Missouri Softball vs. Louisiana State - Game 2 - May 27, 2012
Club Team: Oklahoma Exclusive Gold
Chose Mizzou Over: Oklahoma State, North Texas
2012 (Freshman): Kingsley emerged as one of the team's best hitters in the second half of the season and finished the year with a .271 batting average, the fourth-best on the squad. She also led the team in stolen bases, swiping 12 bags in 13 attempts. Her first career hit was a two-run double in the second inning against Troy on Feb. 17. She also came off the bench and scored a run on a double on March 9 against Alcorn State. After recording six hits in her first 29 appearances of the season, Kingsley found her groove to end the year and hit safely in 13 of her last 16 contests. In the postseason, she hit .500, recording 10 hits in six playoff games with a double, two RBI and three stolen bases. After not having a multi-hit game through the regular season, Kingsley had four two-hit games in the postseason. She went 2-for-3 in each of the three NCAA Regional contests, and finished game two of the NCAA Super Regional against LSU with a 2-for-5 performance. Kingsley appeared in 45 games and earned 25 starts, including the last 15 games of the season.
Putnam City North: Kingsley played first base for head coach Mitsy Shaklee for the Putnam City North Panthers, where she earned All-State honors as a senior. She posted a .509 batting average, a .586 on base percentage, was 22-for-22 in stolen bases and hit nine home runs in high school. She was a First Team All-Metro and All-Conference member from 2007-09. Kingsley led her conference in stolen bases from 2008-2010 and was named the team's Best Offensive Player all four seasons.
Personal: Kayla Kingsley was born to David and Diahanna Kingsley in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Aug. 13, 1992. She has three other siblings, Cally, Kassidy and Keely. Her father, David, played baseball at Rose State.