Kristen Toppel
Kristen Toppel
Nickname: Top
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 865-471-4289
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
High School: Lord Botetourt
Previous College: Carson-Newman '18
Year: First Year

Toppel is in her first year as an assistant coach with the Carson-Newman softball program.

A two-time All-SAC shortstop, Toppel helped Carson-Newman to two South Atlantic Conference regular season titles, a pair of tournament titles and three trips to NCAA regional play. 

A life-time .290 hitter and two-time All-SAC selection, Toppel started 197 games for Carson-Newman and played in 199. 

She had 169 knocks, 34 doubles and nine home runs. She stole 48 bases in 56 attempts in her career. 

Toppel ranks just outside the top 10 in SAC history for runs scored and stolen bases for a career.  

She matched the single-game school record for doubles with three in a game at Fort Valley State her freshman season.  Twice that year she matched a then 20-year-old record for runs scored in a single-game.  She crossed home plate five times against Fort Valley State and also against Bluefield State. 

Toppel was hit by a pitch 32 times in her career, narrowly missing out on the top 25 in NCAA history for the most time struck by a pitch in a career. 

She also owns the fifth longest hitting streak in school history.  That came during an All-SAC sophomore season.  She also earned SAC and TSWA player of the Week and hit .345 for the year. 

Toppel produced a 16-game hitting streak between February and March for the Eagles, the fourth longest in school history.  As a sophomore she finished in the top 15 in the conference in eight offensive statistical categories. 

During her player of the week run, Toppel batted .526 (10-for-19) with one double, two home runs, seven RBIs and eight runs scored in six games for the Eagles. The Roanoke, Va., native posted two hits in both games of a doubleheader versus Bluefield State College, scoring twice in the opener and hitting a three-run inside-the-park homer in the second contest.

Toppel resides in Knoxville.  ­