21  Kimmi Hayden
Kimmi Hayden


El Cajon, Calif.

High School:
Valhalla HS






  • C-USA All-Conference Freshman Team (2006)
  • Tiger Defensive Player of the Year (2006)
  • Louisiana Classic All Tournament Team (2006)
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar (2008)
  • Tiger Academic 30 (Fall 2007)
  • Five-time Tiger 3.0 Club
  • Two-time Dean's List
  • Three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
  • Career Highlights: Ranks first all-time in Memphis history in runners picked off (4), runners caught stealing (30), fielding percentage (.990) and chances (735)...Ranks second in at bats (455), hits (132), hit by pitch (9), sacrifice flies (4) and putouts (661)...Ranks third in doubles (19), RBI (66), total bases (181) and sacrifice hits (9)...Ranks fourth in batting average (.290), games played (150) and games started (148)...Ranks fifth in home runs (10)...Her .311 batting average in 2008 ranks as the third highest season total in program history...Her three pickoffs in 2008 rank first in school history...Holds the school season caught stealing record with 16 in 2006...Has 35 career multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games...Has 10 career game-winning RBI and eight game-winning runs scored.

    Academic Highlights: Made the 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll awarded to student-athletes who carry a 3.0 GPA or higher for the school year...Named a 2008 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar...A fall 2007 Tiger Academic 30 member recognizing the 30 student-athletes with the best grade-point average on each team and then the next best group of student-athletes, totaling 30...A member of the fall 2005, spring 2006, fall 2006, fall 2007 and spring 2008 Tiger 3.0 Club given to the Memphis student-athletes who have at least a 3.0 GPA for the semester...Twice named to the Dean's List...Majoring in sport and leisure management while at Memphis.

    2008 (Junior): Started all 40 games played with 34 starts at catcher and six as the designated player...Missed the final 14 games of the season with a shoulder injury...Had a season long six-game hitting streak in March...Tied for fourth in the conference with a Memphis season record three pickoffs...Threw out 11 steal attempts, tying for seventh in C-USA...Led the team with 11 multiple hit games and had one multi-RBI game...Led the team in game-winning RBI with four and scored two game-winning runs...Led the team in hitting (.311) and was second in putouts (166)...Third on the team in on base percentage (.359) and fielding percentage (.984) and fourth in hits (37)...Hit .323 with runners on base and had a .429 average when hitting to lead off an inning...Went 5-for-10 with runners on third and less than two outs...Hit .529 as the designated player in seven games...Hit her first double of the season against Florida Gulf Coast (2/9)...Hit .571 in the Kajikawa Classic (2/16-17) going 8-for-14 with three RBI, four runs scored and two home runs in the four games...Went 2-for-4 with a run scored against Texas Tech (2/15)...Hit a solo home run against then No. 4 Arizona State (2/16)...Went 2-for-4 with a home run against Nebraska (2/16)...Tied a career high with a 3-for-4 performance against Idaho State (2/17)...Went 2-for-3 against Southeast Missouri (2/23)...Had the game-winning RBI against North Texas (3/1)...Had walk-off hits in both games of a doubleheader with Central Arkansas (3/5)...Had five hits, two runs and two RBI against the Bears and hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth in game two...Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored against Furman (3/16) and knocked in the game-winning run with a single in the first inning...Went 3-for-6 in a doubleheader with Tennessee State (4/2) and threw out a steal attempt...Went 2-for-3 with a double and scored the winning run in a 1-0 win over UTEP (4/5)...Went 2-for-4 with a run scored and knocked in the game winner in the first game against UT Martin (4/9)...Threw out two steal attempts against Southern Miss (4/12).

    2007 (Sophomore): Started 54 of 56 games played...Made 32 starts at catcher and 22 as the designated player...Second on the team with a .291 batting average and with 217 putouts...Led the team with a .996 fielding percentage and ranked seventh in Conference USA...Hit .324 in games started as the DP...Went 3-for-8 with the bases loaded and reached base 46 percen tof the time when leading off an inning...Hit .319 with runners in scoring position...Went 5-for-8 with runners on third and less than two outs...Had 13 two-out RBIs...Second on the team with 15 multi-hit games and had five multi-RBI games...Had a five-game hitting streak during the season...Third on the team in game-winning RBI with four...Also scored four-game winning runs...Knocked in the game-winning run in the 11th inning against UCF (5/5) and had a career high 13 putouts in the game...Went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the second game of a doubleheader with UAB (4/28) and scored the game winner in the first game...Hit a double and a single, while matching a season high with three RBI in game one of a doubleheader with SEMO (4/24) and knocked in the game winner in the second match...Went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two home runs in game one of a doubleheader with Alcorn State (4/12)...Had two hits and two RBI including the game winner against Middle Tennessee (4/4)...The two-homer game is the first of her career...Had four hits in a doubleheader with Southern Miss (3/31)...Scored the game winning run in the second game of a doubleheader with UT Martin (3/28) and had two hits in the first game...Hit two home runs in a three-game series with Houston (3/24-25), including the first ever Memphis home run in the Tiger Softball Complex...Scored the game winning runs against Loyola Marymount (3/3) and San Diego (3/4)...Went 2-for-3 and hit in the game-winner in the season opener against Centenary (2/9).

    2006 (Freshman): Earned C-USA All-Conference Freshman Team honors...Started all 54 games, with all but five of those coming at catcher...Ranked in the top-six on the team in nearly every offensive category...Third on the team with 30 RBI, 47 hits and 10 doubles, while scoring 22 runs, tallying 66 total bases and sporting a .275 batting average...Allowed just three passed balls in 49 contests, while throwing out 16 of 46 would-be base stealers and making just three errors in 290 chances for a .990 fielding percentage, sixth highest in the conference...Had nine multi-hit games...Also played in seven games as the designated player...Had an eight game and six game hitting streak during the season...Blasted the program's first-ever home run over the left field wall in the season opener against Grambling State (2/11)...Finished 3-for-5 in the game with two runs and six RBI...Named to the Louisiana Classic All Tournament Team after going 6-for-13 with nine RBI and four runs scored...Went 4-for-7 in a doubleheader with Grambling State (2/28) and had two RBI and three runs scored...Hit a solo home run against North Carolina (3/3)...Hit two doubles in a 2-for-4 performance with an RBI in the opening twin bill against Lipscomb (3/14)...Went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in the opening game against Tennessee State (4/19)...Hit her third home run and went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the second game of a doubleheader with East Carolina (4/22)...Had an RBI and two runs scored in a 2-for-2 performance against Marshall (4/29).

    Prep: A four-year starter in softball for Valhalla High School under Coach Doug Hartung...Named team captain and first-team all-league as a senior...Helped her team to its third-straight league championship and was named team MVP...Received the Scholar-Athlete Award and was a member of the honor roll...Was a first-team All-CIF selection in 2005...Named Division III Athlete of the Year following her stellar senior season...Hit a grand slam in the semifinals to help her team advance to the finals...Received a CIF Sportsmanship Award in 2005...Also honored as first-team All-East County and the East County Player of the Year...Helped her team to a 29-4 record and a Division II CIF Championship as a junior...Was second team All-CIF as a junior and first-team all-league in 2004...Named to the Union Tribune Academic Team following her junior season...Also selected as a second teamer on the all-league squad as a sophomore...Was the first sophomore at VHS to ever hit a home run over the fence...Was an honorable mention pick on the all-league team as a freshman.

    Club: Played travel softball for the San Diego Breakers 18U team under Mike Hill...Also played 18U for the California Renegades under Eddie Ramirez and for the Southern Cal Breakers 18U Gold team under Brant Bentlow...In 2003, helped her Southern Cal Lightning 18U Gold team to a 17th-place finish at the Oregon 18U Gold Nationals, playing for John Labeta...Helped her San Diego Wildcats 14U team under Steve Wilson to a Triple Crown World Series Championships and was named the Offensive MVP.

    Personal: Full name is Kimberly Elyse Hayden...Daughter of Warren Hayden and Ileana Koupal...Born Sept. 18, 1987 in La Mesa, Calif....Has an older sister named Jessica...Nickname is Kimmi...Tutored third and fourth graders and served as a teacher's aid at Vista Grande Elementary.

    Career Hitting Statistics

    2006 .275 54-54 171 22 47 10 0 3 30 66 .386 8 3 15 .317 1 6 1-1
    2007 .291 56-54 165 14 48 6 0 5 22 69 .418 9 5 21 .344 1 1 2-2
    2008 .311 40-40 119 17 37 3 0 2 14 46 .387 9 1 11 .359 2 2 1-1
    Total .290 150-148 455 53 132 19 0 10 66 181 .398 26 9 47 .338 4 9 4-4
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