18th-straight year at least two Salukis have made MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team
SIU returns key pieces, will try to replace five starters
Six of 17 earn perfect 4.0
Ten players earn All-America Scholar Athlete honors from NFCA
Will lead squad for 2015 season
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 Illinois
2015 / Junior
Played in all 48 games and started 47 ... Started at both shortstop and second base ... Honorable mention MVC Scholar-Athlete ... Fourth on the team with a .286 batting average ... Reached in the final 18 games of the season, the longest stretch on the team in 2015 ... Hit in 12 of the final 13 games of the season, including seven-straight to close the year ... Posted eight multi-hit games, including a team-best four three-hit games (vs. NEV, vs. BU x2, at SEMO) ... Hit .302 and reached at a .404 clip after moving to the leadoff spot in the batting order vs. Lipscomb ... Ninth in the MVC in walks drawn per game ... Reached in 27 of 33 games when batting leadoff ... Went 6-for-7 stealing bases ... Team captain....Earned the MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award
2014 / Sophomore
First-team MVC Scholar-Athlete team selection
MVC Player of the Week (4/28)
Played in 51 games and started 47 ... MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection ... Led the MVC and ranked sixth nationally in sacrifice flies ... Led the MVC in average vs. LHP at .500 ... Ranked fifth in the MVC in runners advanced and 10th in runs per game ... Ranked seventh in the MVC in assists ... Ranked third on the team and 14th in the MVC with a .328 average ... Ranked among the top three on the team in hits, batting average, slugging percentage ... Second on the team with 12 multi-hit games ... Third on the team with eight multi-RBI games ... Went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and four runs scored in a game two win at Wichita State (4/26) ... Earned MVC Player of the Week honors (4/28) after slugging .933 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in the week of SIU's series win over Wichita State ... Went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored vs. UT-Martin (4/24) ... Had an eight-game hitting streak from the last game vs. Illinois State (4/6) through the first game vs. Loyola (4/18).
2013 / Freshman
Started all 52 games for the Salukis at shortstop...hit .210 with 29 hits, 23 runs scored and 20 RBI...also drew 23 walks...recorded 106 putouts and 96 assists in the field...went 3-for-4 from the plate March 29 against Illinois State.
At Naperville Central High School
Played varsity all four seasons...earned Second-Team All-State honors senior season...named All-Conference all four seasons and team MVC three times...was a part of two regional championship teams and a Redhawks squad that finished fourth at the state finals in 2009...also named Academic All-Conference all four seasons.
Full name is Kelsey Rae Gonzalez...daughter of Mark and Joni Gonzalez...majoring in sport administration...has two sisters...high school teammate of fellow Saluki Alyssa Wunderlich...born Feb. 12, 1994.