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Kirsti Merritt

OF

Height
5' 4"
CLASS
Fr.
Hometown
Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.
School
South Sumter

Major: Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

 

Career Honors:

2013 SEC All-Freshman Team

2013 SEC Tournament MVP

2013 SEC All-Tournament Team

2013 SEC First-Year Honor Roll

 

Career Highlights: First freshman to ever be named the SEC Tournament MVP (2013)…Jumped into the UF freshman top-10 lists in several categories after her freshman season, including second in on-base percentage (.462) and stolen bases (21) and third in runs (55), triples (4) and walks (39).

 

As a Freshman (2013): A 2013 SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, helped the Gators to both the SEC regular-season and tournament championships before UF made their fifth trip to the WCWS…UF’s starting centerfielder…Named to the 2013 SEC All-Tournament Team and was the first-ever freshman SEC Tournament MVP…The May 14 NFCA Division I National Player of the Week following her SEC Tourney performance, where she knocked in the game-winning runs against both Alabama and Missouri – including homers against both the Tide and Tigers in the league tourney – to help lead UF to the SEC Tournament Championship…Ranked second for UF in stolen bases and was 21-24 on the year…Had one grand slam in 2013 against Creighton in her first game as a Gator, the first of Florida’s 11 grand slams in 2013…Singled in her first career at-bat and had two stolen bases in the same inning before smashing her first grand slam in the fifth inning against Creighton for a total of five RBI in her Gator debut…Batted .280 her first year on campus, .243 in the postseason, ranked second for UF with four triples and had two outfield assists from CF…Her four triples ranked fifth in the SEC, while her 39 walks were sixth…Also ranked fourth in the league in HBP (14) and sixth in sac bunts (9)…Had a total of seven game-winning RBI for the Gators, also added eight multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games…Had the second-longest reached base streak on the team, putting together a 21-game strand…In addition to her stellar performance in the SEC Tournament, had two standout games against USF her freshman season with a game-tying full-count RBI single in the top of the sixth against the Bulls in Tampa in February that led to a 3-1 Florida victory and also had a game-winning two-run triple against the Bulls in Gainesville in April…Had her first outfield assist as a Gator against UT March 15 on a relay from right center to help create a play at the plate that prevented the Vols from scoring on the hit…Her second OF assist contributed to a double play at first base against Florida State March 27…In addition to five RBI in her Gator debut, also had five against Alabama in UF’s non-conference clash with the Tide May 9…Was perfect at the plate against Presbyterian (1-for-1), Longwood (3-for-3) and Hampton (2-for-2) in 2013.

 

High School / Travel Ball: A 2012 graduate of South Sumter High School…Played travel ball with the Gold Coast Hurricanes, coached by Marty Cooper…Named to the Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida Softball Team…Batted .491 her senior season with seven doubles and 23 RBI at South Sumter, as the Raiders made it to the FHSAA Class 4A Quarterfinals…Registered a .702 slugging percentage and .569 on-base percentage her final year as a Raider…Competed with the Wichita Mustangs, coached by Mark Griggs, at the 2011 Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals in Huntington Beach, Calif.… A 2011 TCS Rising Stars All-American...Played travel ball with the Gainesville Gold from 2007-10, helping lead the team to the 2008 ASA State A Championship…In addition to varsity letters in softball in 2009, 2011 and 2012, earned varsity letters in volleyball (2008) and basketball (2008, 2009, 2010), leading the South Sumter Raiders to the Florida 4A Regional Semifinal…Also a letter winner in weight lifting (2008, 2009) and track (2009, 2011 and 2012), placing ninth in the Florida 2A State Championship in the shot put in 2009 and 14th in the discus in 2011…Finished 14th at the 2012 Class 2A State Championship in the shot put…A member of the Academic Honor Roll…A 2011 and 2012 member of the National Honor Society and also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

Merritt’s Career Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

FLD%

2013

.280

59-58

157

55

44

8

4

6

29

39

33

21-24

.967

CAREER

.280

59-58

157

55

44

8

4

6

29

39

33

21-24

.967

 

Merritt’s Career Bests

AB

7 vs. Nebraska (6/1/13)

R

3, two times, last vs. USF (5/18/13)

H

3, two times, last vs. Alabama (5/9/13)

Streak

Eight games (5/3-5/18, 2013)

RBI

5, two times, last vs. Alabama (5/9/13)

2B

1, eight times, last at South Carolina (5/4/13)

3B

1, four times, last at Florida State (4/17/13)

HR

1, six times, last vs. Missouri (5/11/13)

BB

2, five times, last vs. Tennessee (5/30/13)

SB

2, three times, last vs. USF (5/18/13)

PO

7 vs. Nebraska (6/1/13)

A

1, two times, last vs. FSU (3/27/13)

 

 

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