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#8 Danielle Henderson
Position: Infield
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Elk Grove, Calif.
High School: Sheldon HS
Major: Sociology
Experience: 3 Letters
Career Highlights:
  • NFCA All-Pacific Region First Team (2013)
  • NFCA All-Pacific Region Second Team (2014)
  • All-Pac-12 First Team (2014)
  • 2x All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2012, 2013)
  • 2x Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention (2013, 2014)
  • All-Freshman Team (2012)

As a Junior (2014):

Selected to the NFCA All-Pacific Second Team and All-Pac-12 First Team…Earned her second consecutive Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention award…Started all 52 games of the 2014 season, with all but four at third base…17 multi-hit games with a team leading 11 multi-RBI games, including seven games with three RBIs…Reached base in 12 straight games and had a seven-game hit streak…Led the team in on base percentage (.503) and walks (43)…Second on the team for runs scored (33), RBI (37), triples (1), home runs (12), slugging percentage (.655) and total bases (93)…Third on the team for batting average (.345), hits (49), doubles (6)…Batted .316 in Pac-12 play with 11 runs scored and four home runs, plus a team-leading 16 RBIs…Batted .375 (3-for-8) in the series against No. 2 UCLA…2-for-5 (.400) with a run, three walks and a homer against No. 7  ASU…Tallied a career-high four hits at Oregon State (3/30)…Hit two doubles for the first time in a game against Princeton (3/22), and matched her career-high three runs…Hit her second collegiate triple vs. Cal State Fullerton (2/15)

As a Sophomore (2013):

An All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and NFCA All-Pacific Region First Team selection...Also named a Pac-12 All-Academic  Honorable Mention…The only player to start all 57 games of the 2013 campaign...Led the team in walks (35), sac flies (2) and on-base percentage (.442)...Second on the team in home runs (11), slugging percentage (.552) and RBI (34)...Had 10 multi-RBI and 12 multi-hit games with a four-game hit streak (4/6-4/11)... Batted .455 in Regional play with a double, two home runs and two RBI with a 1.091 slugging percentage...Finished the regular season batting .287 with 27 runs scored, 32 RBI and nine home runs...Hit her first career triple vs. Washington (5/11)...Matched her career-high three walks in a single game vs. Stanford (5/3)...Responsible for two of three runs scored in a 3-1 win over Oregon (4/6) after hitting a career-high two home runs in a single game...Batted .429 vs. Oregon with three hits, all of them home runs, and five RBI in the series...One of four Bears to homer in a doubleheader against Arizona (4/2) to contribute to six California home runs between two games...Contributed a three RBI home run to help Bears to first conference win against Utah in series opener (3/22)...Named to the Chevron Spring Fling All-Tournament Team...Scored Cal's only run against Hawai'i (3/14) for the win...Went 3-for-3 against Saint Mary's (3/10) with one run scored... Went 2-for-2 against both Northwestern and Cal Poly to go 4-for-4 (3/1) on the day with two runs scored...Set a career-best four RBI vs. Indiana (2/10).

As a Freshman (2012):

Played 64 games for the Blue & Gold, starting as third baseman...made just four errors...batted .283...Hit a home run at the Berkeley Regional plus four RBI...Hit 16 home runs for 47 RBI

High School:

Led Sheldon to 2008-2009 CIF championships and a 2009 Nike Faster to First title...The 2009 squad was ranked first in the nation by USA Today/NFCA...Three-time scholar-athlete...Thrice named to the All-Delta River League First Team...Played volleyball her junior year...2011 Sacramento Bee Player of the Year...2011 ESPN RISE West Player of the Week...Placed on the 2011 All-California Team...Three-time Rivercats' All-City Team

Club Ball:

Played at the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game...2010 ESPN Rise All-State Softball First Team...Won 2008 16U nationals with Lady Magic Softball in Kentucky...Lady Magic took second at the 2010 Colorado Independence Tournament...Co-champions of16U Batbusters Best of the West


Parents are Mickey and Joe Henderson, both of whom attended Idaho State...Best sports moment was when her Lady Magic team won 16U nationals in 2008, when she made the last out of the game by catching a line drive from a slapper...Goes by the nickname "Hendu"...older sister and brother Jolene and David also attended Cal


Intended sociology major -- would like to become a physical therapist and purse a career as a professional softball player.

Why I have my number:

I have had No. 8 because my mom chose it when I started softball. It was her favorite number so I have never changed it. When I didn't make the All-Star team, my sister (Jolene Henderson) wore No. 8 for me.

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