THIS YEAR: After making adjustments to the college game Rita Kim will be coming into her second year of play as a key player on the Cougar pitching staff ... Has the velocity to jam batters and a change-up that keeps batters on their heels ... Hoping to gain a spot in the line-up as a speedy left side slapper.
2010 (freshman): After a slow start in which she dropped her first 4 decisions, finished her rookie year with an 8-10 record and a 2.02 ERA and a team-high 100 strikeouts ... Twice struck out more than 10, including a career-high 12 in a 3-hit, complete-game shutout of Bethany for her first collegiate victory ... Struck out 7 and surrendered 1 hit in 5 innings of relief work against Hope International.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played 4 years of varsity softball for head coach Terri Dolan at Northwood High in Irvine, Calif. ... Was a 2-time All-Irvine pick ... Named All-Sea View League first team as a 2009 senior and 2007 sophomore, and earned honorable mention as a 2008 junior ... Selected team MVP as a junior and senior ... As a senior, collected 127 strikeouts in 119 innings ... Pitched 5 shutouts and 3 no-hitters including the 1-0 win against Loara High in Anaheim, Calif.
PERSONAL: Born March 17, 1991, in Los Angeles, Calif. ... Parents are Hunsu and Youngnam Kim ... Has a sister (Pauly) ... Majoring in political science with minor in pre-law.