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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 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 Sophomore (2014): Named to the NFCA All-Southeast Region Third Team and the WCWS All-Tournament Team as the Gators captured the first national championship in program history…Appeared in every game, and started all but one contest (61 starts in CF, 2 in RF, 2 at 2B, 1 in LF)…Finished the season with a .299 average, 56 hits, 57 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 15 stolen bases…Was among the team leaders in hitting (fifth), runs (second), hits (third), doubles (fourth), triples (second), homers (second), RBI (fourth) and steals (second)…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 such 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 nearly three-fourths (40) of her 52 RBI against non-SEC opponents.

 

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

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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