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Maria Van Abel
Maria Van Abel

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Kaukauna, Wis.

High School:
Kaukauna

Height:
5-7

Position:
OF

Bats/Throws:
L/R

Honors and Awards: 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: Ranks second at UW with career batting average of .350 ... ninth with 29 stolen bases and 10th with .725 (29-40) stolen base percentage ... 26 sacrifice hits are tied for third

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 ofAshley 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 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, March 1

Hits

5 vs. FGCU, Feb. 16

Doubles N/A
Triples

1 vs. FGCU, Feb. 14

Home Runs N/A
Runs Batted In

2 vs. FGCU, Feb. 16

Walks 1 (5x) MR at Northwestern, March 22
Strikeouts

2 (3x) MR at Northwestern, March 21

Stolen Bases 3 vs. FGCU, Feb. 16
Hitting Streak

7, March 20-

Career Highs
At Bats

5 (2x) MR vs. FGCU, Feb. 16, 2014

Runs 2 (7x) MR vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, March 1, 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 (2x) MR vs. FGCU, Feb. 16, 2014

Walks

2 at Nebraska, May 11, 2012

Strikeouts 2 (5x) MR at Northwestern, March 21, 2014
Stolen Bases

3 vs. FGCU, Feb. 16, 2014

Hitting Streak 7 (2x), MR March 20-

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