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Kayleen Hudson
#20 Kayleen Hudson
Position: Outfielder
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
City/State: Northglenn, Colo.
High School: Northglenn
Experience: 1 Letter

2006 Finished the season with the team’s fourth leading batting average, improving from her career average of .252 to .293 in her junior season. She got off to a quick start, compiling a three-game hit streak to begin the season. Hudson hit her only triple of the season later in the week in a 2-for-2 performance against Utah State on February 17. Had her biggest offensive game of the season exactly a week later, when she drove in five runs on two hits, including a home run. She reached base in all four of her plate appearances in the game against Texas A&M. Her grand slam in the first inning of the game was the second of her career. In the second half of the double header, Hudson had two more hits and another home run, giving her a 4-for-6 day with two long balls and six RBI. Hudson’s go-ahead RBI single in the third inning of a 3-2 win against Loyola Marymount on March 3 began a ten-game hitting streak that lasted the rest of the month and was tied for the team best on the year. Her final hit of the streak may well have been the biggest -- a game-winning single to score Jenkins in the bottom half of the eighth inning against UAB March 28. Hudson had three multi-hit games, six runs, six RBI and another homer during that stretch. Her batting average soared from .324 to .369 by the streak’s end. Hudson’s fourth and final home run of the season came at Stanford in a 9-2 Duck victory. She followed that game up with two hits and two of her four steals on the season in a 2-0 win over Portland State. Hudson earned her tenth and final multi-hit game with two hits, including her fifth of six doubles on the year, against California on April 29. She finished the season second on the team in slugging percentage (.455) and third in on-base percentage (.362).

2005 Started 36 games as a sophomore, including four starts in postseason to finish the season with 10 consecutive starts. Opened the season by going 1-for-1 with two runs scored and an RBI vs. IPFW and finished the year on a high note as well, going 4-for-8 (.500) with two runs scored, four RBI and a home run at the NCAA Regional Tournament in Norman, Okla. Had at least one hit in all four postseason games and her solo home run to right field in the top of the fourth inning was key in a 3-2, must-win over Wichita State. Hudson’s offense was crucial the following day as she went 1-for-3 with tow RBI, a double and a run scored in a 3-1 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, which advanced to the Ducks to the regional championship game. Hit her first home run of the season in the second game of a doubleheader vs. Santa Clara on Apr. 11 and had her best Pac-10 offensive performance vs. Stanford May 6, going 2-for-3. Hit two doubles in a game vs. Portland State Apr. 20 and scored two runs in the win. Defensively, showed tremendous ability to make key throws from the outfield and had just two errors all season. On May 13, accounted for one of just two hits vs. the Huskies, going 1-for-3 in the game.

2004 After three senior outfielders departed following the 2003 season, the opportunity for Hudson to step in as a starter in 2004 presented itself and when it did, Hudson rose to the challenge and became a 54 game starter for the Ducks. She played all three positions during the year, making 32 starts in right field, 15 starts in center field and seven in left field. In Oregon’s fall exhibition games, Hudson showed signs of what was to come during the regular season, hitting .444 with six runs scored, three home runs, seven RBI and a 1.444 slugging percentage. Her offseason performance carried over to the start of Oregon’s preseason schedule and Hudson hit .333 with two runs scored and an RBI in the Ducks’ first tournament of the season. Hudson’s first highlight of the season, however, came Feb. 20 when she hit an RBI single down the left field line to lift the Ducks to a 1-0 win over then-No. 14 Fresno State and All-American pitcher Jamie Southern. A week later, Hudson exploited Southern Mississippi’s pitching staff, going 4-for-6 (.666) with three runs scored, five RBI and her first home run of the season. By the end of the first month of the season, Hudson had an impressive freshman campaign going, but as she continued to prove, she still had more to offer. At the UNLV Tournament Mar. 12-13, Hudson hit three home runs including two in one game vs. Jacksonville and drove in five runs and also scored five runs. As the conference season opened, Hudson was still peaking and eventually earned Pac-10 player of the week honors after she led Oregon to a 4-1 record during the week of Mar. 23-27, including a victory over then-No. 16 Oregon State in the Pac-10 opener for both schools. In a two-game sweep of Kansas on Mar. 23 and Mar. 24, Hudson was 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a home run. Later in the week against the Beavers, Hudson was 1-for-3 as the Ducks took the Conference opener from the Beavers in a late-inning come from behind victory. To close the week, Hudson was 3-for-6 in the doubleheader against Utah State on Mar. 27, driving in two runs, and scoring another two. She hit her second home run of the week in the first game against the Aggies. For the week, Hudson scored three runs, drove in four and was 6-for-13 (.462) with two home runs and a .923 slugging percentage. After that impressive week, Hudson was leading the team with a .377 average. She finished the season leading all freshman in average (.261), runs (23), hits (36), home runs (6) and RBI (22). Defensively, Hudson committed just one error in 57 games played.

High School Lettered four years in softball and basketball and one year in track. Earned first-team all-state as well as first-team all-Colorado her senior season. Won the state batting title with a .653 average in 2003 en route to earning first-team all-conference accolades as well as being named Northglenn High School’s Female Athlete of the Year. Also earned all-conference honors as a high jumper. As a junior, Hudson was a first-team all-conference honoree and the 5A league’s most valuable player. Was a second-team all-conference selection in both her freshman and sophomore seasons and was a second-team all-conference in basketball her junior year.

Personal Mother is Debbie Hudson. One sister, Lindsey.

INTERESTING QUACKS

Advice to youngsters: Play every game like its your last

Favorite snack: Pazzooki

Favorite professional athlete: John Elway

Dream vacation spot: Hawaii

Best US City: Denver

 

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