O'Neal receives NCAA statistical award


TUSKEGEE, Ala. – (June 30, 2011) – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently released its 2011 Division II statistical champions for softball.  Tuskegee’s Kristen O’Neal, starting sophomore catcher for the Lady Golden Tigers, finished first for HIT BY PITCHER PER GAME.

In her 84 times at bat, O’Neal was hit by opposing pitchers 18 times for an average of 0.486 per game.

She played in 37 games in 2011 and started 35 of the Lady Golden Tigers’ 42 games.  O’Neal had 35 hits, including three triples, six doubles and four homeruns.  She ended the season with a .417 batting average.  She drove in 25 runs, stole 8-of-9 bases and scored 46 runs.

O’Neal played third base her first year at Tuskegee.

The Lady Golden Tigers finished the 2011 with a 26-15-1 record, most team wins in a single-season.

O’Neal, an occupational therapy major, is a 2009 graduate of Opelika High School, Opelika, Ala.

The NCAA will issue plaques to O’Neal and the athletics department at Tuskegee.

Edwin Colvin coached the Lady Golden Tigers in 2011.

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