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Kari Koller

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Rocklin, Calif.

High School:
Del Oro

Position:
1B

Birthdate:
07/12/1982

Bats/Throws:
R/R

VILLANOVA: Needs just five home runs to set a new school record for career home runs.

2004: Leads returning starters with a .287 batting average and number of at-bats (157)...Started in all 58 games last season, scoring 20 runs off 45 hits...Seven of her home runs came in BIG EAST play...Her nine home runs and 29 walks mark the second consecutive year she has led the team in both categories...Her number of walks ranked third in the BIG EAST...Also led the team in RBI's last season with 27...Finished the season with an on base percentage of .399, also a team-high...Her on base percentage was among the top ten in the conference...Committed only six errors and put out 357 for a .984 fielding percentage...Her best games came on April 20 in Villanova's double-header victory over area rival La Salle, in which she went 5-for-6 at the plate and hit two home runs...Pitched in five games for a total of 6.1 innings, finishing with an impressive 1.11 ERA, in which she struck out eight and didn't allow a home run...Cited for academic excellence by CoSIDA by being named to the 2004 Academic All-District II University Division Softball team.

2003: Selected as Big East Academic All-Star...The 'Cats starting first baseman on 49 occasions...Hit .307 with 11 doubles, 35 RBI and 20 runs scored...Blasted a team-high seven home runs...Also drew 19 walks, tops on the club...Played well in the Big East, hitting .298 with four doubles, three home runs and a team-best 17 RBI...Had a perfect day at the plate on three occasions: 3-for-3 vs. Providence (4/13), 2-for-2 vs. Mount St. Mary's (4/16) and 4-for-4 vs. St. Joe's (4/29)...Hit one of the Wildcats' two grand slams against the Hawks on April 29...A superior fielder, made just three errors in 410 chances.

2002: NFCA Academic All-American selection...Played in 44 games, starting 24 as the designated player...Batted .221 on the year (19-for-86) with two home runs, nine RBI and five runs scored...Had a season-high three hits versus Gardner-Webb (3/3/02), with a double...Hit first career home run versus Fairfield (3/5/02)...Season highlighted by a 2-for-3 performance against Harvard (3/27/02) with a home run and three RBI...Had two RBI against Pennsylvania (4/18/02)...Made seven relief appearances as a pitcher...Recorded first collegiate victory against Sacred Heart (3/8/02)...Struck out a season-high four batters in three innings against La Salle (4/16/02) and earned her first career save...Pitched 12.0 innings with a 1.17 ERA.

Del Oro High School: Received four varsity letters as a pitcher and first baseman for head coach Steve Evans...Added one varsity letter in basketball...Valedictorian of the class of 2001...Holds the National Record for pitching 35 innings in a game...2001 Sierra Foothill League MVP...Voted to the First Team All-Metro in the Sacramento Area in 2001 and Second Team All-Metro three consecutive years (1998-00)...All-League selection from 1998-00...2001 Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Personal: Nursing major...One of two children of Mark and Jayne Koller...Has a younger sister, Kaila (18)...Father, Mark, played football at the University of Utah in 1978 and was a softball All-American...Played for the California Breeze Gold summer team, which won the national championship in 1998...Born 7/12/82 in Rocklin, Calif.

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