2013: Started 52 of Northwestern's 53 games in centerfield ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Reached base in 18-straight games from April 5 to May 3 ... Reached base in 14-straight games from Feb. 8 to March 2 ... Had a six-game hitting streak from March 2-9 and a nine-game hitting streak from April 9-24 ... Went 2-for-4 with a double against No. 2 Oklahoma (2/10) ... Finished 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and a run against Campbell (2/16) ... Finished 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs, a career-best three RBIs and a career-best five total bases against LIU Brooklyn (2/24) ... Went 2-for-4 with two runs against Cal Poly (3/2) ... Was 2-for-3 with a walk and a steal in a win over Cal State Bakersfield (3/3) ... Batted .545 at the South Florida Under Armour Showcase (3/8-3/10) ... In two games on March 9 against South Carolina and Massachusetts, went a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk, a sacrifice and a steal ... Opened the scoring at No. 25 Nebraska with a two-run single before also crossing the plate (3/22) ... Batted .500 (6-for-12) with three steals in NU's series win over Minnesota, going 2-for-4 in each game (3/29-3/30) ... Went 2-for-5 with a run and a steal in the second game of NU's series against Iowa (4/13) ... Was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run in the finale versus the Hawkeyes (4/14), ending the game early with a run-rule inducing walk-off two-run single ... In a nonconference tilt with Northern Illinois (4/16), finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a double, a steal and a run ... In the second game of a sweep at Penn State (4/20), went 3-for-6 with a triple for a career-best five total bases while scoring a career-best three runs and driving in two ... Finished 2-for-4 in the series finale at Penn State (4/21) ... Went 2-for-4 in the first game of a doubleheader at Wisconsin, leading off the game with a triple and scoring a run ... Drove in two runs to give Northwestern the lead during a come-from-behind sixth-inning rally against Purdue (4/26) ... Had a hit and a steal against Indiana in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament (5/9) before reaching base twice on a single and HBP versus Wisconsin in the quarterfinals (5/10).
2012: Started 55 games in centerfield while appearing in one contest as a pinch runner and another as a pinch hitter ... Had a nine-game hitting streak from April 25 to May 11 ... NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Scored in four of Northwestern's five games at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic ... Batted .444 at the Mardi Gras Invitational (4-for-9) ... Scored a pair of runs at No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette (2/17) ... Drove in a pair of runs later that night against Louisiana Tech ... Batted .438 (7-for-16) at the DeMarini Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton ... Recorded two hits in three-straight gamed against Oregon State (3/2), No. 2 California (3/3) and East Carolina (3/3) ... Also had a hit, a steal and a run in a win over Southern Miss (3/4) at the DeMarini ... Finished 2-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, two walks and two steals versus Fairfield (3/16) ... Collected two hits and scored in a win over UIC (3/28) ... Went 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch, RBI and a run in a win at Wisconsin (3/31) ... Went 2-for-4 with a triple at Indiana (4/22) ... Reached base three times at Northern Illinois (4/25) on a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch, stealing second and scoring a career-best three times each ... Went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs in a win over Ohio State (4/29) ... In two games played at Michigan State (5/5-5/6), batted .800 (4-for-5) with a run, an RBI and two steals ... Went 3-for-8 in a sweep of Illinois (5/11-5/12), scoring three runs and stealing three bases ... Went 1-for-3 with one of Northwestern's two runs in an NCAA Regional opening round win at No. 8 Texas (5/18) ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in an NCAA Regional Winner's Bracket victory over Houston (5/19) ... After suffering a broken wrist in a collision during the first game of the NCAA Regional Championship round against No. 8 Texas (5/20), came back to start the "if necessary" game and make four putouts in center.
2011: Started 37 games in center field ... Made one defensive replacement appearance and three pinch running appearances ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Had an RBI single, scored a run and swiped a base against North Texas (2/13) ... Went 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, two runs and a steal against UC Davis (2/18) ... Was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a steal versus Southern Miss (3/4) ... Went 0-for-2 against Cal State Northridge (3/5), but walked, was hit by a pitch, drove in a run, stole two bases and scored twice ... Finished 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI, a sacrifice and a steal in a doubleheader against Michigan State (4/13) ... Went 3-for-7 with two RBIs in NU's series at Iowa (4/16-4/17) ... Went 1-for-5 in NU's series against Ohio State (4/23-4/24), but drove in two runs and scored three times ... Had a similar series at Illinois (4/30-5/1), going 1-for-4 but walking three times, stealing two bases and scoring twice ... Went 2-for-3 with a steal at Penn State (5/13).
2010: After missing the first four weekends of the season due to injury, Started the final 29 games in right field ... Finished the year 18-of-19 in stolen base attempts, successfully swiping on each of her first 16 tries ... Made her collegiate debut with a 3-for-3 performance against Eastern Michigan (3/19), stealing three bases and scoring twice ... Finished 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs at Northern Illinois (3/25) ... Singled, scored, drove in a run and stole a base against Purdue (3/27) ... Singled and stole a base at No. 6 Alabama (4/11) ... Went 0-for-2 but drove in a pair and scored once in the first game of a doubleheader at Michigan State (4/21) ... Finished 2-for-3 with two runs and a steal in game two ... Singled, scored, drove in a run, walked and stole a base against Penn State (5/1) ... Singled, scored and had an RBI at No. 19 Ohio State (5/14).
High School: As a senior, named second-team all-state, second-team All-CIF, first-team All-Orange County, first-team All-Sunset League and Los Angeles Times All-Southland ... Orange County Register Senior Player of the Year and All-Senior team selection ... Named one of the top five players in Orange County by the Orange County Register ... Named first-team All-Sunset League and All-CIF, and second-team All-Orange County and All-State Underclass as a junior ... Led team to Sunset League championship and the CIF quarterfinals ... First-team All-Sunset League as a sophomore ... Batted .478 with a Sunset League-best 30 runs, 44 hits and 27 steals during junior season ... Plays club with the So Cal Explosion Gold ... Coached by Joe Weddle ... Cited by ESPN.com as one of the top oufielders at the Gold level due to her "speed and offensive skill coupled with her guts and precision in the outfield" ... ESPN.com also lauded "her ability to bounce the ball, bunt and hit for power (makes her) a true triple threat" ... Club team finished 25th at the 2009 ASA Gold Nationals, fourth in 2008 and 17th in 2007 ... Listed in the top-50 SPARQ Ratings of 2006 ... Four-time scholar athlete and winner of the Distinguished Aztec Award for academics ... Member of the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation and Collegiate Scholar Program ... AP Scholar with Distinction and PYLUSD Collegiate Scholar Program.
Personal: Born Kristin Lee Scharkey ... Daughter of Brian and Cindy Scharkey ... Father played baseball at Pepperdine ... Chose Northwestern over Stanford, Washington, DePaul and UC Davis ... Majoring in journalism.
GET TO KNOW SCHARKEY
If you could be any other NU Athlete for a day, who would you be?... Robin Ashley Kailoni Thompson. Favorite Athlete... Derek Fisher or Abby Wambach. Favorite Food... Slurpees. Favorite Song... At the moment? Joyful, Joyful by Laura Hackett. Nicknames... Schark-Bait, Sasha, Princess Scharkonia. Hobbies... Writing, singing, playing guitar. Favorite Reality Show... Four Weddings. Favorite actor/actress... Will Smith/Julia Roberts. If you were a super hero, what would your super power and name be?... The supernatural voice of Aretha Franklin. Still working on a name. Favorite Movie... It's a tie between Father of the Bride and PS I Love You. If you could spend a day with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be?... Jesus, Ann Voskamp and Tim Tebow. Favorite pro sports team... THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS. Favorite TV shows... One Tree Hill or NCIS. When I was little, I wanted to be a... FBI Agent. No one can believe that I... have short-term memory loss. I hate to admit it but I love... car dancing more than regular dancing. Secret talent... I have a very gifted digestive system. Pre game ritual... Chocolate chip pancakes! If I could play any other sport at NU, it would be... Football. An artist that no one would believe I have on my iPod... Gloria Estefan. Favorite midnight snack... Slurpees. If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life it would be... Slurpees. Favorite class at NU... Photojournalism. After I graduate I want to be... an author serving the Lord in a third world country. Favorite Holiday Tradition... Watching Christmas Vacation every Christmas Eve. Something that is on your bucket list... To go to Africa. A place I would love to visit... Venice, Italy. Facebook or Twitter?... Twitter. Hint Hint: @kscharkey. If I could be any character from a TV show or Movie I would be... Anyone from Friends or Julie from Julie and Julia. Best thing about NU... There is no other place where student-athletes are going to receive the types of opportunities- both athletically, academically and professionally- that we are so blessed to have here. Favorite NUSB memory... Marisa Bast's grand slam against Indiana in 2011 or rooming with Michelle Batts during Spring Break 2010. If you were on the amazing race, what teammate would go with you?... Emily Allard. And we would win. Funniest person on the team?... Paige Tonz. Best dancer on the team?... Lauren Ackerman. Biggest prankster on the team?... Sheiki. If you were on minute to win it, who would be your partner?... Adrienne Monka. If you got into the Cash Cab, which teammates would you want to be with you?... Sheiki and Sammy Albanese.