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#13 Kaitlin Vitek
Position: Catcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
City/State: Valencia, Calif.
High School: William S. Hart
Club: Synergy/American Pastime
Experience: High School
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
• One of two senior catchers that have handled all the Ducks' starts behind the plate the last two seasons.
• As a junior, started +20 games for the second straight season, and played catcher and designated player.
• As a sophomore, split time between catcher and third base, and was tapped for 27 starts.
• As a freshman, was one of team's top newcomers and played in 23 games and started six contests.
• Was tabbed a Pac-10 First-Team All-Academic honoree twice, and is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative.

 

2010 SEASON (Senior)
Started 24 games — 14 at catcher and 10 at designated player — including four postseason games. Logged career highs in batting (.225), hits (16), RBI (5) and walks (11). Launched game-winning homer in 1-0 win over then-No. 13 Cal to help Ducks sweep season series for the first time in school history, and hit .667 in the three-game set (4-for-6). Claimed first game-winning RBI of season on fourth-inning sacrifice fly in 2-0 win over frequent NCAA tourney qualifier Cal Poly. Enjoyed three, two-hit games at Portland State (2-for-3) and in home wins over Idaho State (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and then-No. 13 California (2-for-3, double). During 10-game spring break home stand, started six games, played eight, and hit .294 (5-for-17, 2 RBI). In the field, logged a .993 fielding mark (128 putouts, 5 assists). Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honoree.

2010 Season Highs
Hits: 2, Four times (most recent vs #13 Cal (4/11/10))
Home runs: 1, vs #13 California (4/10/10)
Total bases: 4, vs California (4/11/10)
RBI: 2, vs Idaho State (3/26/10)
Walks: 3, at #9 Arizona State (4/25/10))


2009 SEASON (Sophomore)
After key losses to graduation at third base and catcher, boosted Ducks with career-high 27 starts. Tied for team high in starts at catcher (25), with other two starts at third base the second week of the season. Showed one of team's more powerful bats, and ranked fifth on team in doubles (4) at season's end. At the Louisville Slugger Classic in Las Vegas, socked first collegiate homer vs. Kentucky for first hit of season and help start a five-run rally that turned a 10-1 deficit into a scant 10-9 margin an inning later. Launched another homer vs. No. 3 UCLA in mid-April. The next day, lined her first two career doubles vs. Hawaii (2-for-3). Had a career-high three-hit performance vs. UC Davis (3-for-3, 1 run, 1 double, 1 RBI) in San Diego Classic finale, while the day before, collected a career-high two walks vs. No. 12 Missouri in San Diego Classic. Behind the plate, threw out four runners over course of slate, and overall had a .973 fielding percentage (169 putouts, 12 assists, 5 errors).

2009 Season Highs
Runs scored: 1 - Three times (most recent vs #3 UCLA (4/18/09))
Hits: 3 - vs UC Davis (3/01/09)
RBIs: 1 - Three times(most recent vs #3 UCLA (4/18/09))
Doubles: 2 - vs Hawai’i (2/14/09)
Home runs: 1 - Twice (most recently vs #3 UCLA (4/18/09))
Total bases: 5 - vs Kentucky (2/13/09)
Walks: 2 - Twice (most recent vs PSU (3/11/09))


2008 SEASON (Freshman)
Was one of two freshman additions behind the plate with Ashley Kivett. Had pinch hits in at-bats at No. 1 UCLA and UNLV and at home vs. No. 8 Stanford. Started three Pac-10 games the final two weeks of the season vs. No. 22 California and No. 24 Washington, and played seven games vs. Pac-10 foes. Banged out first conference season hit in appearance at No. 1 UCLA. Made first collegiate start as designated player vs. Northwestern, and made first start at catcher vs. San Diego. Also started against Portland State. Played in two of Oregon’s four postseason games and logged at-bats vs. Arkansas and Oklahoma.

2008 Season Highs
Hits: 1, Three times (last vs Stanford (5/2/08)
Total bases: 1, Three times (last vs Stanford (5/2/08)
Walks: 1, vs Washington (5/9/08)

 

Prep: Lettered as a catcher and third baseman for the CIF South Section runner-up squad. Also lettered in volleyball as a right side hitter and defensive specialist. Off the field, was a National Honor Society selection and graduated with AP honors with distinction. She won the academic scholar award and had a 4.0 grade point average or higher her freshman year on. High School (Coach): William S. Hart '07 (Steve Calendo).

Personal: Human Physiology major. Her grandfather Paul Vitek played football for Columbia, then coached and served as an assistant athletic director at Rutgers.

 

CAREER STATS
Year  Avg  GP GS  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO  OB% SF-SH SB-AT PO  A FLD%
2008  .091 23  6  33  0  3  0  0  0  0   3 .091  1  0  20 .118  0-0  0-0   15  0 1.000
2009  .149 34 27  67  3 10  4  0  2  3  20 .299 10  3  25 .288  0-0  0-0  169 12 .973
2010  .225 39 24  71  7 16  1  0  1  5  20 .282 11  3  14 .349  1-2  0-0  128  5 .993
TOTAL .170 96 57 171 10 29  5  0  3  8  43 .251 22  6  59 .285  1-2  0-0  312 17 .982


CAREER GAME HIGHS
Runs scored: 2, vs Idaho State (3/26/10)
Hits: 3, vs UC Davis (3/01/09)
RBIs: 2, vs Idaho State (3/26/10)
Doubles: 2, vs Hawai’i (2/14/09)
Home runs: 1, Twice (most recent vs #13 California (4/10/10))

 

FUN FACTS
Nickname(s): V-Tech, V-Neck
Favorite Color: Blue.
Favorite Stuffed Animal: Polar Bear from the San Diego Zoo.
Pets Growing Up: Dog - Roxy, Cats - Gonzo & Gizmo.
If I got a Tatoo, it Would be of: I have one, a lady bug on my foot because my childhood nickname was 'Bug', and my second tattoo is TBA.
Favorite Saying/Motto: "It's better to be hated for what you are, than loved for what you are not."
Favorite Pro Team: New York Yankees.
Favorite Elite Softball Player: Nicole Giordano.
If I didn't play softball, I would compete in: Swimming - butterfly stroke.
If I could go back in time, I'd go to: Ancient Greece, as royalty of course!
Greatest Accomplishment: Becoming a person my parents can be proud of.
Something Most People Don't Know About Me: I can paint (oil paintings and watercolors).
Personal Hero: Gazelle d'Artois - cancer survivor and amazing human being.
When I was a Little Kid I Wanted to be an: ER Doctor, thanks to the show ER.
Favorite College Class: Anatomy Cadaver Lab.
Intended Career Profession: Orthopedic Surgery.
If I Could Have Dinner With Anybody: Derek Jeter.
I'd Die Without My: iPod Touch.
First Car: 1999 Acura 2.3CL.
Favorite Place I've Visited: New York City, especially at Christmas.
Favorite Place I'd Like to Travel to: Europe - ALL of it!
Favorite Place on Campus: The windows at the EMU Fishbowl.
Favorite Place to take Visitors to Eugene: The walk to Autzen Stadium over the Willamette River.
Favorite Entree/Dish: Chicken Parmesan.
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip.
Favorite Snack: String Cheese & Wheat Thins
Favorite Pizza Toppings: Hawaiian style.
Favorite Drink: Mountain Dew & coffee.
Type of Food: Mexican.
Best Dish I Can Make: Sausage Jambalaya.
Favorite Movie: Billy Madison.
Favorite Actor: George Clooney.
Favorite TV Comedy: Friends.
Favorite TV Drama:Gossip Girl & Grey's Anatomy.
Favorite TV Reality Show: Rob & Big Show.
Favorite Cartoon Character: Lisa Simpson.
Favorite Singer or Band/CD: John Mayer.
Favorite Karaoke Song: "Friends In Low Places" - Garth Brooks.
Favorite Book: A Time to Kill by John Grisham.
Favorite Board Game: Clue.
Favorite Video Game: Mario Cart.
Special Item I Have to Travel With: The guardian angel coin my dad gave me before I left for college.
Coolest Howe Field Moment: Senior Day and watching my teammates leave everything on the field for the seniors that have become a second family.
First Athletic Award When You Were a Little Kid: Most Improved Player.
Biggest Fan: My parents.
Most Embarrassing Athletic Moment: Attempting to clear the high jump during the team's  Fall 2008 Amazing Race and failing miserably - I fell flat on my face in front of the entire track team, and most importantly Coach Pick.

 

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