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Getting to Know Softball's Freshmen: Kelly Christner
Last Updated: Feb. 22, 2015
At Michigan... Academics ... University Honors (2014).
Sophomore (2015)... Has started all 14 games in leftfield ... 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 Randy played baseball at Cornell (1988-91) ... Mother played soccer at Walsh (1988-91) ... Has a sister, Katie, and a brother, Travis ... Sister plays currently softball at Wisconsin ... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
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