Kelly Christner 21
Kelly  Christner


Tinley Park, Ill.

High School:
Victor J. Andrew




Christner Selected to Academic All-America Third Team

Softball's Christner Selected to Academic All-America Third Team


Wolverines Put Seven on NFCA All-Region First Team

Softball Puts Seven on NFCA All-Region First Team


Christner, Ramirez Named to Academic All-District First Team

Softball's Christner, Ramirez Named to Academic All-District First Team


U-M Puts Four on All-Big Ten First Team; Betsa, Hutchins Snag Top Honors

Eight Wolverines Honored with Big Ten Softball Awards


Wolverines Power Past Kent State with Three-Run Sixth

Softball Powers Past Kent State with Three-Run Sixth

06/08/2015 Awards: Women's Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

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


Kelly Christner Feature

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)
• 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).

•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.

• 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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