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Kelly  Christner


Tinley Park, Ill.

High School:
Victor J. Andrew




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Wolverines Place Six on All-Big Ten Teams

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In the first of the 2014-15 awards, reveals the women's Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.


Kelly Christner Feature

At Michigan
• 2x NFCA All-American -- first team (outfield, 2015), second team (outfield, 2017)
• Two-time All-Big Ten first team (outfield, 2015, '17)
• Two-time NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team (outfield, 2015, '17)
• Big Ten All-Defensive Team
• NCAA All-Tournament Team (2015)
• Capital One Academic All-America third team (2015)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2015, '16, '17)
• U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2014, '15, '16, '17)

Senior (2017)
• NFCA All-America second team (outfield)
• All-Big Ten first team (outfield)
• All-Great Lakes Region first team
• Academic All-Big Ten
• U-M Athletic Academic Achievement
• Appeared in all 57 games, starting 56, in centerfield
• Recorded 20 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games
• Led the Wolverines with a career-best .402 batting average, also posted a career-high 18 stolen bases
• Posted a first-inning leadoff home run in NCAA Regional play at #6 Washington (May 20); also went 2-for-4 in the Fresno State elimination game
• Went 7-for-10 with five runs, four RBI and two homers in the Rutgers series (May 6-7)
• Posted a pinch-hit three-run home run in 10-2 win over Wisconsin (April 22)
• Recorded three hits, three runs and three RBI, including a two-run triple, in the Ohio State doubleheader (April 8)
• Went 5-for-9 in the Northwestern series (March 31-April 2); posted four RBI in the opener with a two-run single and two-run double
• Batted 2-for-2 with a solo homer and an RBI single to drive in both runs in 2-0 win at Central Michigan (March 28)
• Went 3-for-3 with three runs scored vs. Evansville (March 11)
• Tallied a career-long 13-game hit streak spanning the first four weekends of the season (Feb. 11-March 2)
• Posted an RBI double and drew three walks in a 5-5 tie against No. 1 Florida State (Feb. 26)
• Knocked out the game-winning three-run homer in the sixth inning as part of a 3-for-3, five-RBI effort in a 5-4 win vs. New Mexico State (Feb. 24)
• Tied the Michigan program record with three home runs and tallied seven RBI -- the most for a Wolverine player in five seasons -- at NC State (Feb. 17)
• Went 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs and two stolen bases vs. St. John's (Feb. 12)

Junior (2016)
• Academic All-Big Ten
• U-M Athletic Academic Achievement
• Started all 59 games in leftfield
• Posted 13 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games
• Tallied a nine-game hit streak from Feb. 26-March 3; also posted a seven-game hitting streak in the NCAA Tournament (May 20-June 4)
• Scored the game-winning run -- on a wild pitch -- to cap U-M's four-run, seventh-inning comeback vs. #13 Missouri in the NCAA Super Regional (May 29)
• Tallied three straight two-hit games in NCAA Tournament play (May 22-28), including a 2-for-3 effort in the super regional opener vs. #13 Missouri
• Went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI vs. Michigan State (April 19)
• Also posted three RBI in Big Ten games vs. Northwestern (March 27) and Maryland (April 23)
• Posted three hits and five RBI vs. #12 Oklahoma (Feb. 26), including a two-run homer in the fifth inning and two-run double in the seventh
• Went 3-for-4 with a run, a triple and an RBI on opening day vs. Illinois State (Feb. 12)

Sophomore (2015)
• Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first team (outfield)
• NFCA Great Lakes All-Region first team
• All-Big Ten first team (unanimous selection)
• Big Ten All-Defensive Team
• NCAA All-Tournament Team
• Capital One Academic All-America third team
• Academic All-Big Ten
• U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award
• Started all 68 games in leftfield
• Posted career highs in all offensive categories
• Led the Wolverines with 84 hits and three triples, ranked second with a .393 batting average, .776 slugging percentage, .484 on-base percentage and 21 home runs
• Also led the Wolverines with 28 multi-hit games and ranked second with 18 multi-RBI games
• Went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored vs. #7 UCLA at WCWS (May 29)
• Homered in first WCWS at-bat vs. #5 Alabama (May 28)
• Drove in game-tying run vs. #14 Georgia in second NCAA Super Regional slate (May 22)
• Went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI in super regional opener vs. Georgia (May 21), tallying a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-run single in the third
• Posted a three-run triple in Big Ten Tournament semifinals vs. Northwestern (May 9)
• Batted 8-for-9 with eight RBI and four runs scored in final regular-season weekend vs. Penn State (May 1-3)
• Posted back-to-back three-hit games vs. PSU, was a triple shy of the cycle in the series opener
• Tallied back-to-back two-hit games at Maryland (April 25-26)
• Scored lone run on 1-0 win in Maryland series finale
• Registered a hit in 16 of 17 games (March 15-April 15), hitting .475 with 12 homers and 30 RBI
• Belted out two home runs, including first collegiate grand slam, for a career-best five RBI at Michigan State (April 15)
• Also knocked out two home runs in Rutgers series opener (April 10)
• Went 2-for-4 with three RBI at #14 Minnesota (April 4)
• Knocked out a home run in all three games of the Iowa series, including a solo inside-the-park homer in the sixth inning of the opener
• Posted back-to-back three-hit games against Ohio State and Western Michigan (March 22-25)
• Also posted three hits with two RBI vs. Bowling Green (March 18) over the stretch
• Went 3-for-3 with two home runs vs. #9 Baylor (March 6)
• Tallied two hits in back-to-back games vs. #3 Alabama and James Madison (Feb. 21-22)
• Knocked out a solo home run against the Crimson Tide
• Recorded a career-best three hits at #6 Florida State-2 (Feb. 14)
• Went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple vs. Western Kentucky (Feb. 13)
• Belted out a solo home run at South Florida (Feb. 7)
• Hit a game-tying RBI double with two outs in the seventh vs. #1 Florida (Feb. 7).

Freshman (2014)
• Appeared in 51 games, including 19 starts
• Batted .450 (9-for-20) in Big Ten games
• Had a pinch-hit RBI single against Florida State (May 22)
• Knocked in a run as a pinch hitter against San Diego State (May 17)
• Hit a home run against Central Michigan (April 16)
• Went 3-for-3 and scored three runs in two games against Michigan State (April 12-13)
• Connected on a hit and drew a walk against Western Michigan (April 8)
• Hit a double and recorded one RBI against Detroit (April 2)
• Collected two hits, three RBI and scored one run against Penn State (Mar. 28)
• Hit a three-run HR and scored two runs vs. Indiana (Mar 22)
• Hit her first collegiate home run against Louisville (Mar. 15)
• Went 1-for-3, scored one run and recorded an outfield assist against Arizona (Mar. 7)
• Recorded two hits and two RBI against Illinois State (Feb. 9)
• Made collegiate debut against Florida (Feb.8).

• Victor J. Andrew H.S. (2013)
• coached by Jim Holba
• NFCA All-America first team (2013)
• NFCA All-Region first team (2013)
• Four-time Chicago Tribune All-State
• Four-time Illinois Coaches Association All-State
• Four-time Chicago Sun-Times All-Area first team
• Four-time Southtown Star All-Area
• Four-time Southwest Suburban All-Conference
• Played summer ball with the New Lenox Lightning (2009-13)

• 2012-13 Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete Award
• Four-time Andrew Scholar-Athlete Award
• Illinois State Scholar
• Community Service Award.

• Kelly Beth Christner was born on June 13, 1995
• Daughter of Randy and Julie Christner
• Father played baseball at Cornell (1988-91)
• Mother played soccer at Walsh (1988-91)
• Has a sister, Katie, and a brother, Travis
• Sister currently plays softball at Wisconsin
• Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in movement science.


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