#23 Kaitlyn Ranieri
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)||Lake Central|
Enters senior season ranked among Valpo's career best in numerous categories, including tied for first in career walks (98), second in on-base percentage (.469) and batting average (.359), fourth in slugging percentage (.557) and total bases (287), fifth in hits (185) and runs scored (114), sixth in doubles (36) and home runs (20) and ninth in RBIs (88).
2015: Started all 51 games for the Crusaders during her junior year, making 39 starts in the outfield and 12 starts at designated player ... repeated as a First Team All-Horizon League and Second Team NFCA All-Midwest Region honoree ... hit .407 on the year with 41 runs scored and 39 RBIs ... set Valpo single-season records for on-base percentage (.543) and walks (40) ... ranked second in a single season in program history in slugging percentage (.764) and total bases (107) ... moved into third in program single-season history in batting average and home runs (11), fifth in doubles (15), seventh in runs scored and eighth in RBIs ... ranked among top-three in Horizon League in eight different categories, including leading the league in walks ... ranked second among all league players in on-base percentage and doubles, while finishing the year third in slugging percentage, home runs, RBIs, runs scored and total bases ... ranked sixth in hits (57) as well ... finished the season 24th nationally in on-base percentage, 26th in walks and 59th in slugging percentage ... within Horizon League-only play, led the league in runs scored (23), RBIs (22), doubles (8) and walks (15) ... posted a slash line of .483/.595/.983 in league-only action, ranking second in on-base and slugging percentages and third in batting average ... also ranked second in league-only play in home runs (7) and total bases (57) and third in hits (28) ... posted 15 multi-hit games on the year and drew multiple walks 11 times ... scored at least two runs on 12 occasions while driving in multiple runs nine times ... scored season single-game best three runs in three games on the season - Feb. 8 against IPFW, and back-to-back games May 1 and 2 in regular season-ending series against Youngstown State ... tallied three hits apiece Mar. 8 versus Omaha, Mar. 14 against Albany, Mar. 21 in first game of twinbill versus Green Bay, and Apr. 11 in series opener against UIC ... connected on two home runs and drove in a season-best five runs in the 3-for-3 effort against the Flames, also tallying a double ... tallied three RBIs apiece Mar. 13 versus Albany and Mar. 28 against Wright State ... drew three walks in a game on four separate occasions: Mar. 7 against Omaha, Mar. 15 in win over Saint Peter's, Mar. 21 in series finale against Green Bay and May 2 in opener of twinbill versus YSU ... reached base in all eight plate appearances in Mar. 21 twinbill versus Green Bay ... broke Valpo's single-season walks record as part of three-walk game in win over YSU ... tied the program's career walks record in the Horizon League Championship May 6 in victory over Wright State ... went 4-for-7 with five walks and seven runs scored in three-game sweep of Youngstown State May 1-2, helping Crusaders clinch berth in Horizon League Championship ... posted season-best 11-game hitting streak Apr. 11-26 and reached base in 16 straight contests Apr. 4-26.
2014: Started all 58 games as a sophomore in right field for Valpo ... named Horizon League co-Player of the Year, the program's first-ever league Player of the Year ... also earned a First Team All-League spot and was named a Second Team All-Region honoree ... finished season hitting .370 with 38 runs scored and 33 RBIs ... led the league in on-base percentage (.460) and walks (27) ... ranked second in the league with 67 hits on the campaign ... finished season third in the league in batting average, runs scored and total bases (105) ... also was tied for fourth in home runs (9), fifth in RBIs and ninth in slugging percentage (.580) ... moved into Crusaders' single-season top-ten charts in nine different categories: total bases (t-2nd), hits (4th), home runs (t-5th), walks (7th), batting average (7th), on-base percentage (7th), at-bats (7th), runs scored (8th) and slugging percentage (9th) ... dominated Horizon League play, posting a slash line of .532/.597/.887 in league-only action, all of which led the league ... also led all HL players in league-only play in hits (33) and total bases (55), hit five home runs (t-2nd) and drove in 21 runs (2nd) ... tallied multiple hits in 20 games, drove in multiple runs 11 times and scored two or more runs on nine occasions ... connected on first career home run, scored four runs and drove in three runs in Feb. 8 win over Seton Hall ... matched program single-game record dating back to at least 1998 with the four runs scored ... went 3-for-3 with a run scored against Memphis Feb. 16 ... went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored versus Weber State Mar. 8 ... started Horizon League play with a bang, combining to go 4-for-7 with a homer, four runs scored and two RBIs in twinbill at Youngstown State Mar. 22 ... connected on pair of home runs in league win at UIC Mar. 30 in move back to leadoff spot in the order ... entered Apr. 5 doubleheader against Detroit batting just .284 on the season before going on incredible run ... over a 13-game hitting streak, hit .553 (26-for-47) with 11 runs scored, 19 RBIs and ten extra-base hits ... raised season batting average 89 points during that span ... went 7-for-9 with a home run, three runs scored and seven RBIs in series sweep of the Titans Apr. 5-6 ... posted a 4-for-8 doubleheader against Northern Illinois Apr. 8, hitting a home run, scoring two runs and driving in a pair as well ... went 7-for-12 in three-game set with Cleveland State Apr. 12-13, registering multiple hits in all three games and capping series with a walk-off double ... earned Horizon League Batter of the Week honors for her efforts versus NIU and CSU ... closed torrid stretch by going 4-for-9 with a home run and three RBIs in doubleheader sweep at Western Illinois Apr. 22 ... closed regular season with a 6-for-10 series at Green Bay May 3-4, driving in three runs ... earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Horizon League Championship May 7-10, going 5-for-14 with a home run and three runs scored.
2013: Appeared in 61 games as a freshman for the Crusaders, starting 59 times in the outfield ... a Second Team All-Horizon League honoree ... finished season hitting .314 with 35 runs scored and 16 RBIs ... finished second in the league in hits (61) and walks (31), fifth in runs scored, tied for fifth in doubles (12) and ninth in on-base percentage (.417) ... 31 walks is second-most in a single season in Crusader history, while 61 hits rank fifth on Valpo's single-season chart ... also matched Valpo record for most at-bats in a season (194) ... hit .350 in league-only play with 14 RBIs ... drew 18 walks in league play to lead the league, while her .513 on-base percentage in league-only action ranked fifth ... registered team-best 16 multi-hit games on the season ... also drew multiple walks six times on the year ... picked up triple as part of 2-for-3 game against Western Michigan Feb. 24 ... went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs Mar. 1 against UNC Wilmington ... tallied three hits and two RBIs Mar. 9 against Colgate ... came up with two more three-hit games on spring break trip, Mar. 15 versus Temple and Mar. 17 against Cornell ... tallied two hits in both ends of a doubleheader sweep of Green Bay Mar. 30 ... set program record for walks drawn in a game, earning four free passes at Detroit Apr. 21 ... also hit by a pitch that game as well, scoring two runs without an official at-bat ... dominated a three-game series to close out regular season against Youngstown State May 4-5, going 7-for-10 with two runs scored, two RBIs and six walks over the three games ... delivered game-tying hit in the 12th inning and walk-off hit in the 14th inning of middle game of series versus YSU ... went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double in first elimination game of HL Championship, a win over UIC May 9 ... again dominated Youngstown State on Championship Saturday May 11, combining to go 3-for-7 with three runs scored, an RBI, a walk and a double over the two Crusader wins ... went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Valpo's first-ever NCAA Tournament win, May 18 over Central Michigan.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Indians ... earned All-Region and All-Conference accolades in each of her final three seasons ... selected as Lake Central's Team MVP for her sophomore and senior seasons ... played for Bull Sox Academy 18U Gold squad in her final year of travel ball, which went to the ASA Gold Nationals.
Personal: Kaitlyn is the daughter of Rick and Dana Ranieri ... major is nursing.