Cal Softball BIO
Danielle Henderson
Player Profile:
Danielle Henderson 1251650
Position: Infield
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Elk Grove, Calif.
High School: Sheldon HS
Major: Sociology
Experience: 3 Letters
Career Highlights:
  • 2x All-Pac-12 First Team (2015, 2014)
  • NFCA All-Pacific First Team Utility (2015)
  • Pac-12 All-Defensive Selection (2015)
  • NFCA All-Pacific Region Second Team (2014)
  • NFCA All-Pacific Region First Team (2013)
  • 2x All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2012, 2013)
  • 2x Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention (2013, 2014)
  • All-Freshman Team (2012)
  • Drafted second overall by the Dallas Charge in the 2015 NPF Draft

As a Senior (2015):

An All-Pacific First Team Utility player…Named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and All-Defensive First-Team…Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention for the third consecutive season…Started all 57 games of 2015… Split time at catcher and third base, where she was nearly perfect, recording just one error with 133 putouts and 42 assists for a .994 fielding percentage…Batted .387 with eight doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and a team-leading .775 slugging percentage and .562 on base percentage…22nd in the nation and second in the Pac-12 for on base percentage…11th in the nation and third in the Pac-12 for walks…Second all-time at Cal for career home runs with 54, just one long ball behind two-time All-American Veronica Nelson…Among Cal’s career records, also ranks third for slugging percentage (.644) and walks (165), fourth for total bases (.389) and fifth for RBIs (166)…With 15 home runs in 2015, was one homer shy of matching the fifth-best total for home runs in Cal’s single season records…Her slugging percentage of .775 in 2015 is good for fourth-highest in single-season records at Cal…16 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games with two game-winning runs scored and five game-winning hits…Drew six walks and scored four runs in NCAA Regional action while batting .500…Hit .500 in the Washington series, including six RBIs… Batted .714 in the UNLV series with two home runs, five runs scored and three walks…Turned in a .571 batting average in the Arizona State series with two home runs and five walks…Launched a 3-run homer to lift Cal to victory over UC Riverside, where she was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs…Team-best eight hits and two homers at the UNLV Rebel Classic…Led Cal with five walks at the Mary Nutter Classic …Doubled a team-leading three times at the Fresno St. Kickoff…Turned in a team-leading six RBIs at the Kajikawa Classic…Was .333 or better in four of five preseason tournaments – Kajikawa (.333), Fresno St. Kickoff (.533), Malihini Kipa Aloha (.364) and Rebel Classic (.571)…Grand slam in her first at bat of the season, against BYU (Feb. 6)…Drafted 2nd overall by the Dallas Charge in the 2015 NPF Draft

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.

2012 .283 64-64 166 37 47 6 0 16 47 .608 31 4 54 .404 1-1 .978
.299 57-57 154 30 46 4 1 11 34 .552 35 6 31 .442 2-2 .934
2014 .345 52-52 142 33 49 6 1 12 37 .655 43 2 20 .503 2-2 .952
2015 .387 57-57 142 48 55 8 1 15 48 .775 56 2 18 .562 0-0 .994
.326 230-230 604 148 197 24 3 54 166 .644 165 14 123 .477 5-5 .965
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