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Mackenzie Sykes
Mackenzie Sykes

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Blue Springs, Mo.

High School:
Blue Springs

Height:
5-9

Position:
OF

B/T:
R/R


CAREER HONORS

• 2014 SEC All-Defensive Team (LF)
• 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District
• 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2012 First Team All-Big 12
• 2012 First Team Academic All-Big 12
2014 (SENIOR)

Sykes Senior
• Emerged as Mizzou's primary run producer in her final campaign with the Tigers, doubling her previous season-best with 52 RBI in 2014.
• Led the Tigers with 12 doubles, matching her season-best from her junior season in 2013.
• Hit .267 (48-for-180) while starting 58 of Mizzou's 61 games in left field, also smacking two triples to double her career total to four.
• Her 52 RBI ranked tied for 10th on the all-time single-season chart at the conclusion of her stellar senior season.
• Smacked her first home run of the 2014 season vs. Drake (Feb. 15) in Waco, Texas, a five-inning, 9-0 win.
• Set a then-career-best in RBI with four vs. Ohio State (March 2), batting 2-for-4 with one home run.
• Two doubles, one of the bases-clearing variety, and a fielder's choice helped her set a new career-high with five RBI vs. Ball State (March 21).
• Smacked her first career grand slam in the five-inning, 11-2 win vs. North Dakota State (March 21).
• Rocked a walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh of Mizzou's 6-3 win vs. No. 13 Georgia, as part of an impressive 3-for-4 day at the plate to match her career-best in hits.
• Stellar day at the plate in the Western Illinois doubleheader (April 9), batting 2-for-2 in Gm. 1, followed up with a 2-for-3 game in Gm. 2.
• Career game in the 8-7 win at No. 20 Auburn (April 12), hitting two home runs and totaling six RBI in a 3-for-4 day at the plate.
2013 (JUNIOR)

Sykes Junior
• 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.
2012 (SOPHOMORE)

Sykes Sophomore
• 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.
2011 (FRESHMAN)

Sykes Freshman
• 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.
PRIOR TO MIZZOU

Blue Springs:
• 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.

Club Team: Team Power (Kansas City, Mo.)

Picked Mizzou Over: Iowa State, Missouri State
PERSONAL

• 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 parks, recreation and tourism.
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