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    Kelley Wedel
    28 Kelley Wedel
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Anaheim, Calif.

    High School:
    Loara

    Height:
    5-5

    Position:
    IF

    B/T:
    R/R

    05/31/2012

    Fifty-One Illini Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Big Ten

    05/16/2012

    Pair of Illini Honored by Big Ten Conference

    Gay named Second Team All-Big Ten; Wedel receives Sportsmanship Award

    05/12/2012

    Unearned Runs Doom Illini in Regular Season Finale

    Northwestern scores eight unearned runs in the fourth to down Illinois, 10-2, in six innings

    05/11/2012

    Softball Suffers Doubleheader Setback at Northwestern

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

    05/06/2012

    Illini Sweep Penn State with Senior Day Walk-Off Win, 3-2

    Schkade scores winning run on Booker single, Penn State fielding error in seventh

    2012 - Senior: Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Hit .267 (28-for-105) in 34 appearances and 33 starts, mainly at third base while also batting as the designated player ... Tied for the team lead with 10 doubles, scoring 13 runs while driving in nine more ... Totaled a pair of home runs, including the second grand slam of her career ... Slugged .419 while reaching base 32.8 percent of the time, drawing seven walks, being struck by three pitches and stealing six bases ... Became Illinois' all-time hit by pitch leader (37) when she was struck for the second time against No. 10 Tennessee on Feb. 17, surpassing Janna Sartini (36) ... Went 6-for-14 (.429) over a four-game stretch at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, including multi-hit performances against Winthrop and Massachusetts on Feb. 25 ... Went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored vs. No. 25 Louisville on Feb. 11 ... Connected for her second double of the season at Florida International on Feb. 12 ... Earned her first multi-hit game of the season against Pittsburgh on Feb. 19, going 2-for-4 with a seventh-inning double - eventually scoring the only tune of the contest ... Earned two hits in three at bats against Winthrop on Feb. 25, tallying one RBI ... Followed with a 2-for-4 performance against UMass on Feb. 25 during Illinois' eventual 4-2 victory ... Knocked her first home run of the season against Boston U. on March 16 ... Was 2-for-3 with a double against Maryland on March 17 ... Totaled three doubles, two RBIs and a run scored over three contests against Minnesota from March 24-25 ... Secured a walk-off RBI-double in the second game against Minnesota on March 24, scoring Jessica Davis from first with a drive to the left field wall for the game-winning run ... Totaled her second career 4-for-4 game, and first since 2009 vs. Penn State, against Indiana State on March 28, adding a pair of runs scored ... Suffered a hand injury in practice prior to the Iowa series, but is expected to return before the end of the regular season ... Returned from a 19-game absence to go 1-for-3 with her 10th double of the year - tying for the team lead - and a run scored against Southern Illinois on May 2 ... Hit a grand slam over the center field wall during Illinois' 6-3 win over Penn State on May 5, the second of her career and first since Feb 14, 2010 vs. Kent State ... Singled, stole second and scored a run during the season finale at Northwestern on May 12.

    2011 - Junior: Getterman Classic All-Tournament Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Started all 49 games at third base for the Illini, her third full season as the starting third baseman for the Orange and Blue ... Hit .264 with eight doubles, four homers, 30 RBIs and 20 runs scored ... Was struck by 14 pitches, tied for the most ever by an Illini ... Was successful in five of her six stolen base attempts ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double against UTSA on Feb. 12 ... Named to the Getterman Classic All-Tournament Team after going 5-for-15 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs in the five game stretch ... Was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored against Providence on Feb. 18 ... Slugged her first home run of the season against Pittsburgh on Feb. 19, totaling two RBIs, a run scored and one walk in the game ... Finished 2-for-3, including a double, against Florida International on Feb. 19 with an RBI and a run scored ... Earned three RBIs and a run scored on a double and a walk against San Jose State on March 19 ... Connected for two hits, an RBI and run scored against Michigan State on March 26 ... Was struck by two pitches and connected for a sacrifice fly out against Penn State on April 3, tallying an RBI and run scored in the process ... Crushed her third homer of the season, a three-run shot to left field, against Ohio State as part of the nine-run sixth inning on April 10 ... Hit her first collegiate triple to cap a three-run eighth inning for Illinois at Wisconsin on April 23 - finishing the day 2-for-4 with two RBIs ... Finished the two-game series with Northwestern with two hits in six at bats, including a two-out, two-run homer on April 30 to go with four RBIs and a run scored.

    2010 - Sophomore: Big Ten Player of the Week (3/1) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... One of six Illini to start all 53 contests on the season ... Hit .272 in 147 at-bats ... Totaled 40 hits and 35 runs scored ... Tied for second among Illini in doubles with 10 ... Fifth on Illini in RBIs (34) ... Hit by a team-high 13 pitches ... Successful in four of five stolen base attempts ... Went 2-for-3 with three RBIs against Long Beach State on Feb. 13 ... Hit a grand slam against Kent State on Feb. 14 ... Went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored against Mississippi Valley on Feb. 26 ... Knocked in two runs and scored another against Northwestern on April 3 ... Was 2-for-3 with one run scored and an RBI against Penn State on April 18 ... Also went 2-for-3 against Michigan State on May 2, scoring two runs and driving in one.

    2009 - Freshman: Third Team All-Big Ten ... Batted .305 in conference games with 11 RBIs ... Played in 46 games with 45 starts at third base ... For the season, batted .252 with 19 runs scored, four doubles and 18 RBIs ... Had a five-game hitting streak from April 7-15 ... Was 2-for-2 in the NCAA Regional at No. 11 Missouri on May 16 ... Was 4-for-5 with three runs scored against Penn State on March 22, helping Illinois to its 18-15 win ... Knocked in a career-best three runs against No. 16 Ohio State on April 12, hitting the first home run of her career ... Had three hits against Purdue on April 29 ... Had a big game in the win over Michigan State on March 28, batting 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored ... Picked up first career hit against California on Feb. 7.

    High School: Named first-team all-league in junior and senior seasons at Loara High School ... Eight-time champion on the travel ball circuit ... Part of the Corona Angels team that reached fifth place in the 2007 ASA 18U Gold Nationals under coach Marty Tyson ... Knocked in five home runs and 19 doubles while batting .381 with an on-base percentage of .819 for the Angels ... Helped the 2006 U16 Minors Gold-Hopkins team to a national championship ... Four year All-Academic Team at Loara High School ... Earned the Distinguished Athlete Award from the 2007 Marine Corps.

    Personal: Born Oct. 30, 1989 ... Daughter of Mark and Denise Wedel ... Has a younger brother, Douglas ... Father played baseball for the San Diego Padres' organization as well as at Long Beach State ... Majoring in kinesiology.

    Getting to Know Kelley: Favorite Food: Mom's manicotti ... Favorite TV Show: Deadliest Catch ... Favorite Actor: Will Ferrell ... Favorite Movie: Old School ... Favorite Music Artist: Lil' Wayne and Dashboard Confessional ... Favorite Pro Team: Los Angeles Dodgers ... Dream Job: Trainer for a professional baseball team ... Favorite Quote: "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt ... Pregame Superstitions: "I always have to have orange pre-wrap in my hair." ... Why Illinois? "Love the tradition, the people, the atmosphere and the coaches."

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