2013: All-Big 12 Second Team; Big 12 Pitcher of the Week (April 9; May 7); Team Co-Freshman of the Year
2013 (Freshman Season)
Named to the All-Big 12 Second Team… Made 17 starts and 26 appearances in the circle… Finished the year 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA… Led the staff with a 7-3 record and a 2.22 ERA in conference play, the most Big 12 wins by a Kansas pitcher since 2001 (Kara Pierce, 7-5) and the best ERA in league play since 2006 (Settlemier: 0.83; Humphreys: 1.06)… Threw the 23rd no-hitter in program history at Texas Tech (4/7)… One of two pitchers in the country to shutout No. 1 Oklahoma (5/5), leading KU to its first win over a top-ranked opponent… Picked up her first career win after pitching 5.2 innings and striking out nine batters against Georgetown (2/9)… Pitched four scoreless innings to claim her second win of the season against Indiana State (2/15)… Pitched five innings in a win at Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2/22)… Tossed a five-inning shutout and struck out 11 against North Carolina A&T (3/1)… Pitched five scoreless innings and struck out nine against Eastern Michigan (3/8)… Tied a Kansas single-game record with 14 Sacramento State (3/17)… Pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits in seven innings at Texas Tech (4/6) to get her sixth win of the season… Continued her dominance against the Red Raiders in the series finale (4/7), when she tossed a no-hitter and struck out eight to get her seventh win of the season… Pitched all seven innings in the second game of a doubleheader with No. 14 Baylor (4/27) and didn’t allow an earned run to get her eighth win of the year… Threw a complete game shutout against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners (5/5) in the second game of a doubleheader for her ninth win of the year… Was credited with wins in all three games of the Iowa State series (5/10-12), bringing her season total to 12.
Lettered four times at Blue Springs High in Blue Springs, Mo. under coach Jim Brandner… As a freshman was All-State, Metro, Region, Conference, Area and District, KMBC Athlete of the week, ESPN Rise National Female Player of the Week, named to ESPN Rise[apos]s [quote]Nine to Watch[quote] list, Examiner Player of the Year, Team MVP, broke state records for single-season winning percentage, wins in a season and RBIs in a championship game… Eight no-hitters, three perfect games, 19 shutouts and was 30-0 as a freshman… Team finished 31-0 on the season… In her sophomore year she was All-State, Metro, Region, Conference, Area and District… Finished 18-4 on the season, threw a no-hitter and led the team to a 22-5 record… As a junior, was All-State, Metro, Region, Conference, Area and District… Team MVP for the second time and was 24-2 with three no-hitters to lead her team to a 26-2 record… As a senior she was All-State, Metro, Region, Conference, Area and District… She is the first athlete in school history to be All-State for four years… She set the Missouri record for career wins (93).
Played four years for KC Peppers Eakin under Head Coach Dan Eakin.
Born Kelsey Lynn Kessler… Daughter of Robert and Lanette Kessler… three cousins Holly, Brandi and Michelle play softball for Truman State, MSSU and Avila, respectively… Undecided on a major.