Penn State pulls its first upset over a ranked opponent in nearly a year and is off to its best start in five years
2014 (FRESHMAN YEAR) Started 25 of 30 games played in the infield, as the designated player, pinch running or pinch hitting ... Batted .197 (15-for-76) ... Drove in 13 runners ... Had a two-run homer and an RBI-single against Seattle University (Feb. 9) ... Against Ohio State (Apr. 23), blasted a solo homer in her lone at bat ... Registered four doubles on the season ... Posted five RBI during the Michigan State series, (Apr. 4-6) ... Recorded a season long seven-game hit streak from Feb. 9 - Mar. 14 ... Turned five double plays, a team-high, while posting a .987 fielding percentage.
BEFORE PENN STATE Named first team All-Foothill League as a junior and senior ... Earned Los Angeles Daily News second team All-Area accolades for her efforts during her junior and senior seasons ... Named the offensive and team MVP her senior year ... Led Valencia in home runs and RBIs throughout her career with 22 and 75, respectively ... As a sophomore, helped lead her team to the CIF Southern Section semifinals and the Michelle Carew Tournament championship before being selected to the Stu Penter Classic All-Tournament Team ... Assisted Valencia, coached by Donna Lee, to victory at the 2011 Tournament of Champions in Bullhead City, Ariz. ... Selected to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal second team in 2011 and 2012 ... Voted team captain of the Valencia Vikings in 2012 and 2013 and co-captain of the So Cal Choppers travel team ... Played alongside current Penn Stater Mollie Sorensen and former Nittany Lion Karlie Habitz with the Choppers ... Earned one varsity letter in basketball.
PERSONAL Full name is Kristina Marie Brackpool ... Born Feb. 6, 1995 in Santa Clarita, Calif. ... Parents are Chris and Ana Brackpool ... Has one sister, Andrea, who plays softball at California Lutheran University ... Majoring in kinesiology and hopes to pursue a career in medicine.