Eleven UIC programs represented with graduates
Flames' student-athletes post collective 3.0 GPA
Junior first baseman is two-time Female Student-Athlete of the Year
Melinda Macias, Kelsey Sturgeon and Ashley Hewett to be recognized Sunday.
Natalie Hernandez had two two-run home runs in the first game.
AS A SENIOR (2012): Served mainly as a pinch hitter, while also finding time at third base ... played in 33 games, starting 13 ... posted a .174 batting average ... in 46 at-bats, she had eight hits and one run ... had two doubles and one home run ... collected nine RBI ... compiled a slugging percentage of ..283 and on-base percentage of .291.
AS A JUNIOR (2011): Played in 28 and started eight games ... scored one run and collected six hits ... posted a season-high two-game hitting streak in the Youngstown State series (April 9) ... produced one run, one hit, three RBI and one home run at Bradley on March 23 ... logged her second career home run against Bradley on March 23 to secure a 6-3 victory over the Braves.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2010): First career home run fell with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to force the Flames' tournament opener to extra innings against Butler on May 13 ... had four multi-hit contests, including a pair of three-hit outings against Southern Illinois (February 12) and Long Beach State (February 20) ... laid down a pair of sacrifice hits against SIUE on March 6 ... scored a pair of runs on two occasions, against Southern Illinois (Feb. 12) and at Detroit (May 1) ... went three-for-three against Southern Illinois on Feb. 12 to help the Flames to a 9-1 victory.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009): Made 23 starts as a freshman, splitting time between third base and serving as a pinch hitter ... first career at bat resulted in a no-count double to outfield ... went 3-for-3 against Ohio State on March 13 in the lone multi-hit game of the season ... recorded a season-high four game hitting streak from March 7-13.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-time letterwinner in softball (center field and third base) at Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.) ... assisted her team to four conference championships ... garnered four sectional and regional championships ... selected as team captain during her senior season ... all-conference selection during her senior campaign ... born May 4, 1990, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. ... has one sister, Kim ... worked within the UIC Athletic Department in Development and Special Events ... greatest athletic thrill to date is winning the Horizon League Conference Championship ... currently enrolled as a communications major.