Unkenholz, a native of Hoover, Ala., attended Hoover High School from 1995-98 and had a stellar career for the Buccaneers. She helped lead her team to a dominating 63-1 record as a junior as Hoover won its first state championship in school history. The Bucs repeated as state champions in her senior season as Unkenholz was named the Alabama State Player of the Year. Unkenholz was also honored as the Birmingham Metro Player of the Year for Class 6A and was selected as the Kiwanis Club Player of the Year.
Unkenholz was named her team's MVP from 1996-98 and served as team captain in 1998. She was a two-time All-State selection in 1997 and 1998 and was named the Jefferson County Player of the Year in 1998.
She lettered all four seasons while at Troy and was named an NCAA All-American Scholar. Unkenholz accumulated a record of 60-36 on the mound during her collegiate career and is Troy's all-time leader in wins. She finished her career with a sparkling 1.20 ERA, which is second-lowest in school history.
Her 117 appearances for the Trojans is tops in school history and her 52 complete games and 17 shutouts are each also a school-best. Unkenholz is Troy's all-time leader in innings pitched (629.1) and strikeouts (431).
Unkenholz struck out 143 batters in 2001 while pitching 199.2 innings, which are both school single-season records. She also tossed a single-season record 10 shutouts that season.
She received her bachelor's degree from Troy in Information Systems with a minor in business administration in December, 2002. Unkenholz is single and resides in Hoover.