One of the best third basemen in the game, Krista Donnenwirth lines up for her final season as a Sun Devil after three seasons that easily place her in contention with some of the best ASU has ever seen. A career .328 hitter, she has 26 doubles and 29 home runs to her name, placing her seventh all-time in ASU career history. Her 146 RBIs also notch her a career list as she's currently sixth all-time in ASU history. A dominant threat at the plate, opposing pitchers choose to pitch around her on several occasions as she's an ever imminent RBI threat. Another phenomenal trait that Donnenwirth brings to the table is her quick glove and lightning-fast release as she holds a .955 fielding percentage holding down the hot corner at third base. Wrapping up the 2010 season, Krista was honored again with an Honorable Mention on the All Pac-10 team as well as being named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team.
Krista also posted a phenomenal freshman season in 2008 which saw her named an NFCA Third-Team All-American, First-Team All Pac-10 and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. While her defensive work at the hot corner at third was a highlight of the Devil D, her offensive prowess at the plate is what made her a feared brand name across the country. Hitting .354 on the 2008 season, Krista launched 15 home runs on the season to tie the fourth highest ASU single-season record. Krista also scored 37 runs on the year for 75 hits, good for sixth all-time in ASU single-season records. Her .636 slugging percentage struck fear in pitchers as she also put 14 doubles on her tab as well throughout the season. While launching a home run at the World Series to edge Texas A&M in game one of the championship series was a highlight for Donnenwirth she also hit two longballs against Arizona on April 19 to help seal a sweep of the Wildcats for the first time in 20 years.
Donnenwirth hails from Mission Viejo, Calif., where she was a letterwinner in both softball and basketball, both of which teams she captained in her high school career. While a member of the Capistrano Valley Cougars softball squad, Krista was named First Team All-CIF, South Coast All-League and League MVP. A menace at the plate, Krista hit .508 in her junior season and .447 in her senior season as well at hitting .750 at Gold Nationals, which she lists as her most exciting sports moment. No slacker in the classroom, Krista was also named to her high schools Honor Roll throughout her four years. The California native is a Psychology and Dietetics major, was born on June 12, 1989 in Torrance, Calif. to Bill (sales rep) and Sarah (dental hygienist) Donnenwirth of Mission Viejo, Calif. She has one older brother, Dana (22) and her full name is Krista Lynn Donnenwirth.
At the plate with Krista Donnenwirth:
The best part about the 2011 ASU Softball team will be... winning
If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be... John Wooden
The most interesting thing I did this summer was... Visit family in California
If I could live anywhere, I would live in... Colorado
My advice to youngsters would be... Dream big and stay positive
My favorite television show growing up was... Boy Meets World
The best book I ever read was... The Secret
My most prized possession is... My chihuahua 'Kody'
My favorite restaurant is... Mimi's
What it means to be a Sun Devil... Work hard and win
My ideal job would be... Registered Dietician
Something most people don't know about me is... I will be rich
My strengths are... being grateful for my life
My weaknesses are... Weightlifting
My favorite quote is... "Why not enjoy the little things... there are so many of them"
The greatest softball player of all-time is... Jennie Finch
My favorite song to get pumped up to is... Anything from Lil' Wayne
True or False: I would wear one of Lady Gaga's outfits to class: True
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