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In the first of the 2014-15 awards, MGoBlue.com reveals the women's Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
At Michigan... Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first team (outfield, 2015) ... All-Big Ten first team (outfield, 2015) ... Big Ten All-Defensive Team ... NCAA All-Tournament Team (2015) ... Academics ... Capital One Academic All-America third team (2015) ... Academic All-Big Ten (2015) ... University Honors (2014).
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 (Apr. 16) ... Went 3-for-3 and scored three runs in two games against Michigan State (Apr. 12-13) ... Connected on a hit and drew a walk against Western Michigan (Apr. 8) ... Hit a double and recorded one RBI against Detroit (Apr. 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).
Prep ...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) ... Academics ...2012-13 Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete Award ... Four-time Andrew Scholar-Athlete Award ... Illinois State Scholar ... Community Service Award.
Personal ... 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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