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    June 27, 2013

    CHICAGO - Shortstop Natalie Hernandez enters her senior season after being an impact player for UIC since her rookie campaign. In 2013, she paced UIC in multi-hit games with 19, including eight games where she had three hits.

    "Natalie has been an impact player for us, both offensively and defensively," head UIC softball coach Michelle Venturella said. "She plays the game hard and is very knowledgeable, which enables her to play at a high level. She is one of our vocal leaders, which has sparked us time and time again, whether it is making a great defensive play or coming up with a timely hit that we need. She continues to be a student-of-the-game, which makes her battle each day she steps on the field."

    Hernandez led the team on offense with a .376 batting average and a .514 slugging percentage. In addition to her 19 multi-hit games, she had six multi-RBI contests.

    Hernandez was not only a leader for the Flames, but with 173 at-bats, she had 65 hits; the most in the League. She had the third-most triples and posted the fourth-highest batting average with the .376 mark. She had the fifth-most doubles with 12. She was a 2012-13 Horizon League Honor Roll member and was named the Horizon League Hitter of the Week on April 8, 2013.

    Hernandez was featured on ESPNW in an article written by Andrew Linnehan titled "Swinging Away For Mom". Read Linnehan's feature here.