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Gibault grad earns Missouri Valley Conference Softball Player of the Week honor

Bradley University junior and Gibault grad Kelly Kappy is the MVC Softball Player of the Week
Bradley University junior and Gibault grad Kelly Kappy is the MVC Softball Player of the Week

Bradley University junior outfielder Kelly Kapp, a Gibault High graduate from Freeburg, has been named Missouri Valley Conference Softball Player of the Week.

Kapp hit .684 (13-for-19) for the Braves at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial in Kennesaw, Ga. The speedy leadoff hitter had multiple hits in all five games, including five consecutive hits at one point, as she raised her season average to .611 through 10 games. Kapp scored eight runs during the weekend, boasting an impressive .700 on base percentage and getting on base to lead off an inning 71 percent of the time.

Through 10 games, she is second in the MVC with a .611 batting average and leads the conference in hits (22) and stolen bases (10). Kapp is second in the conference in runs (12) and her .632 on base percentage is third.

Kapp also collected five stolen bases on five attempts to push her league-leading season total to 10.

Kapp opened the week with a 2-for-4 effort with three runs and a stolen base against Morehead State. In Saturday’s doubleheader at Kennesaw State, she was 6-for-7 with three runs and three stolen bases as she followed up a 2-for-3 along with a stolen base in a 1-0 loss to the Owls with a 4-for-4 effort with three runs and two steals to lead Bradley to a 6-1 victory as the Braves snapped a six-game Kennesaw St. win streak.

Kapp helped highlight a 9-8 win over Bowling Green Sunday morning by going 3-for-4 with one run and a steal before capping the weekend with a 2-for-4 outing with a run vs. Rutgers later that day.

Last season, Kapp led the MVC in hits (76) and stolen bases (31) to become just the second player in league history with 75 hits and 30 steals in a season. Her .386 batting average was the highest at Bradley since 1995.

Kapp is now fifth in school history 42 career stolen bases.

She has multiple hits in nine of 10 games this season and 14 of the last 16 overall dating back to last season, hitting 39-for-66 (.591) with 23 runs and 19 stolen bases during that 16-game span.

Bradley softball is back in action this weekend at the Renegade Classic in Tallahassee, Fla., opening tournament play at 11 a.m. Friday against Alabama-Birmingham.

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