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   # 2 - McKenzie West
McKenzie West
Ferris State
Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Jenison, Mich.

High School:
Jenison

Bats/Throws:
Right/Right

Height:
5-9

Position:
Shortstop

Bulldog Career: Career Statistics.

2008 Season (Junior): Game-By-Game Statistics . . . Listed tied for seventh in home runs (eight), 15th in doubles (46), 22nd in batting average (.290) and 24th in RBI among the school's all-time leaders prior to the 2008 campaign.

2007 Season (Sophomore): A National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete and a GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree . . . Recorded 47 starts all at shortstop . . . Was eighth in team batting with a .285 average (41-144) . . . Finished fourth on the squad in base hits (41), tied for third in doubles (10) and was fifth in RBI (21) . . . Named to the Wayne State Invitational All-Tournament Team as a result of posting a .588 batting average (10-17) with a team-high four doubles and five RBI . . . Turned in a team third-place tying 11 multiple-hit game efforts and had a squad fourth-best tying five multi-RBI contests . . . Garnered at least a hit in 27 outings . . . Posted a personal season-high seven-game (3/3-7) hitting streak at the Florida Rebel Spring Tourney while batting .391 (9-23) with two home runs, two doubles, five RBI, and a .739 slugging percentage in those seven contests . . . Collected multiple hits four times in a five-game span (3/24-25) while producing a .588 hitting average (10-17) with five RBI and an .824 slugging percentage . . . Produced three RBI on two occasions - vs. Georgian Court, N.J. (3/4) and in the opening game of a home doubleheader against Findlay (4/15), which also included a pair of doubles . . . Belted a three-run sixth-inning roundtripper against Georgian Court in a 12-3 six-inning non-league decision at Florida Rebel Spring Tournament . . . Went 5-of-6 (.833) at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored in a non-league twinbill at Aquinas (4/18) . . . Tallied a combined four doubles in a three games at the Wayne State Invite (3/24) . . . Batted .185 (10-54) with three doubles and six RBIs in 19 GLIAC contests.

2006 Season (Freshman): Started all 52 games at shortstop . . . Placed fourth in team batting with a .294 average . . . Totaled 26 runs, 25 RBI, 13 doubles, five home runs, and a .477 slugging percentage . . . Her 45 hits tied for third highest on the squad and her team second-place 13 doubles ties for the seventh most single-season total on FSU's all-time leaders chart . . . Five homers represent a tie for eighth place among the program's season bests . . . Generated a squad third-best 12 multiple-hit games consisting of eight two-hit efforts and four three-hit performances . . . Racked up five multi-RBI contests, which featured four two-RBI encounters . . . Batted .339 (21-62) with three homers, five doubles, and 10 RBIs in 20 GLIAC encounters . . . Turned in an .861 fielding percentage with 64 putouts and 109 assists . . . Had a least one base hit in 11 outings during a 12-game stretch (3/25-4/5) and batted for a .341 average (14-41) with 10 RBIs . . . Tallied a season-best three RBIs on a pair of home runs in game two at Northwood (4/1) . . . Strung together a six-game (3/25-29) hitting streak, which started with her first roundtripper (two-run shot) in a non-league 8-0 triumph over Findlay (3/25) at the Wayne State Invitational . . . Went 3-4 against Wayne State (Neb.) at Florida Rebel Spring Tourney (3/9) with two doubles and two RBI apiece . . . Was 3-3 at the plate with one RBI on three occasions - at Findlay (4/21), versus Wayne State (4/28), and against Hillsdale (4/29) in regular-season finale . . . Closed out the season hitting .563 (9-16) in five contests . . . Garnered two hits, including a RBI double, versus Hillsdale (5/5) at GLIAC Tournament in Bulldogs' final outing of the season.

High School: Earned all-state Division 1 first-team plaudits as a pitcher at Jenison High School during her senior year . . . Prepped by Kari Kossen . . . Received honorable mention all-state recognition for pitching as a junior along with garnering state all-academic, all-conference, all-area, all-district, and all-region honors . . . Posted a 14-2 pitching mark with a 0.52 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 95 innings during junior season . . . Batted .342 with 27 hits and 18 RBIs in 78 official plate appearances for 2004 campaign . . . Totaled four doubles, two home runs and scored 10 runs to go with a .962 fielding percentage in junior year . . . Hit for a .289 average with 11 base hits in 38 at bats as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending injury . . . Picked up honorable mention all-league kudos and all-district honorable mention laurels at second base in 2002 freshman season . . . Registered a .389 hitting average with 33 base hits and six RBIs in 87 at bats as a freshman . . . Scored 18 runs and had a .922 fielding percentage while compiling a 2-0 pitching mark in 14 innings of action as Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinal round of the state tourney . . . Played basketball as a freshman . . . Served as a rest home volunteer . . . Member of summer league team which captured the 2004 World Series.

Personal: Daughter of Greg and Audrey West . . . Born 1/26/87 in Grand Rapids, Mich. . . . Father works at Herman Miller and mother is employed at Outback Steakhouse . . . Has an older brother . . . Nicknames are "Kenz" and "Kenzie" . . . Likes sports . . . FSU Letters: Two . . . Majoring in health care systems adminstration.

Coach Becker on West: "McKenzie has earned her stripes the last two years at the shortstop position and will be a permanent fixture there again this season. She too has a dangerous bat in the lineup which opponents shouldn't take lightly."

 

West'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%
2006 52-52 .294 153 26 45 13 0 5 25 73 .477 6 4 39 .337 0 7 1-2 64 109 28 .861
2007 47-47 .285 144 23 41 10 0 3 21 60 .417 9 0 32 .417 0 2 1-1 49 100 21 .876
Totals 99-99 .290 297 49 86 23 0 8 46 133 .448 15 4 71 .332 0 9 2-3 113 209 49 .868

On Deck With West:
Why I chose Ferris State: far enough away to be away but close enough so I can go home. Also because of the Dental Hygiene program and softball
My role model is: my high school coach because she taught me how to play with class and how to play the game right
My favorite music group: Def Leppard
I can't live without: my family and friends
The thing I like most about Ferris State Softball: the team works hard but also has fun
The motto I live by: in order to be the best, you have to work harder than the best
My pregame ritual is: can't say
What has been the most thrilling sports moment of your life?: Being one of the final four teams in the high school state tournament
My friends tell me I: am proud of you
My advice to youngsters is: it doesn't matter how old you are on a team, everyone should be a leader
When I step on the field I think: don't get cheated. Play hard like you will never play again
Something unusual about me is that: I need a fan to sleep
If I could meet anyone in history, it would be: Jennie Finch
If I could change one thing about softball: The way parents get too involved.

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