AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN IN 2017
Appeared in 33 games with 26 starts ... Led team with 23 starts at catcher, with three more as designated hitter ... Tritons were 18-8 in his starts ... Hit .284 with six doubles and pair of home runs ... Five multiple-hit and two multiple-RBI games ... Top hit streak of five games ... First collegiate hit, extra-base hit, run and RBI all came in 3-for-3 effort vs. Concordia (OR) (2/5), with double, two runs and two RBI ... Went 2-for-4 with first career home run, walk, three runs and season-high four RBI at Cal State San Bernardino (5/5) ... Home run was eighth-inning grand slam to cap 16-4 rout ... In very next game vs. CSUSB (5/6), produced season-high four hits and reached base safely in all six plate appearances, finishing 4-for-4 with double, walk, hit-by-pitch, two runs and an RBI ... Second home run came in postseason debut, in CCAA Championship opener vs. Stanislaus State (5/10), a one-out solo shot for 3-1 lead in sixth inning of 6-1 victory ... Made college debut in season's second game, to open doubleheader vs. Concordia (OR) (2/4), entering defensively behind plate to begin seventh before grounding out in first plate appearance ... Started each of first two games of NCAA Championship in Grand Prairie, Texas, going 1-for-4 with hit-by-pitch and two runs in opener ... In fact scored UCSD's first run at NCAA Championship since 2010 national title game in Cary, N.C., hitting single on 2-2 count with one out and coming across on Jack Larsen's third-inning home run vs. No. 16 St. Thomas Aquinas (5/28) ... Charged with single error in 142 defensive chances (.993).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2016
Redshirted the season as one of four catchers on the roster ... Traveled as the third, emergency catcher.
Teammates with Ted Stuka for the Wilson (N.C.) Tobs of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) during the 2017 summer ... Played for the Santa Maria Valley Packers during the 2016 summer ... Played for the SoCal Halos (2014-15) and the SoCal Chicago Cubs Scout Team (2013-14).
A 2015 graduate of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School ... Played in 83 games on varsity from 2013-15 ... Posted a .402 batting average, 90 hits, 69 RBI and eight home runs ... All-CIF Second Team and first-team all-league (2014) ... Guided team to CIF Division 5 title as a junior ... Lee Central Coast All-Area Second Team (2014) ... League MVP (2015) ... Lee Central Coast All-Area MVP (2015) ... Max Preps California Medium School All-State First Team (2015) ... Team MVP and captain (2015).
Born June 24 in Santa Barbara ... Parents are Gary and Ruthie Kitzmann ... Older sister, Jennifer, ran track and field at UC Santa Barbara ... Structural engineering major at Sixth College ... Would like to pursue a career in structural engineering after graduating from UCSD ... Most memorable moment of baseball career was winning a CIF championship as a high school junior ... Hobbies include dirt bike riding, hunting and fishing ... Roots for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets and Miami Dolphins ... Favorite athlete is Mike Napoli ... Listens to Rich Homie Quan and Toby Keith ... Favorite food is broccoli chicken casserole.
CAREER HITTING HIGHS (current through 2017 season)
At Bats: 5, 5/11/17 vs. Cal Poly Pomona
Runs: 3, 2 times (last 5/5/17 at Cal State San Bernardino)
Hits: 4, 5/6/17 vs. Cal State San Bernardino-1
Doubles: 1, 6 times (last 5/11/17 vs. Cal Poly Pomona)
Home Runs: 1, 2 times (last 5/10/17 vs. Stanislaus State)
RBI: 4, 5/5/17 at Cal State San Bernardino
Walks: 1, 8 times (last 5/30/17 vs. Quincy)
Stolen Bases: 0
CAREER HITTING STATISTICS (current through 2017 season)