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Kirsti Merritt

OF

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

Major: Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

 

Career Honors:

2014 NFCA All-Southeast Region Third Team

2014 WCWS All-Tournament Team

2013 SEC All-Freshman Team

2013 SEC Tournament MVP

2013 SEC All-Tournament Team

 

2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll

2013 SEC First-Year Honor Roll

 

Career Highlights:

·         Slugged a three-run home run in Game 2 of the 2014 WCWS Championship Series as Florida defeated Alabama to clinch the first national championship in program history

·         Hit a walkoff home run in Game 3 of the 2014 NCAA Super Regional to beat Washington and send the Gators to Oklahoma City

·         First freshman to ever be named the SEC Tournament MVP (2013)

·         Jumped into the UF freshman leaderboards in on-base percentage (second, .462), stolen bases (second, 21) runs (third, 55), triples (third, 4) and walks (third, 39)

 

As a Sophomore (2014):

·         NFCA All-Southeast Region Third Team

·         WCWS All-Tournament Team

·         SEC Academic Honor Roll

·         67 games / 66 starts

·         Ranked among the team leaders in hitting (fifth), runs (second), hits (third), doubles (fourth), triples (second), homers (second), RBI (fourth) and steals (second)

·         Fifteen multi-hit games

·         Thirteen-multi-RBI games

·         Drove in 12 runs and knocked five extra-base hits during NCAA Tournament play, both of which tied for the team lead

·         Batted .400 during the three games of the all-Florida NCAA Regional

·         Had two hits during the Super Regional against Washington, including a walkoff three-run home run that secured an 8-0 run-rule victory in a rain-delayed Game 3

·         Homered twice during the Women’s College World Series, including a three-run blast in the second inning of Game 2 of the championship series that chased Alabama All-American Jaclyn Traina and gave the Gators an insurmountable 5-1 lead

·         Excelled at neutral sites, posting a .339 average with nine extra-base hits and 19 RBI in 23 games

·         Hit .338 during the day, a jump of 39 points over her season clip

·         Provided an offensive spark during the month of March, when she ranked second on the team in hitting at .310 and led the squad with five home runs

·         Compiled three different four-game hitting streaks, including one out of the starting gate against USF and during the season’s first tournament in Tampa

·         Continued her fast start during the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, where she hit .385 with eight runs scored and two doubles during the five games

·         Made just one appearance as a pinch-hitter, but made it count with her first home run of the season, a three-run shot on Feb. 22 against Indiana that put the Gators ahead 8-0 and provided the final margin in a mercy-rule victory

·         Batted .417 with two home runs and five RBI during the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic; both blasts came during the Gators’ second game of the tournament against Fordham

·         Knocked a season-best three hits, including a double that marked her first extra-base hit since the homer against the Rams, on March 16 at LSU as the Gators clinched their first SEC road series

·         Hit three home runs during the first two games of the series at Tennessee

·         Went yard twice more on April 5 to help UF clinch its series against Auburn

·         Hit a two-run shot April 23 vs. USF as she tied a career-high with five RBI in the game

·         Went 2-for-3 with two RBI against UCF during the Gainesville Regional final

·         Batted .588 against left-handed pitching, a figure that ranked third on the team

·         Posted a .364 average in nonconference games, recording more than three-fourths (40) of her 52 RBI against non-SEC opponents

 

As a Freshman (2013):

·         SEC All-Freshman Team

·         2013 SEC All-Tournament Team

·         First-ever freshman SEC Tournament MVP

·         NFCA Division I National Player of the Week (May 14) following her SEC Tourney performance, where she knocked in the game-winning runs against both Alabama and Missouri – including homers in both games

·         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

·         Singled in her first career at-bat and had two stolen bases in the same inning before smashing the grand slam in the fifth inning for a total of five RBI

·         Ranked second for UF with four triples and had two outfield assists

·         Ranked among the SEC leaders in hit-by-pitch (fourth, 14), triples (fifth, 4), walks (sixth, 39) and sacrifice bunts (sixth, 9)

·         Seven game-winning RBI

·         Eight multi-hit games

·         Seven multi-RBI games

·         Had two standout games against USF:

o    Knocked a game-tying, full-count RBI single in the top of the sixth against the Bulls in Tampa in February, leading to a 3-1 Florida victory

o    Slugged a game-winning two-run triple against the Bulls in Gainesville in April

·         Had her first outfield assist March 15 against Tennessee to cut a runner down at the plate

·         Her second OF assist contributed to a double play at first base against Florida State March 27

·         Posted her second five-RBI game of the year against Alabama in a nonconference clash on May 9

 

High School / Travel Ball:

·         2012 graduate of South Sumter High School

·         Played travel ball with the Gold Coast Hurricanes, coached by Marty Cooper

·         2012 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

·         Competed with the Wichita Mustangs, coached by Mark Griggs, at the 2011 Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals in Huntington Beach, Calif.

·         2011 TCS Rising Stars All-American

·         Played travel ball with the Gainesville Gold from 2007-10, leading the team to the 2008 ASA State A Championship

·         A five-sport letterwinner:

o    Softball (2009, 2011-12)

o    Volleyball (2008)

o    Basketball (2008-10)

o    Weightlifting (2008-09)

o    Track and field (2009, 2011-12)

·         Academic Honor Roll

·         Two-time National Honor Society inductee (2011-12)

·         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

2014

.280

.299

59-58

67-66

157

187

55

57

44

56

8

7

4

2

6

13

29

52

39

38

33

23

21-24

15-16

.967

.984

CAREER

.291

126-124

344

112

100

15

6

19

81

77

56

36-40

.976

 

Merritt’s Career Bests

AB

7 vs. Nebraska (6/1/13)

R

3, four times, last vs. NC State (4/12/14)

H

3, four times, last vs. USF (4/23/14)

Streak

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

RBI

5, three times, last vs. USF (4/23/14)

2B

1, 15 times, last vs. Alabama (6/2/14)

3B

1, six times, last vs. NC State (4/12/14)

HR

2, three times, last vs. Auburn (4/5/14)

BB

2, 12 times, last vs. Baylor (6/1/14)

SB

2, four times, last vs. Mercer (3/12/14)

PO

7 vs. Nebraska (6/1/13)

A

1, seven times, last at Texas A&M (4/20/14)

 

 

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