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   # 19 - Katie Kraai
Katie Kraai
Ferris State
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Zeeland, Mich.

High School:
Zeeland

Bats/Throws:
Right/Right

Height:
5-9

Position:
Third Base

Bulldog Career: Career Statistics.

2008 Season (Senior): Game-By-Game Statistics . . . Enters this spring ranked sixth in both home runs (nine) and doubles (32), 12th in RBIs (73), tied for 22nd in base hits (118), and 25th in games played (149) among Ferris State's career leaders.

2007 Season (Junior): Chosen as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete . . . A GLIAC All-Academic Team member . . . Selected to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional All-Tournament Team after batting a team-high .538 (7-13) with a squad-best five runs scored and a team-high tying six RBI in the Bulldogs' four post-season contests . . . Ranked 100th on national leaders list in doubles (0.29) . . . Started in all of team's 48 games exclusively at third base . . . Led Ferris State in home runs (six) and RBI (40) . . . Placed second on the squad in doubles (14) while finishing third in base hits (44), runs scored (27), and slugging percentage (.506) . . . Posted 11 multiple-hit games to rank tied for third among team leaders which consisted of seven two-RBI outings and four three-RBI contests . . . Paced the Bulldogs with 11 multi-RBI game performances, which included eight two-RBI games . . . Concluded the season midst a four-game (5/10-13) hit streak and batted a team-high .538 average (7-13) with six RBI and an .846 slugging percentage in four NCAA Regional Tourney appearances . . . Hit safely in 29 contests which included at least one base hit 15 of her initial 19 encounters . . . Hit for a .190 average (12-63) in 20 GLIAC outings, but did drive in 15 runs while scoring nine more . . . Totaled five RBI with three hits (two doubles and a three-run home run) in a 15-0 non-league win over Findlay (3/25) at the Wayne State Invitational . . . Produced a first-inning grand-slam homer in a 10-1 conference road game-two victory versus Mercyhurst (4/27) . . . Turned in three-hit games vs. St. Joseph's, Ind. (3/8), vs. Findlay (4/15), and against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (5/12) at the NCAA Regional Tournament . . . Collected two hits, including a solo roundtripper, at Wayne State (3/25) in the championship game of the Wayne State Invitational . . . Went yard against Grand Valley State (5/13) at NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional with a third-inning three-run homer in team's final game.

2006 Season (Sophomore): Received GLIAC All-Academic kudos . . . FSU Dean's Academic Award recipient . . . Starting third baseman for all 52 contests . . . Hit .220 on the year with 35 hits in 159 at bats . . . Recorded nine extra-base hits, including eight doubles . . . Had one home run and compiled 16 RBIs while registering a .289 slugging percentage . . . Stole three bases in four attempts . . . Notched six multi-hit games and four multiple-RBI contests . . . Went 4-of-4 (home run) with three RBIs and three runs scored in 16-0 non-league victory over Philadelphia College (3/5) at Florida Rebel Spring Tournament . . . Went 2-3 with two RBIs in 5-0 non-league win against St. Rose, N.Y. (3/11) . . . Also went 2-3 with a run scored at Cornerstone (3/29) and posted the identical hitting numbers versus Aquinas (4/11) to go with a RBI . . . Hit safely in 27 outings . . . Produced a six-game (4/9-11) hitting streak and batted .400 (8-20) during that span . . . Batted .264 (14-53) with eight runs scored and 11 RBIs in 18 games at the Florida Rebel Spring Tourney . . . Recorded a .938 fielding percentage with 51 putouts and 144 assists in 208 chances.

2005 Season (Freshman): Started all 49 games played in at third base . . . Honored as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete . . . A member of the 2005 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional All-Tournament Team . . . Her .262 average ranked tied for ninth place among Ferris State's batting leaders . . . Finished fourth on the team with 10 doubles while her 17 RBIs tied for fifth best . . . Tallied a sixth-place 39 base hits and scored a seventh-best tying 14 runs for the Bulldogs . . . Notched a .396 slugging percentage for the season and turned in a .895 fielding percentage with 39 putouts and 123 assists . . . Totaled nine multi-hit game efforts which was sixth highest on squad to go along with a sixth-place five multiple-RBI outings . . . Batted a team-leading .500 at the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional with four hits in eight at bats to go with two runs scored and three RBI . . . Reeled off a five-game hitting streak (4/22-25) and posted a .375 batting average (6-16) . . . Hit safely in 13 of her final 19 games and hit .316 (18-57) during that 19-game period . . . Went 2-for-4 with three RBIs against Merrimack (3/8) at the Florida Rebel Spring Tournament . . . Had a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a two-run roundtripper at Grand Valley State (4/9) in a game-two victory of a league doubleheader and then followed up the next game with another 2-for-3 hitting effort versus Wayne State (4/12) . . . Turned in a 3-for-4 hit performance in the season finale against West Virginia Wesleyan (5/13) in NCAA Tourney play, highlighted by a two-run homer in the sixth inning . . . Accounted for both of Ferris' runs in a 2-0 NCAA Tourney opening-game triumph over Northwood (5/12) with a RBI double and then scoring on a passed ball . . . Batted .246 with 14 hits in 20 league contests.

High School: Recognized as Zeeland High School's Athlete of the Year both as a junior and senior . . . Graduated in 2004 . . . Coached by Eric Rozema . . . Earned All-O.K. Red Lakeshore Conference and Zeeland Record All-Area plaudits in senior season after hitting .433 with a .654 slugging percentage . . . Registered 11 doubles, three triples and two home runs with 30 runs scored in 2004 season as ZHS posted a 27-5 overall mark while claiming the conference title . . . Two-time (2003-04) team captain . . . Batted .290 during junior year after notching a .318 average in sophomore campaign . . . Twice chosen as team's Best Offensive Player and Best Defensive Performer apiece . . . Garnered honorable mention all-conference accolades in basketball during senior year . . . Played key role in Chix capturing both conference and district championship crowns in basketball . . . Three-time team Most Valuable Player in basketball and volleyball . . . Captained both the Chix basketball and volleyball squads during final prep year . . . National Honor Society member . . . Involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Personal: Born 2/13/86 in Zeeland, Mich. . . . Daughter of Dave and Patricia Kraai . . . Father is a plumber and mother is employed as a nurse . . . FSU Letters: Two . . . Majoring in nursing.

Coach Becker on Kraai: "Katie is a true competitor and will finish her career anchoring the hot corner at third base. We look for her to provide some explosive offensive power and give us the same consistent defense she has the last three seasons."

 

Kraai's Career Hitting Stats
Year G-GS Avg AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB Slg % BB HP SO OB% SF SH SB-SBA PO A E Fld%
2005 49-49 .262 149 14 39 10 2 2 17 59 .396 7 0 40 .295 0 1 2-2 39 123 19 .895
2006 52-52 .220 159 16 35 8 0 1 16 46 .289 14 1 25 .286 1 0 3-4 51 144 13 .938
2007 48-48 .286 154 27 44 14 1 6 40 78 .506 8 3 30 .329 2 3 0-0 49 128 18 .908
Totals 149-149 .255 462 57 118 32 3 9 73 183 .396 29 4 95 .303 3 4 5-6 139 395 50 .914

On Deck With Kraai:
Why I chose Ferris State: Has a reputable nursing program
The motto I live by: You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them
My friends tell me I'm: a good listener
What has been the most thrilling moment of your life outside of sports?: Winning the basketball district championship my senior year
Something unusual about me is that: I had stitches seven times
When I step on the field I think: about what needs to be done to win the game
The thing I like most about Ferris State Softball: The players because they're all really fun to be around and are nice
My worst fear is: spiders
My role model is: Joy Pyper, a teacher at my high school, who has been a great influence and seems to do everything right. She's also an amazingly cheerful person who has accomplished a lot
My best non-athletic talent is: mathematics
Advice to youngsters: Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Set goals for yourself!
I can't live without: laughter

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