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App State Softball BIO
23 Cara Parker

2016: Was the Mountaineer’s leading lady racking up 56 appearances and 56 starts (tied for first) and was responsible for the best batting average on the team (.346) … totaled 38 runs, 54 hits, 11 doubles, 12 home runs, 45 RBI, 26 walks, two hit by pitches and 33 strikeouts in 156 at-bats (fifth) … was App State’s main powerhouse owning the best slugging percentage (.647) with 101 total bases … in the infield, she fielded .943 and dished out 87 putouts, 79 assists and 10 errors in 176 chances … led the team in eight categories including batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage (.446), runs scored, hits (tied at 54), RBI, home runs, and total bases … smacked three hits on five different occasions and produced some of her best performances on Mar. 19 (three runs, three hits and a season-high of five RBI) and Feb. 28 (two scored runs, three hits, three RBI, one double and one home run) … ended the season with a six-game hitting streak (tied for fourth) spanning from Apr. 30 to May 8 ... broke into six of App State's top-ten single season record lists (slugging percentage, total bases, base on balls, runs scored, hits and doubles).

2015: Didn't have quite the same success as a sophomore as she appeared and started in 48 games (both were tied for fourth on the team) with a .246 batting average that included 30 hits in 122 at-bats (fifth) ... notched 20 runs scored (tied for fourth), five doubles (tied for fourth), one triple (tied for second), eight home runs (second), 25 RBI (third), 14 walks (tied for third), three hit by pitches (tied for third), and one stolen base in two attempts ... fielded .892 in 194 chances (second) with 68 putouts (fifth), 105 assists (first) and 21 errors ... her .500 slugging percentage was good for a tie for third on the team with Sarah Warnock ... accumulated 61 total bases and that total was fourth among Mountaineers ... had a big day in the season opener against UAB on Feb. 6 in which she was 1-for-2 with one run scored, four RBI, a bomb, and one walk ... had two hits in a game on six different occasions ... in her third-to-last game against ETSU, she sent two over the wall and was 2-of-5 with two runs and three RBI ... those two games were two of three in which she brought in at least three runs.

2014: Appeared and started 48 games for the Mountaineers last season ... garnered all-freshman team honors from the Southern Conference after registering one of the best seasons by a freshman in program history ... finished fifth on the team with a .311 batting average ... led the Apps in doubles (9), triples (2), home runs (10), RBI (29), walks (19) and .659 slugging percentage ... hit first career home run in a 2-for-3 performance in a 10-4 rout of ACC member Syracuse (Mar. 14) ... drove in a career-high four runs while hitting 2-for-3 with a home run in a 7-5 win over N.C. Central (Apr. 2) ... first career multi-homer game came in a 5-3 win at Furman to close the regular season - finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and three RBI (May 4) ... currently carries the fourth-highest individual season slugging percentage (..630), tied for 10th in season doubles (9), tied for 5th in season triples (2), tied for 3rd in season homers and also tied for eighth all-time for career dingers (10).

High School: Prepped at Lowndes High School ... named all-region and all-state during her junior and senior seasons ... won the MVP award during her freshmen, sophomore and senior seasons ... recorded a .422 batting average, 6 homeruns and 28 RBI during her senior year.

Personal: Full name is Cara Elizabeth Parker ... daughter of Cathy and Carl Parker ... born Aug. 4, 1995 ... father, Carl, played in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals 1988 AFC championship team ... brother, Kyle, was the quarterback at Clemson and also played baseball ... he was the first round draft pick in 2010 for the Colorado Rockies and is currently listed on the Rockies’ 40-man roster ... brother, Kendel, currently plays football at UNC Charlotte.

Position: Infield
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Valdosta, Ga.
High School: Lowndes
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