KCAC again honors Swedes' Traffas

By Bethany College Sports Information
March 24, 2014
Bethany College Sports Information

LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s Kelli Traffas has been named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week. This marks the second time she has been honored this season.

"Kelli had a great week and came up clutch several times to score runs with two outs," said Bethany coach Janice Esses said. "Kelli has not only had a great slugging percentage, but she has also worked to consistently put the ball in play. Kelli has also been a threat on the bases. She has good reads and will take advantage of any misplays. We look for Kelli to continue working hard as we enter conference play."

In eight games for the Swedes, Traffas went 13 for 29, totaling a .448 batting average and .862 slugging percentage. She recorded three or more RBIs in three of the eight games and two or more hits in five of the games.

Traffas scored 14 runs, tallied 14 RBIs and stole eight bases. She was instrumental in Bethany's 7-1 record on the week.

Traffas is currently nationally ranked in numerous offensive categories: first in total triples (7), third in total hits (54), fourth in total RBIs (44), fifth in total bases (94), eighth in triples per game (.212), 13th in total runs scored (34), 13th in total stolen bases (18), 13th in total bases per game (2.848), 14th in total home runs (7), 17th in total steal attempts (19), 17th in hits per game (1.636), 17th in RBIs per game (1.333), 18th in batting average (.500), and 18th in slugging percentage (.870).

Traffas was named to the 2014 Preseason All-KCAC Team as well as 2013 1st Team All-KCAC, 2013 Preseason Team, 2012 2nd Team All-KCAC, and 2011 1st Team All-KCAC.

This is the fourth week that a Swede softball player has earned Player of the Week honors this season: Traffas in Week Four, March 10-16; senior Ashley Nicolich, Modesto, Calif., in Week Two; Feb. 17-23; and sophomore Ashley Montoya, Bay City, Texas, in Week One, Feb. 10-16.

Traffas is the daughter of Rory and Jacque Traffas. She is majoring in accounting and minoring in math.