Harker earned $7,500 award for postgraduate study from NCAA
Harker is one of two MVC nominees
Harker was first-team All-MVC and first-team Academic All-American in 2015
Harker will receive $5,000 scholarship from MVC
Senior outfielder held a 4.0 GPA and hit .361 in 2015
SIU vs. Indiana State, May 7, 2015 in MVC Tournament
Photos from SIU's game vs. Evansville at Charlotte West Stadium on April 22, 2015.
SIU vs. Bradley; March 15-16, 2015
SIU at Puerto Vallarta College Challenge; Feb. 26-28, 2015; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
SIU at CSU Tournament; Feb. 6-7, 2015
At Southern IllinoisCAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2015 / Senior
First-team Academic All-American ... MVC Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, which goes to the female student-athlete in the MVC who best exemplifies excellence both in competition and in the classroom ... Recipient of the $5,000 MVC Postgraduate Scholarship ... First-team All-MVC selection ... MVC All-Tournament Team selection ... First-team Academic All-District selection ... First-team MVC Scholar-Athlete ... Led MVC in batting average in conference play (.466), just the third player in SIU history to lead the league in average vs. MVC foes ... Led the league in batting average in conference play (.466) by 34 points ... Team-leading 14 multi-hit games ... Led the team in batting average (.361), doubles (12), on-base percentage (.432) and stolen bases (11) ... Hit .443 in the final 33 games of her career after moving to the No. 2 hole in the lineup ... Tied for the team lead with two triples ... In all games was top-10 in the MVC in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored, sac bunts and stolen bases ... In MVC play was in the top-10 in MVC in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits, triples, sac bunts and stolen bases ... Robbed a home run over the fence at Lipscomb ... Team captain....Earned the MVC President’s Council Academic Award, which requires a minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA
2014 / Junior
First-team MVC Scholar-Athlete selection
Played in 50 games and started 47 ... First-team MVC Scholar-Athlete team selection ... Eighth in the MVC in stolen bases ... Sixth in the MVC in sacrifice bunts ... Fourth in the MVC in average against LHP ... Fifth in the MVC in runners advanced ... Fourth on the team and 20th in the MVC in batting average ... Third on the team with 10 doubles ... Third on the team with 11 multi-hit games ... Second on the team with 10 sacrifice hits ... Hit .345 in home games and .468 as a leadoff hitter ... Hit .364 with runners in scoring position ... Committed only one error and had 92 putouts.
2013 / Sophomore
First-Team MVC Scholar-Athlete
Saw action in 39 games, making 35 starts in the outfield...posted a .288 batting average with 30 hits...scored 23 runs and drove in 18...posted 10 extra-base hits, including three home runs and six doubles...led the team with seven stolen bases on 10 attempts...ranked fourth on the team with eight multi-hit games...at one point had an eight-game hit streak...posted a career-best four RBI at Illinois State (March 30)...recorded 72 putouts and three assists in the outfield without a committing an error...missed the last three weeks of the season with a broken hand.
2012 / Freshman
Saw action in 46 games for the Salukis, making 27 starts...finished with a .244 batting average and a .308 slugging percentage...ranked third on the team with 13 stolen bases...posted 19 hits and 20 runs with seven RBI...set a new SIU record by drawing four walks in a game against Maryland (2/24)...recorded a 1.000 fielding percentage with 31 putouts.
At Lebanon High School
A four-time first team All-Sagamore Conference selection...held a batting average over .450 in each of her four years...as a senior held a .616 batting average with six doubles, six triples and 16 RBI while being named second team All-State, Indianapolis Star Super Team, a Wendy's Heisman state finalist and Indiana All-Star.
Full name is Kalyn Marie Harker...has three siblings...daughter of Larry and Teri Harker...majoring in biological sciences...born January 12, 1993 in Indianapolis, Ind.