Continued her sophomore rise into a strong junior season for Mizzou, starting 47 games between left field and center field.
Hit .319 (43-for-135) at the plate, including season-bests with 12 doubles, seven home runs and 26 RBI.
Season total of seven long balls nearly doubled her previous career total of four.
Batted 2-for-2 with two RBI, three runs scored and a home run in the five-inning, 11-3 victory vs. Fresno State in the Gaucho Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Feb. 16.
Homered again in a 2-for-3 performance vs. No. 7 Texas A&M on March 9.
Ripped a season-best two doubles on 2-for-3 batting with two RBI in the first game of the Georgia Tech doubleheader (March 23), a five-inning, 8-0 win.
Recorded a season-high three RBI in the second game of the doubleheader at Missouri State (April 3), batting 2-for-3 with a home run.
Notched the first of three 3-for-3 performances in the five-inning, 9-0 victory over Arkansas (April 12), hitting a home run and recording two RBI and two runs scored.
Hit 3-for-3 with three runs scored in the second game of the doubleheader at Western Illinois (May 1), a six-inning, 12-4 win.
Recorded a hit in every game of the SEC Tournament in Lexington, Ky. (May 9-11), including a 3-for-3 game vs. No. 22 Arkansas in which she hit a single, double and triple.
Opened Mizzou's scoring in the 5-0 win vs. Hofstra (May 19) that secured the program's sixth-straight NCAA Regional title, singling up the middle for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Honors: CoSIDA Academic All-District
Forced her way into the lineup with solid, consistent play after serving primarily as a reserve over the first month-and-a-half of the season, which eventually led to her being named a First Team All-Big 12 selection.
Went 4-for-4 with a triple, four runs and three RBI in the last three games of the DeMarini Invitational and hit safely in the last two games against Kansas while scoring a run.
Went 2-for-3 at Texas with two runs in Mizzou's game two victory and added a single in the rubber match.
Hit her first home run of the season against Texas Tech, a three-run walk off blast in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Tigers a win to close the series.
Hit safely in all three games at No. 5 Oklahoma, going 4-for-10 with a run, an RBI and two walks.
Also had a three-game stretch where she recorded five hits - including a home run - and plated five RBI, doing so in two games against Iowa State and the first game of the Murray State doubleheader.
Two hits in the first game of the NCAA Super Regionals against LSU.
Finished the season with 20 runs, five doubles, a triple and two homers while getting on base at a .346 clip.
In Big 12 play, she hit .333 with nine runs, two homers, 10 walks, a .448 on base percentage and a .521 slugging percentage. Honors: First Team All-Big 12, First Team Academic All-Big 12
Served as a primary bat off the bench for the Tigers as a freshman, while also spending time at third base and in the outfield.
Recorded six hits with four RBI on the season, while also scoring six runs.
First career start at third base came against Western Michigan, where she drew two walks and blasted her first career home run, hitting a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning for her first collegiate hit.
Against Texas Tech, she came off the bench and delivered a pinch hit single and would later come around to score.
A week later against Evansville, she hit a pinch hit home run for her second long ball of the year.
Got the start against Western Illinois on May 4 and went 1-for-3 on the day.
At the NCAA Regionals against DePaul on May 22, she came off the bench again and delivered another pinch hit single, driving in a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the Tigers up 6-0 in the championship game.
Playing both shortstop and third base, she competed for the Wildcats of Blue Springs.
Helped lead the `Cats to a state championship, a third-place finish at state and two district championships.
Earned All-State honors in 2008 for her performance.
Earned seven letters in high school, as she played basketball along with softball.
Was picked to the Principal's Honor Roll during all four years of high school for her academic achievements.
Mackenzie Sykes, born on May 18, 1992, is the daughter of Jeff and Melanie Sykes.
Has one younger sister, Madison.
Her father, Jeff, played baseball at Northwest Missouri State.
Chose Missouri because she had dreamed of playing softball for the Tigers since she was a child.
Majoring in sports management.