Illini win third-straight series and extends winning streak to eight games
Former Illini second baseman set to defend 2011 NPF Championship
Illini close home schedule with World's Largest Softball Tailgate, Senior Day vs. Penn State
Orange and Blue look to improve to 7-1 against Salukis all-time
Softball to compete in its second BTN broadcast in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Danielle Zymkowitz concluded her first season as a student assistant coach with the Fighting Illini in 2012 following a stellar four year career representing the Orange and Blue. Zymkowitz assisted in all aspects of the program while completing her undergraduate work at Illinois, helping in the development of the Illinois bats while also working on basepath and fielding skills.
From 2008-11, Zymkowitz was the starting second baseman for the Fighting Illini, earning First Team All-Big Ten during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons while becoming the first two-time NFCA All-America honoree in program history. At the completion of her four seasons, Zymkowitz owned the Illinois career records for batting average (.384), hits (277), run scored (202), stolen bases (91), stolen base attempts (106) and stolen base percentage (.858).
In addition to her work with the Illini, Zymkowitz earned a spot on the Chicago Bandits roster following the 2011 collegiate season and played an integral role in the Bandits earning the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship. Zymkowitz batted .298 on the season, the sixth-best on the year across all of the NPF, scoring the eighth-most runs (16) in the leauge while driving in 10 more against All-American pitchers such as Cat Osterman, Danielle Lawrie and Kristina Thorson. Due to Zymkowitz's physical and mental abilities as a softball player, the Bandits resigned the West Hills, Calif., native for the 2012 season - as the squad looks to defend in NPF Cowles Cup Championship.