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Natalie Land

Natalie Land

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mayo, Fla.

High School:
Lafayette HS

Height:
5-6

Position:
SS

B/T:
R/R

07/23/2012

Land Named C-USA Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Former Knight adds to long list of accolades

06/08/2012

2012 Review: Top Hitting Performances

Taking a look at UCF's top hitting performances from the past season.

06/01/2012

2012 Review: Top Victories

Taking a look at UCF's top wins from the past season.

05/19/2012

UCF Softball Concludes Season with Loss to Florida

The Knights conclude the 2012 season with a 39-19 overall record and their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament.

05/18/2012

UCF Softball Drops NCAA Regional Quarterfinal Contest to South Florida

The Knights will face the loser of Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast in the loser's bracket Saturday at 3 p.m.

CAREER ACCOLADES
• 2012 Team MVP
• 2012 All-Conference USA First Team
• 2012 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Mideast Region first team
• 2012 C-USA All-Academic Team
• 2012 Preseason All-C-USA Team
• 2011 All-Conference USA First Team
• 2011 Capital One Academic All-District III First Team
• 2011 C-USA All-Academic Team
• 2011 Preseason All-C-USA Team
• 2010 All-Conference USA First Team
• 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Second Team
• 2010 C-USA All-Academic Team
• 2010 C-USA Championship All-Tournament Team
• 2009 C-USA All-Freshman Team
• 3x C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal Recipient
• 4x C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll Member

2012 - SENIOR SEASON
• 2012 Team MVP
• All-Conference USA First Team
• Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Mideast Region first team
• C-USA All-Academic Team
• C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll
• Was one of only three Knights to start all 58 games, all at shortstop
• Led the Knights in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.560), on-base percentage (.413), runs (51), hits (66), triples (5), home runs (8) and stolen bases (42)
• Ranked in C-USA's top-10 in 11 different categories
• Led the team with 22 multiple-hit games
• Went 12-for-17 (.706) in a five game stretch from April 25-May 1
• Broke school records for stolen bases in a season (42, previous mark was 28) and stolen bases in a career (102, previous mark was 79) in 2012
• Went 3-for-4 with a homer, three runs, two walks and a RBI at Bethune-Cookman (5/1)
• Belted a game-trying home run and had one RBI, four runs, two walks and two stolen bases vs. Memphis (4/20)
• Recorded a homer, two runs, one RBI and one stolen base vs. ECU (4/1)
• Had a triple, a RBI, scored three runs and stole three bases vs. Northern Colorado (3/13)
• Went 3-for-4 with a triple vs. Eastern Michigan (2/28)

2011 - JUNIOR SEASON
• All-Conference USA First Team
• Capital One Academic All-District III First Team
• C-USA All-Academic Team
• C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll
• Was one of only four Knights to start all 54 games, including 44 at second base and 11 at shortstop
• Led the Knights in batting average (.346), runs (31), hits (54), doubles (7), triples (5), slugging percentage (.513), on-base percentage (.436), sacrifice hits (9) and stolen bases (25)
• Ranked in C-USA's top-10 in 11 different categories
• Tied for the team-lead with 14 multiple-hit games
• Hit safely in 17 of 21 league games played
• Scored three game-winning runs and two game-winning RBI
• Went 3-for-3 with one run scored, a walk and a career-high four stolen bases in the series-opener vs. Marshall (4/16)
• Posted a home run, a triple, two RBI and one run scored vs. Ball State (3/8)
• Had a double, a RBI and scored three runs vs. Monmouth (3/5)
• Went 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base and two runs scored vs. Virginia Tech (3/4)
• Went 2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and three runs scored in the season-opener vs. Utah State (2/11)

2010 - SOPHOMORE SEASON
• Named to the All-Conference USA First Team
ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Second Team
• Earned a spot of the C-USA All-Academic Team
• Voted onto the C-USA Championship All-Tournament Team
• Earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal
• Named to the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll
• Started all 59 games - 45 at second base, 13 at shortstop and one at third base
• Ranked first in C-USA in sac hits (17), T5th in stolen bases (20), T3d in assists (113) and second in double plays turned (13)
• Led UCF in batting average (.304), runs (32), hits (49), sacrifice hits and stolen bases
• Batted a team-best .355 with 22 hits, 12 runs scored, three doubles and seven RBI in league contests
• Scored four game-winning runs and posted four game-winning RBI
• Paced the team with 12 multi-hit games
• Also had four multi-RBI games
• Posted a nine-game hitting streak
• Ranked in C-USA's top-10 in five categories

2009 - FRESHMAN SEASON
• Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team
• Earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal and was a member of the Honor Roll
• One of only four Knights to start all 54 games, including 42 at second base and 12 at shortstop
• Led UCF in stolen bases (14) and was second in sacrifice bunts (11)
• Went 2-for-3 with a double in the C-USA Championship game vs. Marshall (5/7)
• Scored two runs, including the game-winner, and stole a career-high two bases in the series finale at Memphis (4/25)
• Held a career-high 10-game hitting streak from April 4-19, the longest streak for a Knight in 2009
• Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the series finale vs. Marshall (4/11)
• Went 2-for-3 with a double and one run scored in the series-opener vs. the Golden Eagles (4/4)
• Had four hits, two runs scored and three walks in the league series vs. UAB (3/14-15)
• Put together a 2-for-3 outing with a home run, two RBI and a run scored vs. Loyola Chicago (3/4)
• Went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored vs. Illinois Chicago (2/20)
• Stole a career-high two bases in the extra-inning win at Jacksonville (2/18)
• Belted her first collegiate home run, while adding two RBI and two runs scored in the win over Oklahoma State (2/7)
• Posted her first collegiate hit and two RBI at No. 3 Arizona State (2/6)

PRIOR TO UCF
• Was a three-sport athlete at Lafayette High School, lettering in softball, volleyball and basketball while also being a Lafayette honor student and class Valedictorian
• Played seven years of varsity softball, six years of varsity basketball and a year of varsity volleyball
• Played softball for head coach Jimmy Blankenship
• Four-time Florida Class A All-State first team selection in both softball and basketball
• Four-time Gainesville Sun Softball and Basketball Player of the Year
• As a junior, was named the Class 2A Dairy Farmer Player of the Year for softball
• Was named the Dairy Farmer Player of the Year for basketball in both her sophomore and senior years
• Following her senior year, was named the Lafayette High School Athlete of the Year
• Finished her high school career with a .555 batting average
• Her travel ball team, the Gold Coast Hurricanes, won the Gold National Championship

PERSONAL
• Born in Gainesville, Fla.
• Daughter of Marc and Sonya Land
• Major is athletic training
• Uncle Kerwin Bell was a quarterback at Florida from 1983-1987

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