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    Kisten Martin
    24 Kisten Martin
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Vienna, Ill.

    High School:
    Vienna

    Height:
    5-10

    Position:
    1B

    Bats/Throws:
    L/L

    2007 Highlights:
    • 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

    2006 Highlights:
    • 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

    2005 Highlights:
    • 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

    2004 Highlights:
    • 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

    High School
    • 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.

    Personal
    • 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...


    Nickname: KMart
    Favorite Food: Mexican
    Favorite TV show: House, ER
    Favorite Musical Group: George Strait, Brad Paisley
    Favorite Athlete: 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?: Basketball
    Favorite class: 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.

    Career Statistics

    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
    

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