Saint Xavier University senior second baseman Colleen Kilduff (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) has been named the 2006 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Softball Player of the Year. Kilduff becomes the first student-athlete in the history of the University to earn national player of the year recognition in any sport. In addition, she becomes just the fifth NAIA First Team All-American in the program's 30-year history joining Carolyn Tovey (1987), Georgia McGuire (1987 & 1988), Rochelle Maly (1991), and Kristina Dugan (1998).
"Excitement and shock might be the best two words to describe how I'm feeling right now," said Kilduff. "This is an unbelievable way to end my softball career. I think it also helps show just how good our team was this season and how much attention it drew from other NAIA teams. I want to thank all the members of the team, the coaches, and parents for all the support they have given me over the years. This is a great honor."
Kilduff capped her playing career at Saint Xavier University with a stellar senior season in which she hit .465 (73-for-157) with 18 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 58 runs scored, and 82 RBI. In 2006, she established new single-season school records for home runs (18), RBI (82), extra-base hits (38), and batting average (.465) in addition to the single-season doubles mark (23) she already owned from the 2003 campaign.
However, Kilduff really displayed her greatness for the game of softball with her career statistics. She is now the NAIA's career leader in doubles (74), total bases (535), and batting average (.402) as well as finishing No. 4 all-time in four additional categories, at-bats (751), hits (302), home runs (45), and RBI (219). Kilduff led the NAIA in runs batted in (RBI) per game this spring averaging 1.58 a contest.
"It has been my pleasure to watch her play," said SXU softball coach Myra Minuskin. "She has worked hard to improve her entire game during her four years at Saint Xavier and this accomplishment is a fitting end to an impressive collegiate career. Some of the records she set this season may never be broken."
Saint Xavier University and its Athletics Department would like to extend its congratulations to Colleen Kilduff on this momentous achievement! It has been a pleasure watching her play over the last four years! Good luck on your future endeavours!Kilduff's Saint Xavier University Records
Single-Season Doubles - 23 (2003)
Single-Season Home Runs - 18 (2006)
Single-Season Batting Average - .465 (2006)
Single-Season Extra-Base Hits - 38 (2006)
Single-Season Runs Batted In (RBI) - 82 (2006)
Longest Game Hitting Streak - 21 (2003)
Career At-Bats - 751 (2002-06)
Career Runs Scored - 199 (2002-06)
Career Doubles - 74 (2002-06) * also a NAIA record
Career Home Runs - 45 (2002-06)
Career RBI - 219 (2002-06)
Career Total Bases - 535 (2002-06) * also a NAIA record
Career Batting Average - .402 (2002-06) * also a NAIA recordKilduff's Career Numbers
Batting Average: .402 (NAIA Record)
At-Bats: 751 (No. 4 All-Time NAIA)
Hits: 302 (No. 4 All-Time NAIA)
Doubles: 74 (NAIA Record)
Home runs: 45 (No. 4 All-Time NAIA)
RBI: 219 (No. 4 All-Time NAIA)
Total Bases: 535 (NAIA Record)
Slugging Percentage: .712
Games played: 227