Danielle Zymkowitz
Danielle Zymkowitz


West Hills, Calif.

High School:
Chaminade College Prep





Offense Backs Gay's 16th Career Shutout in 10-0 Win over Spartans

Illini win third-straight series and extends winning streak to eight games

2011 - Senior: NFCA Third Team All-American ... All-Big Ten First Team ... NFCA Midwest All-Region First Team ... Lowe's Senior CLASS Second Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Totaled her best statistical season ever while starting all 49 contests at second base ... Hit .425 with 71 hits, including six triples, four doubles and an inside-the-park home run ... Totaled a team-leading 52 runs scored, the third-most in the conference, to go with 23 RBIs ... Also drew 22 walks and one hit by pitch to earn a .495 on-base percentage, the highest among all Illini ... Stole 21 bases on the season, her third consecutive year with 20 or more thefts ... Increased production as the leadoff hitter for the Illini once conference play began, leading the Big Ten for conference-only statistics in batting average (.587), runs scored (23) and hits (37), placed second for on-base percentage (.662), sat alone in third with 44 total bases and tied for third with 11 stolen bases while tying for fifth in fielding double plays (4) ... Finished 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored against Pittsburgh on Feb. 19, also stealing two bases during the game ... Was 2-for-3 with two runs scored against Fordham while playing stellar defense at second base, making two acrobatic plays to secure the 4-1 victory ... Totaled two hits, including her Big Ten-leading fifth triple, to go with two RBIs and a run scored against Bradley on March 30 ... Finished the two-game series with Penn State hitting .800 (4-for-5) while drawing two walks to increase her on base percentage to nearly 86%. Also totaled four RBIs and four runs scored against the Nittany Lions ... Went 5-for-7 (.714) with four runs scored and three RBIs over a doubleheader with Purdue on April 13, reaching base in all but one plate appearance following two walks ... Imposed her will on the Michigan pitching staff, finishing 5-for-7 with three runs scored and one RBI in an April 17 doubleheader. Zymkowitz was especially successful against Jordan Taylor in the first game, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI ... Went 2-for-4 with a run scored against Wisconsin on April 23, starting the pivotal three-run eighth inning with a single ... Dominated the Northwestern pitching staff, going 5-for-7 with two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base - tying her for the top spot in program record in total career base thefts ... Produced her second 4-for-4 game of the season at Iowa on May 4, driving in three runs and scoring three more while connecting for a double and an inside-the-park home run. Also stole her 88th career base, moving her into sole possession of first place in program history ... Wrap up the Iowa doubleheader with a 2-for-4, two-RBI and one run scored performance to finish 6-for-8 (.750) on the day with five RBIs and four runs scored ... Walked and scored the winning run in the ninth inning at Minnesota during a 2-0 victory on May 13.

2010 - Junior: All-Big Ten First Team ... NFCA Midwest All-Region First Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... One of six Illini to start all 53 contests in 2010 ... Imrpoved on her 2009 All-American season by batting .409 on the season, the fifth-best seasonal mark in school history ... Led Illinois in plate appearances with 186 while totaling a team-high 76 hits, a single-season record, including eight doubles, two triples and one home run ... Scored a team-high 59 runs, the second-most for one year for an Illini ... on-base percentage of .469 was second among Illini ... Walked 20 times against only 15 strikeouts ... Was 36-for-37 in stolen base attempts, accounting for nearly 65% of the Illini's successful steals and 60% of their stolen base attempts ... Hit .394 against Big Ten pitching, totaling 26 hits in 66 plate appearances ... Was a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts in conference play ... Fourth in the Big Ten in batting average among those who accumulated at least 150 at-bats on the season ... Led the Big Ten in hits and was third in runs scored and stolen bases ... Went 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and one RBI in the Illini's season-opening 8-0 win at UNLV ... Went 3-for-3 with a run scored and RBI against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 13 ... Followed with a 2-for-3, two runs scored performance against Kent State on Feb. 14 ... Knocked in two runs on two hits against Arkansas on Feb. 28 ... Went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI against Florida Gulf Coast ... Was a perfect 2-for-2 with three walks, three runs scored and one RBI against Northwestern on April 3 ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored against Wisconsin during World's Largest Softball Tailgate on April 24 ... Was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a home run against DePaul during NCAA Regional action on May 22 ... Totaled 25 multi-hit games on the season, including nine games with three hits ... Had two 10-game hitting streaks on the season, the only Illini to do so (2/13-2/26 and 4/21-5/12) ... Received the Illinois Gold Glove Award for the third consecutive season in addition to taking home Igniter and Illini Power honors.

2009 - Sophomore: NFCA Third Team All-American ... First Team NFCA Midwest All-Region ... First team All-Big Ten ... USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week (3/24) ... Big Ten Player of the Week (2/9 & 3/24) ... ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Second All-American in program history ... Batted .401, ranking second in the Big Ten for 2009 and currently sixth in Illinois' single-season history ... Played and started in all 46 games at second base ... Her 48 runs scored ranked first in the Big Ten ... Had 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts ... Also ranked first on the team in hits (63), at-bats (147), triples (2), on-base percentage (.484) and multi-hit games (17) ... Picked up three or more hits in eight games ... Named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week on March 24 after batting .900 while slugging 1.500 through three games against Penn State and Illinois State, finishing the week with six singles, three doubles, seven runs scored and five RBIs ... Was 8-for-8 with five RBIs and five runs in Illinois' sweep over Penn State on March 21-22 ... Opened the season with a 15-game hitting streak from Feb. 6-27, the second-longest streak in school history ... Also hit safely in six consecutive games from Feb. 28 through March 24 ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 9 after opening the season 7-for-7 with four RBIs in Illini wins over Boise State and James Madison ... Was 3-for-3 against Wisconsin on April 4 ... Hit first career home run on Feb. 28 at No. 2 Florida ... Hit triples against James Madison (Feb. 6) and Wisconsin (April 4) ... Named Illinois' Most Valuable Player and also earned the Illinois Gold Glove and Igniter Awards.

2008 - Freshman: Played and started all 62 games at second base ... Ranked second on the team in runs (43) and hits (67) and was third in batting average (.318) ... Stole 14 bases ... Had a seven-game hitting streak from March 8-21 ... Had 18 multi-hit games on the season, including five with three or more hits ... Went 3-for5 with one run scored against Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 9 ... Followed with 3-of-4 performance with three runs scored on Feb. 10 against Florida Gulf Coast ... Was a perfect 4-for-4 against Florida International on Feb. 22 and No. 22 San Diego State on March 22 ... Went 4-for-9 with one double and three runs scored during a doubleheader with Illinois-Chicago ... Went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and one RBI in the second game of a doubleheader against Bradley on April 9 ... Had three triples throughout the year, including one each in back-to-back games against Florida Gulf Coast and Cal Poly on Feb. 10 and 15 ... Earned team Gold Glove Award.

High School: Three-time Female Athlete of the Year honoree at Chaminade ... Earned back-to-back All-Mission League first team honors ... Led high school to the Mission League and CIF championships under coach John Ellinghouse ... Named Daily News All-Area first team and All-CIF second team as a junior ... Hit .404 and stole 29 bases in 2006 ... Named a Scholar Athlete three times ... Led Valley Breeze ASA Team to nationals in 2004 and 2006 under coach Tom Sotelo ... Also played for the SoCal Diamonds, SoCal Pumas and SoCal Athletics.

Personal: Born July 4, 1989 ... Daughter of Rich and Marie Zymkowitz ... Sister, Madison, is a freshman outfielder at Long Island University ... Majoring in communication ... Enjoys water sports and basketball.

Getting to Know Danielle: Favorite Food: Cereal ... Favorite TV Shows: American Idol and The Office ... Favorite Musician: Carrie Underwood ... Favorite Pro Team: Los Angeles Lakers ... Dream Job: Work for ESPN ... Why Illinois? "The traditions and going to all the sports events." ... What I've learned from Coach Sullivan: "Every day is a great day to be an Illini. I am proud to be an Illini!"

Zymkowitz's Career Statistics

Year Avg. GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB Slg. % BB HBP OB % SF SH SB-Att. PO A E Fld. %
2008 .318 62-62 211 43 67 5 3 0 10 78 .370 16 0 .364 1 4 14-22 117 123 6 .976
2009 .401 46-46 157 48 63 8 2 2 22 81 .516 22 3 .484 0 3 20-21 106 80 3 .984
2010 .409 53-53 186 59 76 8 2 1 23 91 .489 20 1 .469 0 1 36-37 107 90 4 .980
2011 .425 49-49 167 52 71 4 6 1 23 90 .539 22 1 .495 0 1 21-26 112 86 10 .952
Totals .384 210-210 721 202 277 25 13 4 78 340 .472 80 1 .449 1 9 91-106 442 376 23 .973