2009 -- Van Kirk recorded her first- and second-career doubles against UMBC (2/24) and Maryland (4/28) ... saw action in 46 games with 43 starts as a designated hitter and two behind the plate ... jacked two home runs to jump into the top 5 of GW career home runs, tied with teammate Amanda Gabriel with nine.
2008 - Led the team with six home runs and 18 runs batted in ... started all 39 games, 33 behind the plate and six at third base ... threw out 31 of 36 attempted base stealers ... longest hit streak was four games (2/9-3/2) ... had four multiple-RBI games, batting in five runs against Saint Louis in an 11-inning, 9-7 loss (3/22 game 2).
2007 - Appeared in 27 games while starting 19, all at catcher ... Made collegiate debut as a pinch hitter vs. Oakland (2/23) ... homered for her first career base hit at Fordham (3/24).
2006 - Medical Redshirt, did not play.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Southington High under coach John Bores ... as a senior, batted .549 with five home runs, 43 RBI and a 1.000 slugging percentage en route to earning CHSCA, New Haven Register and Hartford Courant All-State honors ... also named all-region by The Herald and to the All-Central Connecticut Conference North team ... voted team captain, MVP and offensive player of the year ... New Haven Register and Hartford Courant All-State selection as a junior ... hit .525 with 15 doubles and 27 RBI to help Blue Knights finish with a 24-0 record and win its 14th overall CIAC state title since 1978 ... voted team offensive player of the year and most improved ... as a sophomore, batted .357 with five doubles and 13 RBI en route to earning all-region accolades by The Herald ... hit .625 during the state tournament to help Southington earn CIAC Class LL runner-up honors for the second straight season ... helped team to a 22-2 record as a freshman ... also played field hockey and basketball.
Personal: Born Elisa Marie Van Kirk on Aug. 25, 1987 in New Britain, CT ... daughter of Jeffrey Van Kirk and Carmen Espinosa ... has one sister, Emily, and one brother, Daniel ... interests include playing the guitar, basketball, football and music ... majoring in exercise science.
Van Kirk's Career Batting Statistics
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