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.