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Maria Van Abel
Maria Van Abel

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kaukauna, Wis.

High School:
Kaukauna

Height:
5-7

Position:
OF

Bats/Throws:
L/R

Honors and Awards: Capital One Academic All-District softball team in the sixth district (2014) ... Academic All-Big Ten (2014) ... NFCA Division I All-America Scholar-Athlete (2012-13) ... named to Big Ten All-Tournament team (2013) ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2013) ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree (2013) ... Academic All-Big Ten (2013) ... UW's Coaches Award winner (2012)

Career: Holds second best batting average (.332) and sacrifice hits (34) ... third most stolen bases with 52 ... ranks sixth with .791 (53-67) stolen base percentage

2014: Started in all 56 games ... began the season recording a hit in 12 of 15 games, including a career-high five hits against Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 14 ... one of two players in UW history to post five hits in a game ... reached base three times at Cal State Fullerton, picking up two hits and a HBP (3/9) ... went 2-for-4 against Detroit with two runs (3/20) ... scored two runs and drove in two more against North Dakota (4/9)

2013: Played in all 57 games, starting in 55 ... named NFCA Division I All-America Scholar-Athlete ... named to Big Ten All-Tournament team ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree ... Academic All-Big Ten ... recorded a career high two RBI at Iowa (3/29) ... had 12 multi-hit games, including a pair of hits in the Big Ten tournament title game and against BYU in NCAA regional game ... recorded a six game hit streak from Feb. 23-March 1

2012: Finished the year first in UW freshman single-season batting average (.354) and stolen bases (17) ... third in sacrifice hits (13) ... fourth in OBP (.393) ... tied for 10th in OPS (.747) ... finished fourth in Big Ten in stolen bases (13) ... 10th for overall batting average (.354) ... played in all 53 games with 44 starts ... recorded first career hit as a pinch hitter against Arkansas (2/19) ... scored first career run against St. John's (2/25) ... made first career start against Maryland (2/25) ... recorded three hits in six games ... had a seven-game hit streak from March 9-18

High School: Four-year member of the varsity softball team at Kaukauna H.S. ... team was Wisconsin state champions junior year ... named first team all-conference all four years ... senior year team ranked fifth in the nation ... senior year awarded first team all-conference, first team all-district and first team all-state ... received Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete award and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association Leadership award senior year ... led the conference senior year in batting average and slugging percentage ... also a four-year letterwinner on the varsity volleyball team ... team was state champions senior year

Personal: Parents Mike and Diane ... older siblings Joe, Laura and Leah ... enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going up north and watching Wisconsin sporting events ... sister, Laura, played softball at UW-Stevens point and dad, Mike, played football for UW-Oshkosh ... High School teammate of Ashley Van Zeeland ... major is undecided

Why Wisconsin: "Being born and raised in Wisconsin, becoming a Badger athlete was always something I dreamed to be since I was young. Playing here at Madison, my home-state, and representing Wisconsin makes being at this University even more special for me. The quality of a degree that I will receive here, along with the excitement of Badger athletics, makes UW so unique."

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Season Highs
At Bats 5 vs. FGCU, Feb. 16
Runs 2 (5x) MR vs. Nebraska, April 30
Hits 5 vs. FGCU, Feb. 16
Doubles N/A
Triples 1 vs. FGCU, Feb. 14
Home Runs N/A
Runs Batted In 2 (2x) MR vs. North Dakota, April 9
Walks 1 (8x) MR vs. Nebraska, April 30
Strikeouts 3 at Michigan, May 4
Stolen Bases 3 vs. FGCU, Feb. 16
Hitting Streak 7, March 20-30
Career Highs
At Bats 5 (2x) MR vs. FGCU, Feb. 16, 2014
Runs 2 (10x) MR vs. Illinois, April 11, 2014
Hits 5 vs. FGCU, Feb. 16, 2014
Doubles N/A
Triples 1 vs. FGCU, Feb. 14, 2014
Home Runs N/A
Runs Batted In 2 (3x) MR vs. North Dakota, April 9, 2014
Walks 2 at Nebraska, May 11, 2014
Strikeouts 3 at Michigan, May 4, 2014
Stolen Bases 3 vs. FGCU, Feb. 16, 2014
Hitting Streak 7 (2x), MR March 20-30, 2014

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