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Kelly StricklandClass: Senior
Previous School: South Columbus HS
Hometown: Tabor City, N.C.
2011 (Jr.): Started all 60 games at second base … named Big South Co-Player of the Year … became Liberty's first softball All-American, by being named to the Easton Fastpitch All-America team … selected to the NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region second team … a VaSID All-State second team member … named to Big South All-Conference second team … Liberty's active leader with 166 consecutive starts … batted .324 for the season … led the Big South and ranked 25th nationally with 16 home runs … her home run total ranks fifth on Liberty's single-season chart … finished second in Big South with 46 RBIs and 111 total bases … her 39 runs ranked fourth in the conference, while her 57 hits were fifth … in the field, led team with 126 assists … tied for team lead with 17 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI contests … posted a 14-game hitting streak from March 18 through April 6, a streak that included seven two-hit games … batted .362 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in conference play … had back-to-back two-homer, six RBI games, vs. Hampton (April 19) and vs. Norfolk State (April 20) … hit a grand slam against Norfolk State (April 20) and Presbyterian (April 30) … batted 7-for-13 (.538) with two doubles, four RBIs and five runs scored in three-game sweep of Gardner-Webb … hit home run in Big South tournament victory over Winthrop (May 13) … scored career-high-tying three runs twice, at Gardner-Webb (April 15) and versus Hampton (April 19) … recorded homers in back-to-back games on five occasions … will enter her senior season ranked fourth in program history with 128 career RBIs and third with 39 career home runs.
2010 (So.): Started all 57 games at shortstop … named the Big South Player of the Week on March 8 after posting a .533 average … that same week, hit three home runs in one day at the Buzz Classic … member of the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic All-Tournament Team … her 15 home runs on the year tied for second in the Big South and put her at sixth in program history for single-season homers … led the team in home runs … led the Big South in RBIs (56) and tied for fourth with 108 total bases … ended the season with a .304 batting average (fourth on the team) … ranked second on the squad with a .597 slugging percentage and 40 runs scored … also tied for first on the team with program-record four sacrifice flies … had 12 multiple-hit games and led the team with 16 multiple-RBI games … longest hitting streak was 11 games … was 3-for-4 with two homers against Kennesaw State (March 5) … also was 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs against Big South opponent Radford (March 18) … recorded her first career grand slam against UNC Greensboro (April 7).
2009 (Fr.): Named Big South Player of the Week for the final week of regular season play … selected to the Big South All-Conference second team … also named to the Big South All-Tournament team … played in 58 games for Liberty, starting 54 … started 53 games at shortstop and one as the designated hitter … ranked third on the team with a .271 batting average … also had nine doubles and 71 total bases … ranked second on the squad with a .507 slugging percentage, 25 RBIs and eight home runs … had the fourth-best on-base percentage (.354) … also fourth on the team with 13 walks … had the second-best batting average in conference play (.382) and the best slugging percentage in conference play (.889) … led the team with three multiple-home run games … tied for second on the team with 11 multiple-hit games … led the team with seven multiple-RBI games … led the team with seven home runs and 40 total bases in conference contests … recorded her first collegiate hit against UC Davis (Feb. 7) … recorded her first RBI when she drove in three runs against Norfolk State (March 19) … 2-for-3 with a home run against Big South opponent Charleston Southern (April 4) … 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored against Coastal Carolina (May 1) … 2-for-4 with three RBIs in tournament win over Winthrop (May 7) … safely hit in nine of the last 10 games of the year … ended the season on a six-game hitting streak.
Prep: Graduated from South Columbus High School … named team MVP at shortstop as a junior … also received Golden Glove honor and Silver Bat award … named Tribune Player of the Year and Columbus County Player of the Year … received all-state and all-conference honors as a junior with a .516 batting average, a .612 on-base percentage, five home runs and 36 RBIs … won Golden Glove and Silver Bat awards as a freshman and sophomore … named Rookie of the Year as a freshman … also played three years of varsity basketball and two years of varsity volleyball.
Personal: Daughter of David and Dorothy Strickland … majoring in kinesiology … brother Bradley played baseball at UNC-Pembroke … birthday is Feb. 15.