What's more impressive, Shelby Sloan's area-leading .640 batting average or the fact she struck out just twice this past season?

For the Baker shortstop/outfielder, the numbers don't stop there.

Forty-eight hits, 24 runs scored, 19 RBI, seven doubles, five triples, five walks and two home runs. Nine for 10 on stolen base attempts. 

Since she was in middle school, the Gator star has drawn interest from D-1 colleges. Earlier this month she made her decision, committing to the University of South Alabama. The Jaguars, who play in the Sun Belt Conference, went 35-20 (15-12) under head coach Becky Clark this past season.

For two years, beginning when she was in eighth grade, Sloan was heavily pursued by the Jaguars.

"They were really the first school to look at me," said Sloan, a Daily News first-team all-area selection. "They never missed a travel game. They were always there. And I've been to so many of their camps. So the coaches and I formed a connection."

Sloan went on three unofficial visits to the school and on the second was given an offer. 

"As soon as the offer came," Sloane said, "I knew that's what I wanted."

The speedy slap-hitter will most likely hit in the leadoff or in the No. 2 spot for the Jaguars and will compete for a starting outfield position right when she arrives on campus.

Other schools that had interest in Sloan — who plays for a Birmingham Thunderbolts travel team that includes three Auburn commits, a Louisville commit, a Mississippi commit and a Tennessee commit — included UAB, Troy, UWF and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Her goals for next season: Steal more bases and raise her batting average even more. 

"I feel like it's going to be a lot less stressful and I can just play and just do what I do," Sloan said. "I think, especially in travel ball, I'm going to have to work a little harder to maintain that commitment, but for school ball just relax and have fun like I did this year."