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Callista Balko
Callista Balko


Tucson, Ariz.

High School:
Canyon del Oro





2008: Will break a UA record for putouts in a career...

2007: First-team all-Pacific Region ... All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention ... Caught every pitch of every game for the second straight year ... Tied for second on the team with 10 home runs and ranked fourth on the squad with 32 RBI ... WCWS: Only hit of series was a double in the title game of the Championship Series ... Threw out four of the nine potential base stealers ... Tucson Super Regional: Went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI and a three-run HR in Game 1 ... Tucson Regional: Had one hit in every game and batted .273 (3-for-11) ... Threw out 17 of 54 (31 percent) potential base stealers ... Had nine multi-hit games, including a three-hit contest in UA's 11-0 win over Pacific on March 16 ... Tallied eight multi-RBI games, including a pair of four-RBI contests (Feb. 17 win over Virginia, April 13 win over Stanford) ... Had five game-winning RBI, including a walk-off single in the first of three wins over Missouri ... Had two multi-home run games (Feb. 17 win over Virginia, Feb. 25 win over Texas A&M). Only other Wildcats with a multi-home run game were Sarah Akamine and Jenae Leles ... Went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases in Pac-10-opening win at Washington, which was the only multi-SB game of her career.

2006: All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention ... Starting catcher for all 65 games and caught every pitch of every inning for UA in 2006, roughly 1,637 batters, 434 innings and 690 putouts ... Batted .439 with seven home runs and 24 RBI in Arizona's 14-game winning streak from April 30 to May 26 ... Had at least one RBI in 12 of the last 16 games entering WCWS ... Women's College World Series: Batted .286 with three RBI in six WCWS games ... Drove in game-winning run in UA's 2-0 victory over Texas. That was Arizona's only hit of the game. Was previously 0-for-9 with nine strikeouts against Cat Osterman ... Hit .429 (3-for-7) in the final three games ... Tucson Super Regional: After going 1-for-3 with an RBI in Game 1, went hitless in back-to-back games for the first time since April ... Snapped a season-high seven-game hit streak in Game 2 ... Tucson Regional: Slugged 1.182 with a .455 batting average (5-for-11) in UA's three wins ... Four of her five hits went for extra bases ... Caught multiple games in a day 16 times ... After hitting a home run in Arizona's first game of the season against Cal State Northridge, Balko was hitless in the next eight games (22 straight at-bats) ... Hit .105 through UA's first 16 games of the year, then went on to hit .314 in the last 49 games ... Belted 13 home runs, nearly tripling her 2005 total of five ... First four home runs of Pac-10 play were all solo shots, last three were a grand slam and a pair of three-run home runs ... Had six multi-RBI games during Arizona's 10-game win streak to close out regular season ... Hit two home runs in first game of an April 30 doubleheader against Washington ... Batted .356 in Pac-10 play (second on team) after hitting .197 (last on team) in non-conference contests ... Threw out 13-of-35 (37 percent) potential base stealers ... Had two passed balls in 65 games behind the plate, after four in 33 games during 2005.

2005: Tied for third on the team with five home runs ... Only player other than Caitlin Lowe to triple in 2005 ... Of her 23 RBI on the season 18 came with two outs ... Started 33 games behind the plate, as well as 16 at second base ... Women's College World Series: Led the team with a .364 on-base percentage ... Only Wildcat to slug over .500 in the series (.556) ... Hit her final home run of the year in a win over California ... Super Regional: Drove a run home with a bases-loaded walk in game one ... Tucson Regional: Homered in a 12-0 win over Lehigh ... Snapped a 15 at-bat hitless streak with a two-run double in a 9-0 win over Oregon on April 29 ... Had a two-run double in an April 9 win over Oregon ... Hit safely in a stretch of 14 out of 15 games from Feb. 13 to March 14 ... Had at least one RBI over the course of six consecutive contests from Feb. 25 to March 12 ... One game after the streaks ended, she followed up by going 5-for-10 in the next three games ... Hit her first collegiate home run against UT-Chattanooga to invoke the mercy rule on Feb. 13.

High School: Canyon del Oro High School, Tucson, Ariz., 2004 ... Member of first-team all-state and all-city teams ... 2002 second-team All-American ... 2004 Canyon del Oro High School Female Athlete of the Year ... 2001 Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive softball player ... Varsity softball MVP 2002 and '03 ... Athlete-Scholar award winner 2004 ... Holds Canyon del Oro records for home runs, stolen bases and triples ... Member of 2001 Arizona state champion team ... Placed third in the state in 2002 and '03 ... Division champion in 2001, '02 and '03 ... 2001-02 Regional champion ... Member of honor roll and DECA.

Personal: Academic major is history with a business minor ... Wants to pursue a career in sports broadcasting ... Daughter of Scott and Vicki Balko ... Father is retired from the Navy, mother is a piano teacher ... Enjoys dancing, water sports, rock climbing, among other outdoor activities ... Born Callista Jo Balko on April 4, 1986.