UIC had honorees from 15 different sports
Flames' student-athletes post collective 3.0 GPA
Natalie Hernandez hit a home run in the bottom of the third inning.
UIC enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed.
Junior Melissa Preish earns first-team accolades.
AS A SENIOR (2012): A four-year started in left field ... named to the All-Horizon League Team (second team) ... collected the most doubles on the team with 10 ... started and played in 50 games ... compiled a .320 batting average ... had 57 hits and 34 runs in 178 at-bats ... had one home run ... collected 19 RBI ... had a slugging percentage of .393 and on-base percentage of .394 ... at her post in left field, captured a .978 fielding percentage with 40 putouts and four assists ... committed a mere one error.
AS A JUNIOR (2011): Played and started in all 49 games ... posted a batting average of .329, second highest on the team ... scored 29 runs and tallied 49 hits ... posted two five-game hitting streaks, once between Feb. 12 and Feb. 18 and once from March 27 and April 3 ... had 14 multi-hit games, four against league opponents ... finished the season with 25 walks, the second most of the season ... went two-for-two with a pair of doubles and three RBI in an 8-0 victory over Delaware on Feb. 20 ... had a three-for-three showing with an RBI and three runs against Santa Clara on March 19.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2010): Lead team in batting average all season long in the leadoff spot, starting all 52 contests in right field ... compiled a .348 batting average in league play with 24 runs, five doubles, three homers and 13 RBI en route to all-Horizon League second team honors ... matched school record with four runs scored at Detroit (May 1) amidst a five RBI outing ... posted 17 multi-hit games on the year and an eight-game hitting streak ... ranked 45th nationally as the `Toughest to Strike Out' and 115th in the doubles per game ... scored the third-most runs against league opponents and had the fifth-most hits at 32 ... opened league play with an 8-for-10 (.800 avg.) in a three-game series at Cleveland State, scoring five runs with a pair of doubles, one home run and three RBI ... named Horizon League Player of the Week after a 10-for-14 (.714 avg.) over five games in San Diego, Calif., with four doubles and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009): Named to the Horizon League all-Newcomer team as the Flames' leader in runs batted in with 32 as a freshman ... started in all but one of her 49 games in the outfield, patrolling the right field in the majority of contests ... finished the season ranked 19th in the country in terms of `toughest to strike out' ... led the team with 12 sacrifice hits. ... posted 12 multi-hit games, including a trio of three-hit games on the season ... went on a seven-game hitting streak from April 8 to the 22nd ... posted a season-high four RBI against Northern Illinois (April 8), which saw her blast her first career home run on Flames Field ... committed a mere three errors on the season ... hit back-to-back doubles against St. Louis on March 25 ... closed out the home season with a two-run home run against DePaul on April 29 ... drove in the Flames' two runs against Cleveland State in the Horizon League Championship game on May 10.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-time letterwinner in softball (outfield) at Don Antonio Lugo (Calif.) ... served as team captain during her senior season ... earned all-conference honors during her senior season ... four-time all-Mt. Baldy League selection ... helped her team to three league championships ... hit .488 as a junior and .456 as a senior ... bats and throws left ... graduated with highest honors ... born Nov. 23, 1990, in West Covina, Calif. ... daughter of Aurelio and Lori Macias ... greatest athletic thrill to date is winning the Horizon League Championship, and advancing to the NCAA Regional Tournament ... currently enrolled as an accounting major.