Softball


Angelena Mexicano
Angelena Mexicano
9

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Jose, Calif.

High School:
Mt. Pleasant

Height:
5-4

Position:
IF

Bats/Throws:
R/R

2008 Highlights:
• Set the single-season Big Ten home run record (24) and total bases record (160)
• Broke Illinois career records for home runs (51), RBI (164), runs (167), total bases (415) and slugging percentage (.597)
• Set new single season records for both RBI (62) and runs (65)
• Five runs scored against Illinois State on April 16th set a new single game record
• Named Big Ten Player of the Week on March 31st

2007 Highlights:
• Named Second Team All-Great Lakes Region
• Claimed the team's Igniter Award
• Tri-captain, the first in Illini history
• Tied with teammate Shanna Diller for the Illinois single-season home run record with 16, which also ranks 17th nationally
• Also ranked 18th nationally in runs per game
• Set Illinois' single-season runs scored record with 56, while also having the third best single-season slugging percentage mark (.676) and posting the fourth most doubles (13), tying her mark from 2006
• Named Big Ten Player of the Week on March 20 after batting .579 (11-for-19) with four doubles, four home runs nine runs scored and six RBI for a 1.421 slugging percentage at the Capital Classic
• Had 10 runs scored in the Ohio State, Penn State weekend to break the Illini single-season runs scored record, now with 55 for the year
• Had three hits in the first inning, including two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored as Illinois sent 21 batters to the plate and scored 16 runs vs. Sacramento State
• Hit a home run in her first at-bat of the season and was 3-for-4 with three runs scored in the season-opening victory over No. 20 Louisville
• Had the only Illinois hit against All-American Monica Abbott in 5-0 loss to Tennessee
• Her three-run home run vs. BYU keyed a six-run sixth inning Feb. 17
• One of five Illinois players batting .300 or better
• Ranks fifth in Illini history with 102 RBI, third in career home runs (27), third in doubles (32), and sixth in runs scored (102)
• Ranks second in home runs (16) and runs scored (56), seventh in slugging (.676), and fifth in total bases (125) in the Big Ten
• Leadoff home run against Arizona State on 3/24
• Batted .316 with a .579 slugging percentage with six runs scored in the Diamond Devil Invitational
• Had a three-run home run in the second inning and a solo home run in the fifth giving the Illini a 5-4 lead, but Indiana came back to win 6-5 on April 1
• Had a stretch of five home runs in eight games from April 1-April 20
• Had a hit in 40 of Illinois' 55 games

2006 Highlights
• Had six home runs and 24 RBI in a 12-game span in early April
• Led the Big Ten in RBI with 45
• Had six home runs and a Big Ten-leading 23 RBI in conference play
• Hit a walk-off grand slam in Illinois' 7-5 victory at Penn State to complete the first-ever sweep at PSU
• Hit two home runs and drove in six during the game
• The six RBI tie an Illinois single-game record
• Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in doubles (13)
• Hit her first career home run -- a grand slam vs. Tulsa. In that game went 3-for-5 with five RBI
• Had seven RBI in the doubleheader vs. Loyola
• Had six RBI in a doubleheader vs. Wisconsin
• Moved into seventh on Illinois' all-time doubles list (19)
• Used her speed and power to produce an extra base in 24 of her 48 hits
• Hit two home runs vs. Michigan State giving Illinois two double-digit home run hitters in the same season for the first time

2005 Highlights:
• Started every game, the first 28 at second base, the last 22 at shortstop
• Was 2-for-3 with two RBI vs. Louisiana Monroe
• Had a two-run double in collegiate debut vs. Centenary

High School:
• Four-time First-Team All-Conference
• Four-time team MVP. Earned honors for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Athlete of the Year at Mt. Pleasant High School
• Named Senior of the Year for the Blossom Valley Athletic League (BVAL) coached by Manual Resendez
• During the summer session, she batted .378 with five doubles, three home runs, and 22 RBI after batting .429 with one double, two triples, one home run and eight RBI during the fall.
• Played for the prestigious San Jose Strikkers (coached by Ernie Garcia and Tom Sorci), which placed ninth at the national tournament held in Salem, Ore.
• Had her number 9 retired by the Strikkers 16U team
• Played outside hitter and backrow for the Mt. Pleasant volleyball team.

Personal:
• Born April 10, 1986
• Daughter of Michael Mexicano and Geralyn Conway
• One of five sisters
• Received the Marine Corps Award, the Cal Hi Sports Award
• Earned the Athlete Scholar Award
• Majoring in advertising

Getting to know Angelena...


Nickname: Mex, Mexy, Nina
Favorite Food: Italian and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Favorite TV show: The Family Guy
Favorite Musical Group: Gwen Stefani, Black Eyed Peas and Gorillaz
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
I chose my jersey number because...: It was the first number I was given when I was nine years old.
Opposing school you look forward to competing against: Northwestern
If you weren't playing softball, which sport would you want to play?: Golf
What could you not go for a month without?: My phone because I have to keep in touch with friends and family.
Our team will be fun to watch this year because...: We are going all the way to the World Series.

Career Statistics
Year	AVG.	GP-GS	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	TB	SLG%	BB	HB	SO	OB%	SAC	SB-SBA	PO	A	E	FLD%
2005	.207	50-50	135	12	28	6	1	0	18	36	.267	9	0	28	.253	7	6-8	88	103	12	.941
2006	.267	55-55	180	34	48	13	0	11	49	94	.522	9	1	39	.305	4	7-9	93	164	19	.931
2007	.324	55-55	185	56	60	13	2	16	35	125	.676	25	1	23	.408	0	13-13	83	123	21	.907
Total	.272	160-160	500	102	136	32	3	27	102	255	.510	43	2	90	.331	11	26-30	264	390	52	.926
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