CU Softball BIO
18 Christa Ruf
CREIGHTON CAREER: 2011 (Junior) – Voted to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Team ... Named to the MVC All-Tournament Team ... Started every game in center field to run her consecutive starts streak to 88 ... Ranked second on the team with career-highs in home runs (9), RBI (32) and walks (21) ... Finished 10th in the MVC in home runs and 12th in RBI ... Also posted career-highs in hits (39) and runs scored (23) ... Led the team with 13 two-out RBI and eight multi-RBI games ... Batted .333 in 21 starts as Creighton’s leadoff batter, and hit out of seven different spots in the lineup throughout the season ... Eight of her home runs came in her first 30 games ... Hit. 365 with 15 RBI in 17 neutral site games ... Had four home runs and 12 RBI in MVC play ... Hit first home run of the season, a two-run shot, against Centenary (Feb. 25) ... Her three-run home run at UT Arlington (Feb. 26) was the difference in a 3-2 win ... Accounted for all four RBI in 4-0 win over Northern Colorado (March 4) ... Went 3-for-7 with a homer, double, run scored and six RBI in two games at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational on March 4 ... Went 7-for-16 (.438) with nine RBI during her season-best five-game hitting streak (Feb. 26 – March 5) ... Went 3-for-4 with two, two-run home runs in 4-0 win at Evansville (March 20) ... Named MVC Player of the Week and MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week after her performance at UE ... Was 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in doubleheader at UNI (April 23) ... Had a 2-for-4 game with two RBI and a run scored against Wichita State (May 12) in the MVC Tournament.

2010 (Sophomore) – 
Started 50 of 56 games played in center field ...  Became the first player other than Jessica Wakasugi to start a game in center field for the Jays since 2005 ... Tied for the team lead with two triples ... Opened the season as a left-handed slap-hitter, before moving back to her natural right-handed stance ... Batted .279 in MVC play, starting 23 of the 24 Valley games she played ... Earned her first career start in season-opener against San Diego State (Feb. 11) at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. ... Hit .289 (22-76) in her final 24 regular-season games, after starting the year just 4-for-41 (.098) through 30 games ... All of her 12 RBI and five extra-base hits came after April 5 ... Hit .400 (14-35) during an 11-game span (April 5-18) ... Crushed her first career home run against North Dakota State (April 5) ... Had a career-best three hits, including her first career double at Wichita State (April 11) ... Finished the WSU series 5-for-12 (.417) ... Went 6-for-9 with three straight 2-for-3 games against Northern Iowa (April 17-18) ... Collected a hit in each game of three-game series at Bradley (April 24-25), going 3-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored in April 24 doubleheader ... All four of her stolen bases on the season came in MVC play.

2009 (Freshman) –
 Appeared in 30 games off the bench, 25 as a pinch-runner and five as a pinch-hitter ... Scored her first career run and collected her first RBI of the season against Saint Louis (Feb. 20) ... Her only hit of the season was an RBI triple against Saint Joseph’s on March 6 ... Appeared in 12 MVC games and both MVC Tournament contests ... Scored five runs and had two stolen bases.

HIGH SCHOOL:  Tabbed first-team All-Nebraska and first-team Class A as a junior after hitting .374 and tying a school record with six triples ... Named Class A second-team as a sophomore, hitting .351 ... Honorable mention all-state as a senior ... Named first-team all-area three times and earned all-conference honors three times ... Owns school record with 14 sacrifice bunts in a season ... Earned four letters in softball and three in track ... Played for the Omaha Quakes Gold in the summer.

PERSONAL: The daughter of Mary and Bill Ruf, Christa was born on March 15, 1990, in Omaha, Neb. ... Nursing major ... One of five children; Amy (26), Darin (25), C.J. (24) and Scott (20) ... Lists her brother Darin, a 20th-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Philles in 2009, as the athlete she most admires ... Darin played baseball at Creighton (2006-09) and was the 2007 MVC Player of the Year ... Mother played softball at Wayne State.
Position: Outfielder
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Westside