Edel Leyden
Edel Leyden


Irvine, CA

High School:



2001: Played in 66 games for the Flames in all three outfield positions as well as third base?earned a spot on the All-Great Lakes Region First Team?named to the All-MCC First Team for the third straight season?also earned a spot on the MCC All-Tournament team after batting .429 to help lead UIC to the title?led the team with a .383 (79-for-206) batting average?third on the squad with a career-high six home runs and fourth with a personal-best 41 RBI?had 23 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games during the year?homered in her final at-bat of the season at the 2001 NCAA Region IV Championships versus Tennessee-Chattanooga?moved into fifth with the blast in the UIC career record book for hits with 258?drove in a career-best six runs, going 2-for-2 with two home runs, including a grand slam, versus St. Francis (NY) on Mar. 15 ?owned a 10-game hitting streak between April 28 and May 11?tallied a hit in 30 of her last 34 games of the season?stole seven bases in 10 attempts.

2000: A member of the All-MCC First Team, as well as MCC All-Tournament team?led the team in hits with 79 while owning a team-best .413 on-base percentage?tied the school record for hits in game with four versus Massachusetts on March 13?opened the season with an eight-game hitting streak?went 12-for-25 at the plate during the streak with two home runs and seven RBI?led the squad with 22 multi-hit games?her 53 runs scored was the fifth-highest total in UIC single-season history?fanned just 18 times in 243 at-bats?expanded her role during the season, splitting time between the hot corner and right field?when she has roamed the outfield, the Flames owned a 10-2 record while they held a 39-22 slate with her positioned at third base ?second on the team with a .325 batting average while adding five homeruns, a single-season best, and 26 RBI.

1999: Had one of the most successful offensive seasons of any freshman in school history?First Team All-MCC and MCC All-Newcomer selection?also named Second Team All-Great Lakes Region?chosen to the MCC Championship All-Tournament Team?established UIC single-season records for hits (100), walks (46) and runs scored (78)?also posted the highest batting average by a Flame since Sandy Wichelecki batted a school-best .420 in 1981?ranked as high as 20th in the nation in batting average during the year?put together a 15-game hitting streak from March 26-April 14?tied a UIC single-game record with four runs scored versus Radford and against Northwestern?named MVP of the UTA/Pepsi Classic in Arlington, Texas in February?had 26 multi-hit games?drove in a season-high three runs in a victory over Winthrop?homered in consecutive games versus Winthrop and Lafayette?had a 13-game hitting streak from Feb. 7-21?smacked three hits in a game on eight occasions?batted lead-off for the final two months of the season after opening the year at the No. 2 spot in the order?her 46 walks ranks 12th in NCAA history.

High School: Selected as the Irvine High School 1998 Athlete of the Year?first-team all-conference and all-county honoree?named the Cal-Hi Sports Magazine Player of the Year?lettered three years each in softball and cross country?batted .463 with five home runs and 24 RBI as a senior?honor roll student.

Personal: Daughter of Timothy and Margaret Leyden?born June 17, 1980 in Ireland?majoring in elementary education.