Softball - Mon, Apr. 24, 2006
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University senior second baseman Colleen Kilduff (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) has had the type of senior season that most student-athletes only dream about. With the Cougars currently 31-9 overall and ranked No. 17 in the latest softball poll released by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) on April 19, Kilduff has been primarily focused on helping lead SXU back to the national tournament for the first time since 2004. However, on an individual level, Kilduff is a mere two doubles away from becoming the NAIA's all-time career doubles leader and placing her name into the national record books.
With her 12 doubles already this season, Kilduff sits at 68 for her career. Melissa Dowlen, who played at Athens State University (Ala.) from 1993-95 and recorded 69 doubles, currently holds the national mark. With six regular-season games left on its 2006 slate and the postseason, Kilduff will have plenty of opportunities over the next few weeks to break the 11-year-old achievement.
"Colleen has two big things going for her that have helped put her into position to break the NAIA's career doubles record," said Saint Xavier University softball coach Myra Minuskin. "She is extremely competitive and very consistent. Colleen can adjust her hitting technique to any pitcher she faces and makes good decisions every time she steps up to the plate."
Kilduff has rewritten the career batting records for Saint Xavier University softball. She currently holds the all-time marks for at-bats (717), runs scored (185), hits (285), doubles (68), home runs (41), RBI (201), batting average (.397), and extra-base hits (121). Kilduff still has a shot at breaking some other NAIA career records. She sits at 41 career home runs, 717 career at-bats, and 285 career hits. The national records in those three categories are: 52 home runs, 806 at-bats, and 318 hits.
The Cougars (31-9 overall/16-2 CCAC) continue their regular season with a non-conference doubleheader against Lewis University (Ill.) on Tuesday, April 25, in Romeoville, Ill. Start time for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.