Danielle Vaji
Danielle Vaji

RS Senior

Plano, Texas

High School:





Softball Suffers Doubleheader Setback at Northwestern

Solo homers not enough in game one; Illini rally attempt falls short in second contest


Early Run Support Leads Illini to Doubleheader Sweep of Penn State

Softball downs Nittany Lions, 4-2 and 6-3, during World's Largest Softball Tailgate IX


Illini Announce Sunday Game Time Change

Illinois will host Penn State at 10:30 a.m. CT for Senior Day


Illinois Set to Host WLST, Senior Day vs. Penn State

Illini close home schedule with World's Largest Softball Tailgate, Senior Day vs. Penn State


Illini Softball Rallies Past Southern Illinois, 3-2

Gay earns 20th win of season; Wedel doubles, scores eventual winning run in return

2012 - Redshirt Senior: Hit .231 (30-for-130) with 16 runs scored and three doubles in her final season with the Illini, drawing a single-season career-best 28 walks and .371 on base percentage ... Stolen eight bags, tied with her 2011 campaign for the most in an individual season ... Recorded a .970 fielding percentage behind 88 putouts and 40 assists while seeing time at first base, second base, shortstop, left field and right field ... Earned her first base knock of the season as a pinch-hitter, with a single against No. 25 Louisville on Feb. 10 ... Went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles as the starting left fielder against Alabama-Birmingham on Feb. 11 ... Was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base at Florida International on Feb. 12 ... Secured her second multi-hit game of the season against Pittsburgh on Feb. 17, going 2-for-4 ... Finished 1-for-2 with a run scored against Winthrop on Feb. 25, seeing time at second base and in left field during the contest ... Drew a pair of walks while going 1-for-2 with a run scored against Florida Atlantic on March 2 ... Tallied two hits in four at bats while scoring a run at UNLV on March 3 ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI during Illinois' 5-4 comeback win over Boston U. on March 16 ... Was 3-for-6 (.500) with a .727 on base percentage (8-for-11) over the three-game series with Minnesota from March 24-25, including a 2-for-3, one run scored series-opening performance, while drawing five walks over the final two contests ... Doubled in the winning run at Eastern Illinois in the eighth inning on April 12, also scoring once in the frame as the Illini tallied four unanswered runs to overcome a 1-0 deficit and secure the victory ... Was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in game one against Wisconsin on April 15 before concluding the day with a 1-for-3, one RBI, one run scored performance against the Badgers ... Came through in the clutch against Purdue in the rubber match of the three-game series, totaling a two-RBI double to the left field wall as part of Illinois three-run first inning on April 22, also walking, stealing a base and scoring a run during the contest ... Drew a pair of walks against DePaul's ace, Kirsten Verdun, in Chicago on April 24 and added two more against Michigan on April 28.

2011 - Redshirt Junior: Played in 48 contests, making 46 starts ... Spent time in left field, at shortstop and as the designated player during her third full season with the Orange and Blue ... Hit .291 with 41 base-knocks, including four doubles and four triples ... Also totaled 13 walks and a hit by pitch to finish the season with a .353 on-base percentage ... Stole a career-best eight bases as a result of the increase in amount of times on base ... Totaled a 14-game hitting streak from Feb. 12 to March 12, the longest of any Illini on the season ... Was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored against Georgia Tech on Feb. 18 ... Tallied her first double of the season while also drawing one walk, knocking in one run and scoring another at Florida International on Feb. 19 ... Went 6-for-14 (.429) during the ESPN Citrus Classic with a triple, RBI and two runs scored ... Doubled and walked in three plate appearances against #18 Missouri on March 12 ... Totaled a career-high four hits in four at bats to go with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk against San Jose State on March 19 ... Went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and a run scored against Southern Illinois on March 23 ... Hit .375 (3-for-8) with three singles, an RBI and a stolen base across both games against Michigan State ... Tallied a two-RBI double against Penn State on April 3. ... Was 2-for-4 with a run scored against Ohio State on April 10. ... Totaled two hits in four at bats, both singles, during a nine-inning victory at Minnesota on May 13.

2010 - Redshirt Sophomore: Saw time in 52 contests, making 47 starts ... Hit .285 in 130 plate appearances ... Totaled 37 hits on the season, including four doubles ... Scored 29 runs and drove in an additional 17 ... Walked 17 times and earned a .350 on base percentage ... Hit .340 against Big Ten pitching, totaling 17 hits in 50 plate appearances ... Walked eight times and drove in six runs to go with 11 runs scored in conference play ... Went 2-for-2 with two runs scored in the Illini's 7-4 win over Nevada ... Knocked in two runs on two hits against Mississippi Valley on Feb. 26 ... Scored two runs on one hit an two walks against Northwestern on April 3 ... Went 1-for-3 with two RBIs during Illinois' 4-0 shutout of Penn State on April 17 ... Knocked in two runs with two hits against Southern Illinois on April 21 ... Was 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBIs during the Illini's 9-1 victory over DePaul during NCAA Regional play.

2009 - Sophomore: Played in five games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Hofstra on Feb. 13 ... Prior to the injury, started the first five games of the season at shortstop, batting .444 (4-of-9) ... Was 2-for-2 against UC Davis on Feb. 8 ... Received a medical hardship waiver.

2008 - Freshman: Played in 47 games with 11 starts, all at designated player ... Collected first RBI with a double against Minnesota on April 19 ... Best outing came against Eastern Illinois on April 2, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base ... Made first career start at Florida International on Feb. 24.

High School: Named first team All-District at Plano as a third baseman under coach Cynthia Zea ... Led the district with a .505 batting average in 2005 ... Played club ball for Wicked, coached by Mel Hall and Glory, coached by Mark Vaji and Dan Adkins ... Led basketball team to the district championship in 2005 ... Also played volleyball.

Personal: Born Jan. 25, 1989 ... Daughter of Mark and Donna Vaji ... Has a sister, Nicole, a brother, Matt, and a niece, Addyson ... Majoring in communication ... Enjoys playing guitar, drawing and all sports.

Getting to Know Danielle: Nickname: JJ ... Favorite Food: Cereal and chicken ... Favorite TV Shows: The Office, 24, ESPN and WWE Raw ... Favorite Music Artists: Alicia Keys and Matt Wertz ... Favorite Pro Teams: Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks ... How did you start playing softball? "My dad" ... Favorite Quote: "Baseball is 90% mental - the other half is physical." - Yogi Berra.