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#12 Kristen Butler
  • Senior, 5-6, R/R
  • Catcher/Utility
  • Orlando, Fla./Central Florida Christian Academy
  • Sport Management

Career Honors: SEC All-Tournament team (2003) NFCA Scholar-Athlete (2003) SEC Freshman Honor Roll (2003) SEC Honor Roll (2004-05) NFCA/Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-Southeast Region (2005)

Career Highlights: Florida's most versatile player who excels both behind the plate and at third base and has steadily improved at the plate each season ... Has also played in the outfield ... Set the single season record for lowest stolen bases against average, allowing only 16 steals in 35 attempts in 2003 Set the school record for most runners caught stealing with 19 on the season in 2003 Set the school record for runners caught stealing in a career with only two seasons of catching (mainly played third base her sophomore season) ... Holds the school record for lowest stolen bases against percentage, allowing only 47 percent of runners to steal while she is behind the plate Holds the school record for most runners picked off with 17, double the second person in that category ... Ranks in the top 15 of nearly every career batting and fielding category Played for the Florida Quicksilver in the 2005 Canada Cup, recording a .320 batting average (8-for-25) with three runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and seven RBI Recorded a .985 fielding percentage with 58 putouts, six assists and only one error, while throwing out three runners attempting to steal Caught all 14 innings of a 1-0 loss to China Hit a two-run home run against Canada Cup Champion Australia.

As a Junior (2005): Ended the season on a seven-game hit streak ... Finished as the team's third leading hitter with a .322 batting average, a .557 batting average and a .398 on base percentage ... Recorded the game winning hit against Central Florida at the Clearwater Invitational ... Blasted two home runs and three RBI against Michigan State at the UNLV Invite ... Led the Gators in hits (6), home runs (2), RBI (5), total bases (13) and slugging percentage (1.182) at the UNLV Invite ... Drew a career-high three walks against Jacksonville at the USF Louisville Slugger Invitational ... Drove in two runs and scored two runs against Pittsburgh at the USF Louisville Slugger Invitational ... Tied a career high of four RBI in a single game by smacking a grand slam during the finale of the SEC opening series at Arkansas ... Tallied three hits, two runs scored, two home runs, six RBI and 16 puts outs in the three game series at Arkansas ... Went 2-for-3 in Florida's 2-1 win over Ole Miss ... Tallied two doubles, one triple, one home run, one run scored and four RBI during a three game set at South Carolina ... Went 2-for-2 with one run scored and three RBI in the finale of the South Carolina series ... Went 2-for-3 from the plate at USF ... Hit her seventh homerun of the season and tied career-high four RBI in a game in the second game of the series with Mississippi State ... Went 2-for-3 at the plate in the final game of the series with Mississippi State ... Went a perfect 3-for-3 with her 10th double of the season and a run scored in the final game of the series against Auburn ... Hit her eighth homerun and 11th double of the season, scoring two runs and three RBI in the first game of the series at Kentucky ... Hit her ninth homerun of the season and registered two RBIs in the final game at Kentucky ... Added on her 12th double and 24th run scored in the NCAA Regional game against UCF.

As a Sophomore (2004): A versatile and agile player who split time between catcher and third base Improved her batting average from .176 her freshman season to a team leading .296 ... Led the team with 26 RBI ... Has reduced her strikeouts from 31 her freshman season to just 19 in 2004 ... Hit a two-run homer in the season opener ... Had the game-winning sacrifice fly in win over Missouri ... Had a six-game hit streak from Feb. 8 to Feb. 20 in which she hit .526 (10-for-19) with two doubles and a triple ... Had two hits in four of those games, including three games in which she went 2-for-3 ... Scored the game-winning run against Winthrop in the Cox Communications Classic ... Went 2-for-3 and scored the game-winning run in the first game at Cal State Northridge ... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored a two RBI in the second game of the Arkansas series Hit 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI to start another six-game hit streak in the final game of the Auburn series ... In this streak, hit .600 (9-for-15) with five RBI, four doubles and a home run ... Three games of the streak were the Georgia series in which she went 4-for-6 with two doubles and a run scored ... Went 2-for-3 with a double at Florida State ... Took the team lead in batting average in the Mississippi State series in which she went 4-for-7 with 6 RBI, three runs scored, a double, two home runs and a walk over just two games ... Hit two home runs in the first game of the series and tallied four RBI in the second game of the series ... Went 2-for-3 with her second triple of the season, a run, a RBI and was hit by a pitch versus Tennessee in the SEC Tournament Went seven games without a strikeout, including games against LSU, Tennessee and Georgia

As a Freshman (2003): Hit .176 for the season and earned a .984 fielding percentage Started 56 of the 63 games she played Made first career collegiate softball appearance at UCF behind the plate ... At the Getterman Classic hosted by Baylor (Texas) versus Texas-Arlington assisted the Gator attack with a 2-3 performance at the plate including one double and a RBI ... Hit her first collegiate career home run on a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI versus Centenary Feb. 2 ... During the 2003 GRU Classic against South Florida Feb. 7 crossed the plate with the game-winning run, also recording one hit Scored the game-winning run to lead the Gators past ACC opponent North Carolina 2-1 at the Time Warner Texas Invitational in Austin ... Went 2-3 with a double and one RBI at Auburn March 4 ... Tied career-high four at-bats, while hitting first collegiate career triple at Arkansas March 23 ... In the final game of the series against Tennessee, provided a 2-3 performance, including the game-winning RBI single Had an RBI with no at bats in the final game of the Mississippi State series with a sacrifice hit and a sacrifice fly ... Went 3-for-3 with a home run in Florida's first SEC Tournament game ... Had a double against LSU in Florida's final game of the tournament ... Earned a perfect fielding percentage in the SEC Tournament with 27 putouts, three assists, two runners caught stealing and a pickoff.

High School: A graduate of Central Florida Christian Academy in Ocoee, Fla. Coached by Rick Martin Played varsity softball six years Orange County Player of the Year in 2002 All-Central Florida Player of the Year in 2002 A six-time All-State and all-county selection Two-time first team All-Central Florida selection Orlando Sentinel High School Sports Athlete of the Year in 2002 Team won state championships her sophomore and junior seasons, state runner-up her eighth grade and freshman years and made it to the semifinals her seventh grade and senior seasons Had a batting average over .500 for her high school career Team went 118-8 in her first three seasons Also played basketball and volleyball basketball team made the state Final Four in 1999 Earned honorable mention all-county and all-state in basketball in 2000 Played club ball for the CFFA Lady Hawks coached by Larry Boyce Won the F.A.S.T. National Championships in 1999 and 2001 Won the winter state championships in 2000 Won the 2002 F.A.S.T. National Championship with Orlando No Fear coached by Joe Foster Was a member of the National Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta math honors society ... Homecoming Queen her senior year


Butler Career Bests
AB - 5 vs. USF, 3/5/05
R - 2, six times; last at Kentucky, 5/07/05
H - 3, three times; last at Auburn, 4/27/05
Streak - 7 games, 5/7-5/21/05 (.381, 8-for-21, 4 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR, 1 BB)
RBI - 4, four times; last vs. Mississippi State, 4/23/05
2B - 1, 24 times; last at Kentucky, 5/07/05
3B - 1, four times, last at South Carolina, 4/9/05
HR - 2, two times; last vs. Michigan State, 2/19/05
BB - 3 vs. Jacksonville, 3/4/05
PO - 17 vs. Texas-Arlington, 1/31/03
A - 4, four times; last at Tennessee, 4/18/04
CSB - 2, four times, last vs. LSU, 5/11/03

Butler Career Stats
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG%
2003 .176 64-56 142 10 25 5 1 3 15 41 .289
2004 .296 57-57 159 16 47 8 2 4 26 71 .447
2005 .322 64-64 174 24 56 12 1 9 40 97 .557
TOTAL .269 185-177 475 50 128 25 4 16 81 209 .440
Year BB HBP SO OB% SF SH SB-A PO A E FLD%
2003 11 3 31 .248 1 9 0-0 322 45 6 .984
2004 9 5 19 .351 1 3 2-4 159 62 13 .944
2005 20 4 31 .398 3 5 2-2 361 37 7 .983
TOTAL 40 12 81 .338 5 17 4-6 842 144 26 .974
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