Starting at first base after playing behind All-American Jenna Hall for three seasons and starting last year at designated player
Along with Shanna Diller, became the first Illinois duo to hit grand slams in the same game, delivering the blows vs. Florida International Feb. 9.
Hit her second grand slam of the season vs. Pittsburgh March 17
Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic after batting .313 with a double, a grand slam and six RBI.
Was a combined 7-for-10 with a double and a home run in three straight games against Texas Tech, Jacksonville and Bethune Cookman
Totaled eight RBI at Capital Classic
On Illinois' all-time career list, ranks eighth in slugging (.393), ninth in RBI (73) and home runs (12), and tenth in doubles (19)
Hit home runs in back-to-back games for the first time in her career against Purdue and Indiana
Her lead-off single started a two-run rally in eighth vs. No. 8 Michigan. The Illini won 5-3.
Her solo home run leading off the sixth inning started a five-run rally as Illinois came from a 5-1 deficit to defeat Penn State on April 22
Named third-team All-Big Ten
2006 Academic All-Big Ten
Hit a pinch-hit solo home run against Purdue in the USF-Adidas Invitational
Started the last 36 games, 31 at designated player and four at first base
Was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI vs. Southern Utah in the final day of the Capital Classic
Was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in 5-0 win over Penn State on April 9
Hit four home runs in Big Ten play and ranked second in the league with 17 RBI in Big Ten play
Her grand slam homer vs. Indiana helped erase a 4-0 deficit and give the Illini a 6-5 victory
Academic All-Big Ten
Started 27 games
Was 4-for-4 with one run scored, one double, and two RBI vs. BYU
Went 3-for-4 vs. Loyola in game two of the DH
Started 15 games in 2004, all at DP.
Hit the game-winning RBI double in the ninth inning at Purdue.
Gave Illinois a lead it later lost against No. 9 Michigan with another RBI double.
Had a three-game hitting streak in the Bradley doubleheader and the first game at Purdue. Martin had three RBI in that stretch.
Went 2 for 4 with an RBI at DePaul
Played for the Southern Force, who won the ASA Gold 18U National Championship.
George Huff Award Winner
Holds Vienna High records for walks (70), hits (220), doubles (46), triples (28), home runs (24) and RBI (175) in a career
Had a .423 career batting average for the Eagles, and a .992 fielding percentage
Member of three-time regional and South Egyptian Conference champion teams in 2001-03
Four-time All-SEC team member
Two-time All-State team member
Winner of IHSA Hitting Derby in 2003
Holds Vienna High basketball records for most points scored in a single game (44) and in a season (514) and career (1,316)
Named Most Valuable Multiple Sport Athlete at Vienna High in 2001-02 and 02-03 school years.
Coached by Ross Hill at Vienna.
Played for Southern Force (coached by Gerry Clasco).
That team finished in the Top 12 at the Gold Nationals in 2002 and were champions at the Canadian Cup and Orland Park Invitational.
Born July 6, 1985 in Paducah, Ky.
Parents are J. Neil and Kim Martin
Father J. Neil played baseball at Illinois
Has two brothers - Brandon, 25, and Dustin, 16
Named Miss Illinois Western Rider in 2002.
Named a Heisman Scholar and a Southern Illinois Scholar Athlete.
Getting to know Kisten...
Favorite TV show:
Favorite Musical Group:
George Strait, Brad Paisley
Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Edmonds
I chose my jersey number because...:
My favorite player, Ken Griffey Jr. had the number at one time.
I'd like to switch places for a day with...:
Larry Walker-so I can play the outfield with Jim Edmonds and hit behind Albert Pujols.
If you weren't playing softball, which sport would you want to play?:
Theatre 101 with Brittany Koester
What could you not go for a month without?:
Sonic's Cherry Limeade
Our team will be fun to watch this year because...:
We work well together.
Year AVG. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HB SO OB% SAC SB-SBA PO A E FLD%
2004 .196 21-15 51 1 10 2 0 0 6 12 .235 2 0 14 .226 0 0-0 0 0 0 .000
2005 .218 35-27 78 9 17 2 1 0 8 21 .269 3 1 18 .256 2 0-0 152 8 2 .988
2006 .272 41-39 125 6 34 6 0 6 28 58 .464 5 0 32 .300 1 0-0 35 2 0 1.000
2007 .281 55-55 171 21 48 9 0 6 31 75 .439 21 0 28 .358 1 0-0 357 33 8 .980
Total .256 152-136 425 37 109 19 1 12 73 166 .391 31 1 92 .308 4 0-0 544 43 10 .983