Softball Alum Natalie Hernandez Wraps Up Season with Chicago Bandits

Natalie Hernandez during Cancer Awareness Night at the Ballpark at Rosemont.
Natalie Hernandez during Cancer Awareness Night at the Ballpark at Rosemont.
Aug. 27, 2014

CHICAGO – UIC softball alum Natalie Hernandez recently concluded her first season with the National Pro Fastpitch’s Chicago Bandits, whom she signed with following open tryouts in May 2014. Hernandez and the Bandits went 30-18 and ended their season in the semifinal round of the NPF Championship Series to the Akron Racers.

“This summer was a great experience playing alongside and against the best softball players in the nation,” Hernandez said. “It helped me become a better softball player by pushing me to be the best.”

Hernandez competed in 19 games throughout the season, during which time the Bandits went 13-6. She recorded eight hits, including a home run against the Racers in a 12-8 win on May 30 that served as her first-career hit in the NPF. Hernandez additionally tallied five RBI and four runs.

On Aug. 16, the Bandits celebrated Cancer Awareness Night, with the team wearing lavender jerseys that were auctioned off throughout the game. BH, the initials of Hernandez’s mom Bonnie, who lost her battle with cancer this summer, donned the sleeves of the jerseys. Proceeds from the auction benefited various cancer charities including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Bear Necessities and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Hernandez will return to Flames Field on Sept. 6, when the UIC softball program hosts its annual alumni game. A short program is set for 3 p.m. CT with the slow-pitch game to follow.