#6 Whitney Kiihnl
|HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL)||Batesville, Miss. (South Panola)|
2011: Continued her storied Lipscomb career with her second consecutive season with 20 or more victories and a second-team All-Conference selection... Went 20-11 with a 1.69 earned run average, 24 complete games and 328 strike outs in 211.1 innings pitched... Finished fourth among A-Sun pitchers in wins, fourth in innings pitched, second in strike outs, first in shutouts (12), fourth in complete games and second in opponent's batting average (.170)... In A-Sun games, went 9-2 with 122 strike outs and six shutouts... Ranked second in A-Sun play in wins and strike outs, tied for first in shut outs, four in complete games and third in opponent batting average (.188)... Began the season on the ASA National Player of the Year watch list... Won three A-Sun Pitcher of the Week Awards, giving her a total of nine in her career... Won the Feb. 28 award for her no-hitter against Samford; she pitched six innings, striking out a season-high 16 batters... Won the Mar. 28 award by picking up three victories, two against No. 25 USC Upstate (Mar. 27) and another on a one-hit, 11-strike out, shut out performance against ETSU... Final 2011 award came for the week of Apr. 25, with two wins and a save in sweeps of Kennesaw State (Apr. 21) and Mercer (Apr. 22); Kiihnl posted a 0.00 ERA for that week... Had string of five consecutive starts (Mar. 4-Mar. 19) with double-digit strike outs: Butler (Mar. 4), Appalachian State (Mar. 6), Western Carolina (Mar. 16), Kansas (Mar. 18) and Georgia Tech (Mar. 19)... In all, 18 of her 28 starts produced at least 10 strike outs... At the plate, she batted .208 in 72 at-bats with a double, a triple and three runs batted in... Named to the A-Sun All-Tournament, going 1-2 with a 2.19 ERA and fanning 19 batters in 16 innings... NFCA Scholar Athlete and member of the Atlantic Sun All-Academic team.
2010: Posted one of the greatest single season performances in school history … Atlantic Sun Conference Player of Year … Unanimous choice as Conference Pitcher of the Year … Louisville Slugger/NFCA third-team All-American … First-team All-Conference selection … Louisville Slugger/NFCA Southeast Regional first-team selection … Set school records in nearly every pitching category … Five-time recipient of Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week award … Led the nation (NCAA Division I) in ERA ... Threw five no-hitters, including a 13-strikeout perfect game against Austin Peay on Feb. 26 … Played in 59 games, started 58 … Made 45 appearances on the mound, starting 28 games … Went 33-5 with a 0.95 ERA … Struck out 344 and walked 79 in 237 innings … Posted 16 double digit strikeout games … Struck out at least 10 batters in a career-high five consecutive games (Feb. 21 – Mar. 5) … Tallied 19 complete games, including 12 via shutouts … Held opponents to a .120 batting average … At the plate, hit .342 with 1 home run and 17 RBI while stealing seven bases … Registered 14 multi-hit games … In Atlantic Sun Conference games … Was stellar on the mound in conference play, posting an undefeated record of 11-0 with a 0.38 ERA … Threw eight complete games, including five shutouts in conference … Struck out 101 in 74.2 innings in conference play … Struck out a career-high 17 while allowing one run on three hits in win against Florida Gulf Coast (Apr. 17) … Earned two saves on the year Threw a season-high 8.2 innings (159 pitches) in NCAA Regional win against Alabama-Birmingham (May 22) … Led staff in wins (33), strikeouts (344), innings (237), opponents batting average (.120) appearances (45), complete games (19), shutouts (12) and saves (2) ... Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team.
2009: Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year, the first conference player of the year in softball for the Lady Bisons. …Atlantic Sun All-Conference Second Team. …Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team (unanimous). …Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Team. …A-Sun Pitcher of the Week (3/9). …Ranked 28th nationally in NCAA Division I in earned run average (1.45), 39th in strikeouts per seven innings (8.1), 41st in strikeouts (230) and 51st in shutouts (7). …Third overall in A-Sun in ERA (1.45) and opposing batting average (.197). …Fourth overall in A-Sun in strikeouts (230) and hitters caught looking on strikeouts (56). …Fifth overall in A-Sun in innings pitched (198), wins (18) and tied for fifth in games started 26). …Tied for sixth overall in appearances (33). …First in A-Sun games only in batters struck out looking (29). …Second in strikeouts in A-Sun games only (99). …In A-Sun games only rated third in innings pitched (80.2). …Fourth in A-Sun games only in opposing batting average (.193). ...Fifth in A-Sun games only in earned run average (1.21) and wins (7). …Tied for eighth in A-Sun games only in appearances (12). …The Lady Bisons were 18-8 when she started on the mound. …Pitched 10 innings vs Mercer (4/17), a team season high for most innings pitched. …Struck out 18 batters vs. Mercer (4/17), also a team season high. …Finished in double figures in strikeouts three times with 12 against Charleston Southern (3/6) and 14 vs Campbell (4/4). …One save, pitching one scoreless inning at ETSU (4/10). …Started 26 games, with 21 complete games. …Made 33 appearances overall. …Led staff in opposing batting average (.197), wins (18), innings pitched (198), strikeouts (230), appearances (33) , shutouts (7)and games started (26). …Second on staff in earned run average (1.45). …Third in won-loss percentage (.667). ...
High School: Four-year starter at South Panola High School for coach Ashleigh Hicks. … Named Gatorade Player of the Year in Mississippi as a junior and senior. … Led her team to back-to-back Mississippi State Championships (5A) in 2007 and 2008. … As a senior, named MS Miss Softball. …Also named First Team All-State. … Also named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA HS All-South Region Second Team. …Named a member of the High School Senior All-Star Team while leading her team with a 27-3 record on the mound (team finished 30-4). …South Panola finished the 2008 season ranked No. 25 nationally by USA Today and No. 37 nationally by Rivals.com. …As a senior, recorded a 0.17 ERA with 392 strikeouts in 186 innings pitched. …Also hit .437 with a .597 on-base percentage. …As a junior, named MS Miss Softball and First Team All-State. …Named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA High School All-South Region Second Team. …Finished the 2007 season with a 33-4 record on the mound and led her team to a No. 48 ranking by Rivals.com. …In the best-of-three 2007 State Championship series, she threw a no-hitter and a two-hitter to defeat Oak Grove, the defending state champions, who had entered the championship series undefeated. …Finished the season with a 0.09 ERA (only allowed three earned runs for the year) and 505 strikeouts in 231 innings. …Recorded a .383 batting average with nine doubles. … Lettered one year each in volleyball and cross country.
Personal: Played for Germantown Reds Devils Gold club team coached by Rose Kalisak. …2008 NAFA National Champions in Sulphur, La. …Finished third place in Canada Cup in 2008. … Parents are Jennifer and Robbie Kiihnl. …Has one brother, Luke (22). …Plans to major in Biology.