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#52 Kirby Wright
Position: Catcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
City/State: Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
High School: Hendrick Hudson
Club: New Jersey Breakers

Career Honors & Awards

  • Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)
  • Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll Selection

Career Capsule
Kirby Wright embraced and epitomized the role of team player during her four seasons at Nebraska. Wright served as Nebraska's backup catcher in each of her four seasons, having the unfortunate timing of playing behind three different all-conference catchers in her career, including one All-American. Despite a lack of playing time, Wright always placed the team first and spent countless hours in the bullpen helping develop Nebraska's pitching staff, which included classmate Ashley Hagemann who was a two-time all-conference and all-region performer, who ended her career as Nebraska's all-time strikeout leader.

Wright appeared in 67 games in her career, including 42 starts, 38 of which came behind the plate. Wright posted a .186 career batting average with four doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs and 20 walks. She had a knack for getting on base, as she posted a .333 career on-base percentage, including a .462 mark as a senior. Defensively, she posted a .982 career fielding percentage.

Following the completion of her playing career, the Nebraska coaching staff felt compelled to recognize Wright's contributions to the program. At the 2012 end-of-year banquet, the coaching staff announced that the annual Nebraska softball coaches' award would be renamed the Wright-Borg Coaches Award, in honor of Kirby Wright and former Husker Jaime Borg, who also excelled in a team-first role during her career.

Away from the field, Wright was honored for continued improvement in the classroom. She was an academic All-Big Ten honoree as a senior, after previously being honored for posting one of the nation's most improved grade-point averages.

Senior Season [2012]
Wright made 14 appearances and 10 starts as a senior. Each of her 10 starts came behind the plate, and Wright started three of Nebraska final four games at catcher. Although she batted only .125 on the year, Wright drew five walks to post an impressive .462 on-base percentage in limited action. Despite totaling the fewest at bats of her career, Wright scored three runs, one shy of her career high. Defensively, Wright posted a .952 fielding percentage.

Off the field, Wright earned academic All-Big Ten honors.

Junior Season [2011]
Wright served as Nebraska’s No. 2 catcher for the third straight season in 2011. As a junior, Wright worked behind the third different all-conference catcher of her career, as freshman Taylor Edwards also became the first Husker catcher to be named an All-American. Wright made five starts at catcher and one start as the designated player. She also made six appearances as a defensive replacement behind the plate.

Wright was 2-for-13 in her junior season, with both hits being doubles. Despite limited at bats, Wright posted the highest slugging percentage of her career (.308) and the best on-base percentage (.353), as she drew four walks in only 18 plate appearances. In her second start of the season against Centenary on Feb. 19, Wright went 1-for-2 with a double and scored her only run of the season. She also doubled as part of a 1-for-3 effort against La Salle on March 12, when she drove in her only run of the year. Wright saw the field only once in Nebraska’s final 26 games, drawing a pair of walks against South Dakota State in game one of an April 27 doubleheader.

Defensively, Wright committed one error – a catcher’s interference call – in 50 chances behind the plate, while allowing only one stolen base.

Sophomore Season [2010]
For the second straight season, Wright worked behind an All-Big 12 catcher in 2010. Despite playing behind an all-conference player, Wright still earned 20 starts behind the plate as a sophomore. Wright also made three starts as the designated player and appeared as a pinch hitter six times.

After going hitless in only nine at bats as a freshman, Wright’s work over the offseason made an immediate impact to begin her sophomore season. Wright recorded her first career hit, double, home run and run scored in Nebraska’s first weekend of play. She batted .290 in 13 games in the month of February and produced seven RBIs.

Wright continued to earn playing time as the season progressed and became a regular starter in the month of April when starting catcher Ashley Guile battled an elbow injury. Wright had her average up to .304 after a 2-for-3 effort in game one of a doubleheader with Drake on March 30, but she was unable to finish the season strong as she logged more innings behind the plate. Wright still found a way to contribute offensively, even against the top competition. In a two-game series against a ranked Oklahoma squad and All-America pitcher Keilani Ricketts in the last weekend of April, Wright reached base safely in four of her five plate appearances, including three walks in game two.

Defensively, Wright continued to be a solid performer. She committed the only two errors of her career in 163 chances to finish with a .988 fielding percentage that was tops among Nebraska’s catchers.

Freshman Season [2009]
Wright served as the Huskers’ backup catcher in her freshman season, appearing in eight games with three starts. She was perfect behind the plate in 23 chances and threw out both runners who attempted to steal against her. Offensively, Wright was 0-for-9, but produced one RBI on a sacrifice fly. A native of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., Wright also drew three walks to post a .231 on-base percentage.

Wright made her career debut against North Dakota with a pinch-hit at bat in the first game of the season. She earned her next game action with another pinch-hit appearance one month later at Wichita State. Wright then earned her first career start the next day against North Dakota, finishing 0-for-2 while drawing her first career walk.

She made her Bowlin Stadium debut with a start in game two of a doubleheader against South Dakota, where she again went 0-for-2 with a walk. Wright earned another start in game one of a doubleheader with South Dakota State one week later and picked up her first career RBI with a sacrifice fly.

Wright’s Big 12 debut came at Iowa State, when she caught the final inning but did not have an at bat. Her final two appearances of the season came in pinch-hitting roles, when she struck out at Missouri in the final game of the regular season and walked in her lone plate appearance of the NCAA Tournament at No. 18 Tennessee.

Before Nebraska
Wright attended Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, N.Y. Wright was named a three-time third-team Class A all-state selection in the state’s second-largest class by the New York Sportswriters Association.

In her senior season, Wright batted .392 and posted a .500 on-base percentage. She also tallied 24 RBIs in only 24 games, while producing seven multi-hit games and six multi-RBI contests. Behind the plate, Wright helped the Sailor staff post an ERA below 1.00.

As a junior, Wright batted .436 (41-for-94) with 12 doubles, two home runs, 38 RBIs and 23 runs scored in only 28 games. Her 38 RBIs were the third most in the area, while her play helped the Sailors win their first Class A section title and advance to the state semifinals, while finishing with a 27-2 record. Wright recorded 11 multi-hit games to go along with eight multi-RBI efforts.

Personal
Kirby Wright is the daughter of Brad and Leslie Wright and was born on Feb. 15, 1990, in Olathe, Kan. Kirby has one sister, Maggie. Kirby majored in marketing and earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2013. She claimed a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012, and was a three-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. Wright chose Nebraska over Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Her mother is originally from Lincoln and her father is originally from Dunbar, Neb. Wright is just the second Husker ever from New York, and the first in the NCAA era (1982 to present).

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

OB%

SLG%

SB-ATT

FLD%

2009

.000

8-3

9

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

.231

.000

0-0

1.000

2010

.224

33-23

67

4

15

2

0

1

8

8

19

.325

.299

0-0

.988

2011

.154

12-6

13

1

2

2

0

0

1

4

2

.353

.308

0-0

.980

2012

.125

14-10

8

3

1

0

0

0

0

5

1

.462

.125

0-0

.952

Total

.186

67-42

97

8

18

4

0

1

10

20

26

.333

.258

0-0

.982

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