2011 Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team
2011 team captain
Redshirt junior season (2010)
Named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State Team … started 56 of UNCG’s 57 games, all at shortstop … hit .268 with career highs in doubles (10), home runs (11), RBI (38), runs (23) and walks (19) … slugged .530 and had an on-base percentage of .342 … got off to a slow start on the season, but broke out of her slump with a four-hit game at College of Charleston on March 20 … hit .355 with 11 homers, 22 runs, 36 RBI and a .729 slugging percentage in UNCG’s final 35 games … led UNCG in home runs for the third straight season … also paced the squad in RBI and was second in walks … had nine multi-hit games and a team-best nine multi-RBI games … hit .380 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 23 SoCon games … went 3-for-4 with two doubles and fell one RBI shy of the single-game school record with six against Western Carolina on April 17 … went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI against the Catamounts again the following day … hit home runs in three straight games from March 30-April 2, going deep in both games of a doubleheader against East Carolina and in the series opener against Elon … also homered in back-to-back games against College of Charleston (3/20) and Marshall (3/24) … hit three homers in the three-game series against Samford (May 8-9)… went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in game one, then went 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI the following day … earned SoCon Player of the Week honors after that performance … it was the first multi-homer game of her career … moved up to fourth in school history in career home runs, ending the season with 23 to her credit … earned a spot on the Dean’s List for the fall semester ... was a team captain.
Redshirt sophomore season (2009)
Had a breakout offensive season despite missing 18 games with injury, earning a spot on the All-Southern Conference Second Team … appeared in 36 games with 35 starts … set or matched career highs in most offensive categories on the season, including hits (32), average (.317), runs scored (13), doubles (six), triples (one), home runs (six), RBI (20), slugging percentage (.574) and on-base percentage (.373); also had a career-best fielding percentage, making just four errors on the season in 124 chances, good for a .968 mark … had seven multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games … led the team in home runs for the second straight season … also led the team in slugging percentage and was second in batting average … hit her first career grand slam in just her second game back from injury, sending UNCG to a 5-3 win over Virginia Tech on April 30 … went 3-for-4 with four runs scored against Western Carolina on March 8 … her two-run home in the first inning against Appalachian State on March 29 was the difference in UNCG’s 2-1 win … drove in three runs and went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 5-3 win over Campbell on March 31 … went a combined 4-for-7 with three RBI and three extra-base hits on her 21st birthday, smashing two doubles and a home run in a doubleheader split with Harvard on March 24 … hit .375 in nine SoCon games … hit five of her home runs in a span of 11 games played … had hits in 14 out of 16 games during one stretch, hitting .400 (20-for-50) from Feb. 15-March 29 … was hitting .338 before missing most of the month of April … hit .429 in three games against ranked teams, hitting a double against No. 16 Georgia on April 22 and singles in each game of a doubleheader at No. 16 North Carolina on April 25 …entered the school’s top 10 in career homers, finishing the season at No. 10 with 12 in her career.
Redshirt freshman season (2008)
Played in 54 games with 50 starts ... led the team with five home runs and was second with six doubles ... hit .196 on the season ... had 13 RBI and scored 12 runs ... drew 12 walks and shared the team lead with seven sacrifice hits ... had seven multi-hit games on the year, including a 3-for-4 effort with a home run and three runs scored against Radford on April 1 ... put together a seven-game hitting streak in which she went 11-for-22 with five RBI and five runs scored ... hit homers in back-to-back games on Feb. 23, going a combined 3-for-7 with four RBI and three runs scored against Mount St. Mary’s and Delaware State ... her home run against Mount St. Mary’s accounted for the Spartans’ lone run in the 1-0 win ... had two games with three RBI, doing so against Delaware State and again against Western Carolina on April 6.
Freshman season (2007)
Redshirted due to injury ... played in 11 games with seven starts before shutting it down for the season ... posted a .238 batting average ... had a home run and two RBI ... scored four runs ... had her best game against Morehead State on Feb. 16, going 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk and two runs scored.
Four-year letter winner at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif. ... named All-Sea View Conference and to the Irvine World News All-City team from 2004-06 ... named to the 2006 Orange County Coaches’ all-star team ... helped the Warriors to three Sea View league titles and to the 2003 CIF Southern Section Division I title ... played six years of summer ball for the Irvine Sting and was a member of the 2003 ASA 14U Western Nationals Tournament championship team.
Kaitlin Caroline Merkt ... born March 24, 1988, in Orange, Calif. ... daughter of Ron and Kim Merkt ... majoring in kinesiology ... minoring in business and entrepreneurship.