five times . . . Named the Lady Hilltoppers’ MVP, Best Defensive Player and Highest Batting Average winner . . . Earned the team’s sportsmanship and 110-percent hustle awards . . . Claimed the HHS Highest Academic Achiever five times . . . Played during the summer for the Germantown (Tenn.) Lady Red Devils and coach Rose Kalisak . . . Helped the Lady Red Devils to third place at the prestigious Canada Cup and the Colorado Sparkler Showcase . . . Guided the team to a ninth-place finish out of 83 teams at the ASA Gold Qualifier . . . Claimed back-to-back Patriot Tournament championships with the Lady Red Devils . . . Also participated in the Houston High band.
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Born Brittany Lasha Gates on Feb. 23, 1990, in Amory, Miss. . . . Daughter of David and Sherry Gates . . . Has a sister, Chelsea . . . Majoring in kinesiology (health fitness studies) . . . Enjoys riding horses in her spare time . . . Was named Beauty Queen of a local Christmas Pageant as a child.
AB 4, 4x, last at Ole Miss, 4/15/12
R 2, 6x, last vs. Jackson State, 4/10/12
H 3 vs. Iona, 2/7/09
RBI 2, 2x, last at Jackson State, 2/29/12
2B 1, 4x, last vs. Alcorn State, 3/29/11
3B 1 vs. South Carolina, 3/9/11
HR 1, 2x, last at Georgia, 5/8/11
BB 2, 2x, last at Jackson State, 2/29/12
SB 2, 3x, last vs. Jackson State, 4/10