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UNC Softball Bio
12 Kristen Brown
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2016 Honors:
» NFCA All-America First Team
» NFCA All-Southeast Region First Team
» HERO Sports All-America First Team
» UNC Patterson Medal
» USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List (Top 50)
» All-ACC First Team
» ACC Player of the Week (2/22)

2015 Honors:
» NFCA All-America Third Team
» USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Finalist (Top 26)
» NFCA All-Southeast Region First Team
» All-ACC First Team
» Two-time ACC Player of the Week (3/16, 3/30)

2014 Honors:
» All-ACC First Team
» All-ACC Academic Team
» ACC Academic Honor Roll

2013 Honors:
» All-ACC Second Team
» ACC Player of the Week (4/23)

Career Notes: One of the most talented sluggers ever to come through the UNC softball program, she graduates with eight career records and five single-game records, while ranking in the top 10 in the ACC in five career categories • Became the all-time ACC career home run leader (66) on May 20, 2016, with a walk-off home run against Longwood at NCAA Regionals • Leads UNC and ranks third in the ACC in RBIs (204), fourth in slugging percentage (.714) and total bases (469) and ninth in runs scored (181) • Additionally holds UNC career records for walks (106), sacrifice flies (11) and intentional walks (14), while ranking fourth in batting average (.356), third in on base percentage (.452), fourth in hits (234) and seventh in doubles (37) • Set the top-two single-season marks in RBIs and home runs • A two-time NFCA All-American, she became the first-ever softball player to win UNC’s Patterson Medal and the first Tar Heel to earn a place in the USA Softball program.

International/Professional: Invited to the USA Softball National Team Selection Camp on Jan. 2-6, 2016 • Named to the 2016 USA Softball Women’s Elite Team • Selected 24th overall in the NPF College Draft by the Chicago Bandits and signed a one-year deal for 2016.

2016 (Senior): Started all 57 games at shortstop, leading UNC with a .388 batting average, 19 home runs, a school-record 43 walks, a .794 slugging percentage and a .521 on base percentage, while going 11-for-14 in stolen bases • Ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in 12 categories, including second in slugging percentage, on base percentage and walks • Ranked 12 in the NCAA in home runs, 22nd in walks, 24th in slugging percentage, 31st in on base percentage and 36th in RBIs • Ranked in the top 40 in the nation among active players in seven career categories, including 66th in home runs, 10th in total bases and 11th in RBIs • Reached base safely in every game except the regular-season finale at GT, including a 54-game streak dating back to the end of 2015 • Posted a team-leading 17 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI performances • The only ACC player to earn her fourth All-ACC award in 2016, she became UNC’s fourth First-Team All-American in program history.

Hit safely in all five games at the Texas Classic, going 7-for-16 with a double, two home runs, four runs and eight RBIs • Hit a sixth-inning home run against Northwestern (2/19) to help Carolina to a come-from-behind victory • Hit two home runs for five RBIs to help defeat Illinois (2/21) • Became UNC’s all-time career RBI leader on Feb. 27 with a three-run home run against IUPUI • Walked three times (intentionally in the first) at Cal State Fullerton, then hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to break UNC’s career total bases record • Was intentionally walked three times and hit by a pitch in the Syracuse series opener • Gave UNC a 3-0 lead with a first-inning home run at Pitt (3/19), going 2-for-3 with four RBIs; was intentionally walked in the sixth inning, after which three of the next four Tar Heels hit home runs • Reached base three times in the Florida State opener (3/25), with a single, an RBI double and a bases-loaded hit by pitch • Drove in the game-winning run in extras with an eighth-inning solo home run to lead UNC past No. 10 Georgia, 2-1 • Went 2-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in game two at BC (4/9) • Tied her career high by going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs at Charlotte (4/13), breaking the Carolina career scoring record with her 169th career run scored • Homered twice on April 16, driving in UNC’s only run in game one at UVA, then going 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs in game two • Walked in all four plate appearances in the Notre Dame opener (4/24), tying the single-game walks record and becoming UNC’s all-time career walks leader with her 96th base on balls in the fifth inning • Went 2-for-2 with an RBI single, a double, a walk and drove in the game-winning run with her UNC-record 10th career sac fly to lead UNC to victory in the finale with No. 18 Notre Dame (4/25) • Doubled, walked, scored twice and stole two bases, including home, against Campbell • Reached base all four times in Georgia Tech opener (5/7), going 3-for-3 with a double and a home run  • Continued her perfect average in GT game two (5/8), breaking the UNC career sac fly record, walking twice, and tying the ACC career home run record with a two-run blast in the fifth • Went 2-for-3 with three RBIs against Longwood in the first game at NCAA Regionals (5/20), with a walk, an RBI single and the game-winning walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh—her ACC-record 66th career home run.

2015 (Junior): Put in a historic year at the plate, breaking school records for home runs and RBI in a single season as well as setting the new career home run mark • Started all 53 games at shortstop • Earned NFCA Third Team All-America honors • Named First Team All-ACC for the second consecutive year and NFCA First Team All-Region • Batted .362 while leading the team and the ACC with 24 long balls, 67 RBI, and a .853 slugging percentage • Hit a grand slam against Elon in the last home game of the season to break the UNC career home run record (4/22) • Had five games with multiple home runs and 12 games with three-or-more RBI.

2014 (Sophomore): One of Carolinas’ most consistent hitters • Batted over .330 for the second consecutive season while starting all 50 games at shortstop • Named to the 2014 All-ACC First Team • Recorded 53 hits with 12 home runs • Blasted a grand slam against Syracuse (3/9) • Knocked in 45 RBIs and scored 41 runs • Registered 59 putouts with a .946 fielding mark.  

2013 (Freshman): Had a phenomenal first year, starting 60 of 61 games at shortstop • Named to the 2013 All-ACC Second Team • Posted a .341 batting average with 60 hits, including 11 home runs • Added 34 RBIs and 39 runs scored • Totaled 81 putouts with a .957 fielding mark • Hit a walk-off three-run homer vs. James Madison (4/3) • Ranked top-10 in the ACC for batting average, hits, doubles and total bases • Registered 18 games with multiple hits and hit two homers vs. Georgia Tech (4/21). 

Prep: Selected 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for New York • Pitched her high school team to a Long Island Championship as a senior • A first-team all-state selection • Selected Long Island Player of the Year in 2012 • MVP and Player of the Year of Nassau County 2012 • Member of the National Honor Society and a peer leader. 

Personal: Majoring in exercise and sport science • SAAC Representative • Participates in the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy as a  member of the Veteran Leaders program • Serves as a Community Outreach Rep with Carolina Outreach • Born May 31 in Bethpage, N.Y. • Daughter of Robert and Dawn Brown.

Career Statistics
Year GP GS Avg AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB IBB HP SO OB% SF SH SB FLD%
2013 61 60 .341 176 39 60 12 0 11 34 105 .597 14 0 3 12 .395 2 4 3-5 .957
2014 50 50 .335 158 41 53 9 0 12 45 98 .620 20 2 7 17 .428 2 0 3-6 .946
2015 53 53 .362 163 57 59 8 0 24 67 139 .853 29 3 1 13 .456 2 0 7-7 .971
2016 57 57 .388 160 44 62 8 0 19 58 127 .794 43 9 7 19 .521 5 0 11-14 .939
TOTAL 221 220 .356 657 181 234 37 0 66 204 469 .714 106 14 18 61 .452 11 4 24-32 .952

 

 


Position: Shortstop
Height: 5'8"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Levittown, N.Y.
High School: General Douglas MacArthur
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