Kayla Gray To Forego Final Softball Season

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler fifth-year senior Kayla Gray has decided not to use her final season of softball eligibility due to injury.  The Butler shortstop, who started 52 games for the Bulldogs last season, will graduate in December.

Gray played in 142 games during her Butler career, including 123 as a starter.  Last season, she batted .220 with 27 hits, including two doubles, and 12 runs scored.  For her career, she had 59 hits, including six doubles, 37 runs scored and 21 RBIs.  She compiled a team-high 92 assists in 2011 and then led the Bulldogs again last year with 81 assists.

"I've enjoyed coaching Kayla, and I look forward to seeing her join the coaching ranks," said Butler head coach Scott Hall.  "I want to thank her for all of her hard work and for her dedication to Butler softball."

Gray began her Butler career in 2009, but was sidelined by injury after just five games.  She returned to play in 35 games in 2010, and then she started 104 games over her final two seasons.

The Columbus, Ind., infielder was named to both the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll and the Butler Athletic Director's honor roll during her career.

Gray was honored by her teammates during Butler's fall games on Saturday, Sept. 15.