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    11  Sara Hernandez
    Sara Hernandez

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Rowland Heights, Calif.

    High School:
    Rowland

    Position:
    3B

    B/T:
    R/R


    2005 Notes: All-Horizon League First Team honoree...started all 67 games for the Flames...set career-high numbers in almost every offensive category, batting a personal-best .338 with 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 42 RBI...one of three Flames to hit 10 or more home runs...second on the team with 24 multi-hit games...struck out just 16 times in 246 trips to the plate...finished the year on a nine-game hitting streak while batting .514 in the month of May...posted a .450 (27-for-60) average in Horizon League games with six homers and 22 RBI...named the Batting Champion of the Horizon League Tournament while also earning a spot on the all-tournament team after hitting .643 (9-for-14) at the event with three home runs and six RBI...hit a three-run homer in her final collegiate at bat versus UW-Green Bay on May 13th...tied the UIC single-game hit record with four hits on two occasions, reaching the high-water mark last versus Wright State on May 13th...named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the period ending April 4th...went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a career-high five RBI versus Butler on April 26th...recorded her first career multi-home run game at Loyola on April 17th...went 2-for-4 with an RBI against then-#10 Oklahoma on March 4th.

    2004 Notes: Started all 65 games for the Flames at third base...named to the All-Horizon League Tournament Team after batting .417 with three RBI at the event...ranked second on the squad with 39 runs scored while she rated third in home runs with five and RBI with 31...her five round-trippers was a career best while she tied her career-high for RBI...recorded a hit in four of UIC's five NCAA Regional games and 16 of the Flames' last 18 games overall ...tied her career high with four RBI in game two of a doubleheader at San Jose State on March 23rd...tallied game-winning single in the Flames' come-from-behind win versus Mercer on March 4th ... collected 13 multi-hit and five multi-RBI games.

    2003 Notes: Lone Flame to start in all 57 games during the season, playing third base in each outing...earned All-Horizon League First Team recognition...batted .253 (42-for-166) with eight doubles, three home runs and a team-high 31 RBI...batting average went up to .321 (18-for-56) versus league competition...led UIC with eight multi-RBI games while owning eight multi-hit outings...recorded a career-long nine-game hitting streak between April 12-26...went 5-for-7 at the plate with six RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Butler on April 3rd...tied her season-high with three RBI on two other occasions - vs. South Florida (Feb. 8th) and vs. Loyola (May 9th)...batted .340 (18-for-53) in the month of April...tabbed three hits in a game on two occasions - vs. South Florida (Feb. 8th) and vs. Butler (April 3rd).

    2002 Notes: Played in all 65 games for UIC at third base during her rookie campaign...batted .295 (54-for-183) with three home runs and 29 RBI...named to the All-Horizon League Second Team and Horizon League All-Newcomer Team...also earned a spot on the Horizon League All-Tournament Team after batting .455 with six RBI and five runs scored during the three-day event...owned a season-long eight-game hitting streak between April 9-16...hit a first-inning grand slam that sparked the Flames to a 5-2 upset of then #9 Nebraska at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Feb. 22...recorded 14 multi-hit and six multi-RBI outings as a freshman.

    Prep Notes: Lettered all four years at third base for Rowland High School in Rowland Heights, Calif...was voted All-Sierra League after all four years of her prep career...received Honorable Mention All-Valley recognition after her rookie season...sophomore year she earned Second-Team All-Valley...was then a First-Team All-Valley honoree her junior and senior years...her sophomore year she was offensively strong, leading her conference with eight home runs, 60 hits, and 40 RBIs...led her team her junior year in hits and RBI while posting a .545 batting average...stayed hot at the plate her senior year with a .458 batting average...named to the Rowland High School Hall of Fame her senior year...also honored with the 2001 Player of the Year award...excelled off the field as well, being named to the Rowland High School Honor Roll all four years.

    Personal Notes: Daughter of Craig and Diane Hernandez...born March 28, 1983...majoring in Special Education.