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5   Kaleigh Rafter
Kaleigh Rafter

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Guelph, Ontario

High School:
St. James High School

Last College:
Detroit Mercy

Position:
C/IF

B/T:
R/R


TWO-TIME HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (2006-07)
TWO-TIME FIRST TEAM ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE (2006-07)
2007 NFCA FIRST TEAM ALL-REGION
2007 FIRST TEAM CoSIDA/ESPN the MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA
2006 NFCA SECOND TEAM ALL-REGION

2008 Beijing Olympics:
Member of the 2008 Canadian Olympic team that finished fourth in Beijing ... Scored two runs on two hits with two RBI in the 9-2 win over the Netherlands in game eight ... One of those hits was a three-run home run in the fourth inning ... Is one of the youngest softball players in the world to hit a home run in an Olympic game.

Junior Season (at Detroit Mercy - 2007):
Started all 43 games for the Titans, 30 behind the plate and 13 at third ... Batted .413 with 35 hits, including four doubles, one triple and 14 home runs ... Drove in 35 runs and scored 35 runs ... Led the Titans with 14 home runs and 35 RBI ... Committed just five errors in 198 chances ... Posted eight multiple-RBI games ... Was hit by four pitches and drew 32 walks ... Earned her second Horizon League Player of the Year honor ... Named First Team All-Horizon League ... Was a NFCA First Team All-Region honoree ... Made the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America First Team.

Sophomore Season (at Detroit Mercy - 2006):
Was named the 2006 Horizon League Player of the Year and to the All-League First Team for her outstanding season which saw her post a .359 average in 131 at-bats while starting all 45 games ... Hit 12 home runs, setting a new Detroit single season record in the process ... Those 12 long balls also puts her second in career home runs...posted back-to-back two-hit games to open the season against Penn State (March 7) and UC-Santa Barbara (March 3) ... Her efforts against Phoenix garnered Rafter the first of her two Horizon League Player of the Week selections ... Hit a homer that traveled an estimated 420 feet at Loyola (April 15) as part of a 3-for-3, two RBI game against the Ramblers ... Tied the single season home run record as part of a 2-for-3, two RBI performance in the second game at Michigan State (April 18) ... Set the new home run standard with her three-run blast off of the Buysse Ballpark scoreboard in right field against Youngstown State (April 23) in a 7-6 Titan win ... Had a trio of long balls in the twinbill at Wright State (May 4), going a combined 4-for-8 with five RBI, the three homers and four runs scored in a pair of Titan wins ... Continued her hot hitting that week in the Cleveland State series, going 3-for-7 with three RBI and a double to put up a .467 average for the week and pick up her second Player of the Week nod ... Was named to the NFCA All-Region team following the season.

Freshman Season (at Detroit Mercy - 2005):
Started 30 of the 33 games she appeared in as a true freshman ... Posted a .239 average in 92 at bats ... Drove in 13 runs on 22 hits, including three doubles ... Collected her first collegiate hit against LaSalle (March 11) on the Spring Trip in Orlando, Fla. ... Set her career high with three hits in game one at Wayne State (April 7) and then tied that personal best in the night cap, going a combined 6-for-8 with three RBI against the Warriors ... Was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored in the upset win over UIC in the Horizon League Tournament (May 12) ... Drove in a career high two runs on three occasions, the last coming against IPFW in a Titan sweep.

High School:
Earned letters in both softball and basketball at Guelph's St. James Catholic High School ... Was a three time winner of the Dave Bernon Sportsman award as well as a Larry Kelly Award for Excellence winner ... As a senior, was selected the Best All-Around Athlete at St. James ... Also picked up the Loretta Cullen Award of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement in Sports Award as a senior ... Was a four year member of the honor roll.

Personal:
Born August 18, 1986 ... Major is criminology ... Daughter of Tom and Joan Rafter.

Career Highs*
At Bats: 5 (twice)
Hits: 4 (twice)
Runs: 3 vs. Monmouth (March 5, 2007)
RBI: 4 (four times)
Doubles: 2 (twice)
Triples: 1 vs. Monmouth (March 5, 2007)
Home Runs: 2 (twice)
Total Bases: 8 (three times)
Walks: 3 (three times)
Strikeouts: 3 vs. Creighton (March 6, 2005)
Sac Hits: 1 (twice)
Sac Flies: 1 (four times)
Putouts: 11 vs. Youngstown State (May 10, 2007)
Assists: 8 vs. Wright State (May 3, 2007)
Errors: 2 vs. Creighton (March 6, 2005)
*at Detroit Mercy

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