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Mackenzie Vandergeest
Mackenzie Vandergeest


Newbury Park Calif.

High School:
LaReina HS





Arizona - 2004: Hit .600 in preseason exhibition play, tying Jackie Coburn for the team lead... Scored one run on six hits, including a three-run homer and three doubles... Drove in 10 runs and had a slugging percentage of 1.200... Led the team in putouts with 54.

2003: Started all 63 games behind the plate for the Cats, racking up 502 putouts... Hit .260, scoring 47 runs on 47 hits... Knocked 13 home runs, including three grand slams versus Sam Houston State on Jan. 31, Columbia on March 7, and Colorado State on May 15... Drove in 69 runs... Led all Wildcat starters with a .994 fielding percentage... Led the Cats in RBIs in the NCAA tournament with 11, helping her earn all-region honors... Earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors... Had a five-game hitting streak from Feb. 22 through March 1, going 9 for 15 with three home runs and 11 RBI... Had a six-game hitting streak from April 25 through May 4, going 9 for 22 with three homers and 11 RBI... Was named to the 2003 Summer USA Elite team, which won the Canada Cup Tournament... Member of Team Smith, which won the Women's Nationals Tournament... Summer 2003 first-team All-American at Women's Nationals.

2002: Had an impressive season as catcher... Moved to No. 1 on the UA record charts with 577 putouts, in part due to a record-setting strikeout season by All-American Jennie Finch... All-region honors and second-team All-Pac-10 selection... Knocked out 12 home runs, including three grand slams... Her .327 batting average in Pac-10 play was second on the team... Opened the season with a six-game hitting streak, going 7-for-16 with nine runs and nine RBI... Tied for the team lead with a .355 batting average in nine NCAA games... Was named to the USA National Team for summer play in 2002 along with teammate Lovie Jung.

2001: Started the year in right field, only occasionally playing behind the plate... Earned All-NCAA Regional honors and second-team All-Pac-10 selection... Had a pair of 11-game hitting streaks in February and early March, earning her a regular role on the team... One streak saw her go 22-for-36 (.611), in which she had eight multiple-hit games, including a season-best 4-for-4 versus Oklahoma State... Drove in a season-high six runs with a double and a homer against Pacific... Slammed 20 home runs among 33 extra-base hits... Lead-off home run at the College World Series in the top of the seventh tied the game against defending champs Oklahoma, helping the Cats win in eight innings.

High School: La Reina High School, Newbury Park, Calif., 2000... Voted 1997 Los Angeles Times All-Ventura Team Catcher... Team Outstanding Offensive Player... 1998 Daily News All-Area Team... Small Schools Player of the Year... Team MVP... 1999 LA Times All Ventura Team Catcher... Team Outstanding Defensive Player... Inducted into Ventura Hall of Fame for Athletes... 2000 MVP of Tri-Valley League... Daily News Player of the Year... Small Schools MVP... City of Thousand Oaks Honoree for Volunteer Services... Athletic Ambassador for the city of Thousand Oaks.

Personal: Academic major is physical education... Daughter of John and Kelly Vandergeest... Father is a landscape contractor, and mother is a homemaker... Has one brother, Wyatt, and one sister, Chelsea... Uncle Larry Yount was a pitcher for the Houston Astros... Uncle Robin Yount is in the Baseball Hall of Fame... Wants to be a firefighter and a softball coach.