Belshe Signs With Texas Tech For Upcoming 2014 Season|
Shanon Hays signed the eighth JUCO All-American in his tenure Tuesday with Kristi Belshe.
Dec. 10, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech softball coach Shanon Hays announced Tuesday the signing of junior-college prospect Kristi Belshe to a financial aid agreement for the upcoming 2014 season.
Belshe, who led the NJCAA with a .590 batting average last season at Lake Land College in Illinois, will enroll at Tech next month and be with the Red Raiders when preseason practices begin on Jan. 12. She will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"We're fortunate to add a hitter with Kristi's ability to our roster for this upcoming season," Hays said. "She had the best batting average in the nation last year and will give us a quality bat at the top of our lineup. Kristi is a player we came across early last year and we were really excited when she decided to become a Red Raider."
Belshe will become the first Red Raider to ever hail from the state of Hawaii when she joins the program next month. The Honolulu native will see action behind the plate as well as in the outfield.
Most importantly, Belshe will provide Tech with an experienced bat in its lineup as she led the country with 111 hits in 2013, 45 of which that went for extra bases. Belshe also finished third nationally with 26 doubles, 94 runs scored and a 1.005 slugging percentage.
Belshe recorded the nation's top on-base percentage (.645) for a Lake Land team that went 52-7 overall and finished fifth in the NJCAA National Tournament. She added 63 RBI from the top of the lineup and went 21-for-23 in stolen base attempts.
The performance earned her All-American honors by both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the NJCAA, making her the eighth signee during Hays' tenure to garner All-American accolades prior to joining the program. She picked up NFCA All-Region honors as well.
Belshe's sophomore season followed an impressive collegiate debut in 2012 where she hit .371 with 13 doubles, eight triples and a pair of home runs. She drove in 32 runs while coming across to score 33 times despite missing part of the season due to injury.
The Red Raiders will open the 2014 season on Feb. 6 at the Lion Classic held in Hammond, La. Tech will open the four-day event with host Southeastern Louisiana.