By: Joshua Gerard Gargiulo
PHOENIX - Last May, Phoenix College Sophomore Pitcher, Kiana Carr, was awarded the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference’s: “Female Athlete of the Year.”
In eighteen appearances and 52.2 innings pitched, as a freshman, Kiana averaged a 1.73 ERA with a team-low 13 combined, earned runs and sixty strike-outs. With a perfect 5-0 record, Ms. Carr also managed to record 3 saves; two of which, were conference games. Kiana also had team-lows in Home Run’s allowed, hits, and K/7. Throughout eighteen appearances, Ms. Carr started eight games, throwing five complete games. Her most notable, an eight strike-out day against Glendale CC.
As year two came around, Kiana saw her role change from the bullpen, to a “much-needed” starter. With her being the only returning pitcher, she was called upon as a leader. Almost tripling her appearances, she saw 48 of her 40 appearances as the starting pitcher. In 215.2 innings, Kiana recorded 32 wins and two losses, with a combined ERA of 2.08, 246 strikeouts and 27 complete games. She led the team in most categories; most notably, recording over two-times the amount of strikeouts than the second leader.
As her Community College career comes to a close, Kiana walks away with a record of 37-2. Leading the ACCAC in strike-outs (246) and wins (32), and second in ERA with a 2.08. Her only blemish? Two losses to out-of-town foes, early in the season.
On top of honors from the ACCAC, Kiana also was awarded “Best Female Athlete” out of all Phoenix College Women’s Sports; as well as, First-Team All-American for both the NJCAA and NFCA.
They say, “practice makes perfect.” Indeed it does, as Kiana secured a Softball Scholarship to the University of Maryland, while still carrying a 4.0 GPA and posing as a model student of the SASS program in Athletics. The University of Maryland is getting a champion on-the-field; and, in the classroom.
The Maryland Lady Terrapins are set to face George Mason, today at 5pm EST, in College Park, MD.