Updated: May 19, 2013
2013: Missed the last 35 games due to a back injury … Was having another big year before the injury … Played in and started 24 games … Batted .304 with six doubles, two triples and two home runs … Drove in 15 runs and scored six runs … Drew nine walks … Had eight multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games.
2012: A second-team NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region selection … Named to the 2012 ACC All-Tournament Team … A first-team all-state selection by VaSID … Started all 63 games as a freshman, 58 at third base, three at designated player and two at catcher … Led the team with nine home runs and 45 RBIs … Hit .283 on the season with eight doubles and scored 25 runs … Drew 16 walks and struck out just 14 times … Was hit seven times … Had three sacrifice flies … Had 13 multi-hit games and led the team with 13 multi-RBI games … A member of the 2012 All-ACC Academic Softball Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
High School: Played at Kell High for Coach Lindsay Faber … The Gatorade Georgia Softball Player of the Year as a senior … A two-time first-team all-state selection who was named the Georgia Class AAAA state player of the year as a senior … As a senior, led her team with a .532 batting average, recording 11 home runs, 26 runs, 24 walks and 37 RBI … As a junior, was also a first-team all-state selection after batting .577 with 10 home runs, 43 RBI, 12 doubles and 26 walks … The .577 average is the third-highest in state history … The 2009 and 2010 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Softball Player of the Year … Also named first-team all-region, earning player of the year accolades … Was second-team all-state as a sophomore … A four-time member of the all-region squad and a three-time member of the all-county team … Had 37 career home runs.
Personal: Kelsey Leigh Mericka … Born January 7, 1993 in Kennesaw, GA … Dughter of Jacqueline Mericka-Brand and the late Michael Mericka … Has an older sister, Jaime, and two younger sisters, Kendall and Chloe … Majoring in engineering.