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Melissa Marinacci
Melissa Marinacci

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Yorba Linda, Calif.

High School:
Esperanza

Position:
IF

B/T:
L/L


2009: Started in 50 contests, playing in 51 of the 53 games her senior season...fourth-best average on the team...committed only three errors on the year...hit back-to-back homers against Wright State to push the Flames into the championship game on May 9, going 3-for-3 with a team best five RBI...walked four times in a double-header against Northern Illinois on April 8...had a trio of three hit games, with 12 multi-hit contests on the season...named to the all-tournament team after hitting .500 with six runs and a team-leading eight RBI in five games at the championships.

2008: Started in all 57 games...Named All-Horizon League Second Team...recorded a career-high .297 batting average with a personal-best 51 hits, 27 runs scored, 27 RBI and seven RBI...tied for seventh place in the league with a career-high seven home runs...tied for seventh place with 23 hit in league contests...drilled her first collegiate grand slam versus Louisville on March 21...recorded a nine-game hitting streak.

2007: Played in 45 games...earned All-Horizon League Second Team honors...ranked third on the team with a .294 batting average...totaled 30 hits, 16 runs scored, five doubles, 18 RBI and three homers...ranked second in the league with a .500 batting average in Horizon League contests...ranked third in the league with a .844 slugging percentage in league games...batted over .440 in UIC's final 16 games, totaling 22 hits, 12 runs scored, 12 RBI and three home runs.

2006: Appeared in 57 games her rookie season, primarily at first base...named to the 2006 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team...owned a .259 batting average and totaled 38 hits, 23 runs, 26 RBI and four home runs...ranked third on the team with eight doubles...drilled first collegiate home run versus Buffalo on March 18...totaled ten multi-hit games...picked up a season-high four RBI versus Youngstown State on April 14.

Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, Calif...helped the Aztecs to four consecutive Sunset League Championships and two CIF semifinal appearances...recorded a .360 batting average in 2005...totaled 25 hits, six doubles and led the league with two home runs and 25 RBI...garnered several accolades during her prep career at Esperanza, highlighted by Most Valuable Player, First Team All-Sunset League, First Team All-CIF...four-time Scholar Athlete...named Rookie of the Year as a freshman (2002) and Second Team All-Sunset League as a sophomore (2003)...First Team All-CIF Southern Selection in 2005, while being named to the All-County All-Star and Orange County All-Star Teams...2005 Victory Gold 18-and-Under team member...helped the 2003 Batbusters to an ASA 16-and-Under National Championship...2001 ASA All-State team recipient...born Sept. 20, 1986...daughter of Susan and Gene Marinacci...majoring in movement sciences.

CAREER STATS

Year GP-GS AVG. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB/A
2006 57-56 .259 147 23 38 8 1 4 26 13 25 0/0
2007 45-42 .294 102 15 30 5 0 3 18 15 30 0/0
2008 57-57 .297 172 27 51 9 0 7 27 19 28 1/2
2009 51-50 .331 151 19 50 7 1 5 29 17 25 0/1
Totals 210-205 .295 572 84 169 29 2 19 100 64 108 1/3
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