The power hitting Kirkpatrick was a two-time NAIA All-American and one of the best players in school history. He ended his career with 16 of the 26 Bulldog hitting records. After being named a second-team All-America outfielder in 1973, he was a first-team catcher as a senior with a .325 batting average and 10 home runs during a GLIAC championship season. He ranks second with 10 career triples, second in homers at 26 and has the highest slugging percentage in FSU history.
Under Coach Walt Piggott, Ferris captured two NAIA District 23 crowns with Kirkpatrick. He was a two-time NAIA Area VI choice and was twice named to the Area All-Tournament team. During his career, Ferris compiled a mark of 92-46-1, posting four straight 20-win seasons. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of high school, but spent three years in the Army, including one in Vietnam, before being discharged as a first lieutenant. Kirkpatrick, who made Mecosta County's Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, runs a CPA firm.