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#3 Kayla Bonstrom
Position: Utility
Bats: L
Throws: R
Height: 5'7"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Canyon Del Oro
Major: International Relations
Bonstrom Photos
Career Highlights | Career Statistics 
  • 2015 Second Team All-America
  • Two-time NFCA All-West Region
    • 2013 (2nd), 2015 (1st)
  • Four-time All-Pac-12 
    • 2013 (1st), 2014 (HM), 2015 (1st), 2016 (3rd)
  • 2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
  • 2013 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
  • 2015 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team
  • 2015 Capital One Academic All-District Softball Team District 8
  • 2015 Pac-12 All-Defense honorable mention
  • 2015 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete
  • Three-time Pac-12 All-Academic
    • 2014 (2nd), 2015 (1st), 2016 (2nd)
  • 2016 Senior CLASS Award Top-30 Finalist
  • Finished career in the top-10 in Stanford history in batting average (5th, .372), doubles (5th, 55), home runs (7th, 30), RBI (T-5th, 177), slugging percentage (3rd, .622), walks (9th, 88) and putouts (3rd, 1255)
  • Registered the highest single-season slugging percentage in Stanford history (.806) during 2015 – becoming the first Cardinal player to ever break the .800 mark
  • Played in 215 of 217 possible games during her four years, making 213 starts
As a Senior in 2016 | Game-by-Game Statistics
  • All-Pac-12 Third Team
  • USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top-50 Watch List 
  • Senior CLASS Award Top-30 Finalist
  • Pac-12 All-Academic second team
  • Led Stanford in runs (28), hits (44), doubles (12), triples (2) and total bases (75)
  • Ended the season on an eight-game hitting streak, accumulating 11 hits during that span (April 30-May 14)
  • Led Stanford with a .375 average (3-for-8) with two runs and two walks over three games against Washington (May12-14)
  • Hit .500 (5-for-10) with four runs, two home runs, a double, two RBIs, a 1.200 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage over three games at Arizona State (May 6-8)
  • Went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and a single at Arizona State (May 8)
  • Went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, three RBIs and a run against California (May 1)
  • Hit .412 (7-for-17) with six RBIs, four doubles, seven runs, a home run and a .824 slugging percentage over five games at the Malihini Aloha Tournament (March 4-6)
  • Hit a game-winning RBI-double against Coastal Carolina to give Stanford an 8-7 victory (March 6)
  • Had a 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 20-March 4
  • Went 6-for-18 (.333) with three runs, a double, a triple and a walk over five games at the Mary Nutter Classic (Feb. 25-28)
  • Opened the season with a four-game hitting streak (Feb. 12-14)
  • Hit .429 (6-for-14) with six runs, three RBIs, four walks, a home run and a .643 slugging percentage over five games at the Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 12-14)
  • Registered 11 multi-hit games and recorded at least one hit in 31-of-47 appearances
  • Appeared in 47-of-48 games, making 47 starts at first base
As a Junior in 2015 | Game-By-Game Statistics
  • NFCA Second Team All-American at first base
  • NFCA First Team All-West Region at first base
  • All-Pac-12 First Team
  • Pac-12 All-Defense honorable mention
  • Capital One Academic All-America second team
  • Capital One Academic All-District Softball Team District 8 selection
  • NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete
  • Pac-12 All-Academic first team
  • Led Stanford in multiple offensive categories including: batting average (.439), runs (43), hits (68), doubles (16), home runs (13), slugging percentage (.806), walks (23), hit by pitch (16) and on-base percentage (.549)
  • Registered the highest single-season slugging percentage in Stanford history (.806) – becoming the first Cardinal player to ever break the .800 mark
  • Finished in the top-11 in multiple single-season categories in Stanford history including: batting average (5th, .439), home runs (T-5th, 13), RBI (T-7th, 54), doubles (11th, 16) and fielding percentage (T-2nd, .997)
  • Finished in the top-10 among Pac-12 players in multiple categories, including: on-base percentage (4th, .549), batting average (5th, .439), slugging percentage (5th, .806), doubles (T-5th, 16), hits (T-6th, 68), total bases (T-7th, 125), RBI (10th, 54) and putouts (2nd, 365)
  • Finished the regular season ranked 41st in the nation in batting average (.439), 24th in on-base percentage (.549) and 39th in slugging percentage (.806)
  • Had at least one hit in 40-of-54 games (74 percent)
  • Committed just one error in 381 chances
  • Completed the season with a five-game hitting streak from May 2-9, accumulating eight hits during that span
  • Hit .556 (5-for-9) with two home runs, a double, four RBIs and two runs during a three-game series at No. 19/19 California (May 7-9)
  • Led Stanford with a .429 batting average (3-for-7), producing three RBIs, two walks and a double during a three-game series against No. 24/23 Arizona State (May 1-3)
  • Batted .400 (4-for-10) with two runs, two walks and a RBI in three games against No. 1/2 Oregon (April 18-20)
  • Hit .375 (3-for-8) with two RBIs, three runs and a double at No. 20/19 Washington (April 2-4)
  • Went 3-for-3 with a grand slam, two doubles, six RBIs and two walks at Pacific (March 31)
  • Hit .333 (2-for-6) with a home run, three RBIs, two walks and two hit-by-pitches in a three-game series against Utah (March 27-29)
  • Went 3-for-8 (.375) with six RBIs, a home run, a double and a run during the Oregon State Series (March 21-23)
  • Hit .467 (7-for-15) with four RBIs, three doubles, four runs, two walks and a .867 slugging percentage at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic (March 6-8)
  • Was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs at UC Davis (March 4)
  • Batted 9-for-19 (.474) with five RBIs, seven runs, two home runs, a double and an .842 slugging percentage at the LB/CSF Louisville Slugger Classic (Feb. 27-March 1)
  • Recorded a six-game hitting streak from Feb. 21-27
  • Hit .533 (8-for-15) with five RBIs, four runs, two doubles, a home run and held an .867 slugging percentage at the Mary Nutter Classic (Feb. 20-22)
  • Registered a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 7-18, accumulating 12 hits over the stretch
  • Went 5-for-13 (.385) with four RBIs, four runs, a double, a triple and a .615 slugging percentage at the Stanford Nike Invitational (Feb. 13-15)
  • Hit .444 (8-for-18) with two home runs, four RBIs, a double and seven runs at the Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 5-8)
  • Started all 54 games at first base or pitcher
As a Sophomore in 2014 | Game-By-Game Statistics
  • All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
  • Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team 
  • One of 50 players in the nation named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award watch list (one of six sophomores included on the list) 
  • Led Stanford with 44 RBI, tied for second in triples (3) and doubles (15) on the season 
  • Was second in walks (29) and total bases (86), and third in hits (56) and runs (41) on the year 
  • Led Stanford with eight doubles, and was second in runs (19), hits (26) and fewest strikeouts (5) against Pac-12 opponents 
  • Ranked 13th in the country with five sacrifice flies 
  • Tied for fifth in doubles (15), fifth in sacrifice flies (5) and tied for eighth in hit-by-pitch (7) among Pac-12 players 
  • Hit a walk-off single in the Pac-12 opener against California to cap a six-run seventh inning and lead Stanford to a 14-13 comeback victory (March 14) 
  • Registered 14 multi-hit games and at least one hit in 35 contests 
  • Recorded a nine-game hitting streak from April 11-27 
  • Started all 55 games at either first base, catcher or pitcher

As a Freshman in 2013 | Game-By-Game Statistics

  • Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
  • NFCA Second Team All-West Region
  • First Team All-Pac-12 Conference
  • All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
  • Played in 59 games, starting 57
  • Split time as the designated player and at first base
  • Led the team and ranked fourth in the Pac-12 with a .404 batting average, marking the eighth-best output in a single season on The Farm
  • Led the team with 19 multiple RBI games and totaled 18 multiple-hit games on the year
  • Led the team and ranked sixth in the Pac-12 with 55 RBI, tying for the fourth-most in a single season in school history
  • First collegiate home run was a grand slam, coming against Florida Gulf Coast (3/9), for a season-high four RBI
  • Hit a solo home run at No. 10 Oregon (3/25)
  • Went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in a win over No. 12 UCLA (3/28)
  • Hit a two-run single and scored a run in a double-header at No. 24 Oregon State (4/2)
  • Hit .556 (5-for-9), including a double and a home run, with six RBI in a three-game series at No. 14 Washington (4/20-21)
  • Went 6-for-9, including a double and two home runs, with four runs scored and seven RBI in the three-game series against Utah (4/26-28)
  • Registered her first career stolen base at UC Davis (5/1)
  • Went 4-for-5 with four RBI and a season-best four runs scored at No. 12 Cal (5/4) ... hit a solo home run in a win over Arizona (5/10)
  • Hit her first career triple against the Wildcats, also drawing a season-high three walks (5/11)
  • Led the team with four RBI and tallied four hits, including a double and a home run, in the NCAA Lincoln Regional (5/17-19)
  • Pac-12 Player of the Week (5/13)

High School

  • A 2012 graduate of Canyon Del Oro High School in Oro Valley, Ariz.
  • A four-year letterwinner, captained her team as a senior
  • Three-time state champions (2009, 2011 and 2012)
  • Two-time all-state honoree as a junior and senior
  • Three-time all-conference performer (2010-12)
  • 2012 ESPN high school All-American and Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year
  • Two-time team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year
  • Named a first team NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American in 2011 and third team honoree in 2010
  • Participated in the Under Armour High School All-America game in 2010
  • Holds school career records slugging percentage (1.062), batting average (.529), hit by pitch (85) and RBI (183)
  • Holds school single season records for slugging percentage (1.293), batting average (.603), runs scored (71), walks and hit by pitch (36) and triples (7)


  • Played for the Arizona Hotshots Gold


  • Daughter of Bruce and Peggy Bonstrom
  • Has two younger siblings, Ellessa and Cory
  • Anticipates a major in international relations
  • Selected to the Center for International Security and Cooperation Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies during her junior year to develop a thesis with the federal government related to national security
  • Will be presenting senior thesis at the West Point Counter Terrorism Conference in April 2016 and will be traveling to Israel this summer through Stanford's Bing Overseas Studies Program 
  • Served as a summer research assistant with Professor Lisa Blaydes, focusing on the mechanisms of authoritarianism in Iraq under Saddam Hussein in the 1990s and sanction period
  • Participant in the Hoover Institute National Security Affairs Mentorship program during her junior year
  • Writing correspondent for I Love Chile News while studying abroad in Santiago, Chile during the summer of 2014
  • Volunteers at the Redwood City International Institute of the Bay Area, helping immigrants prepare for citizenship tests
  • Enjoys riding horses and yoga
  • Born in St. Louis Park, Minn.
  • Full name is Kayla Christine Bonstrom