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#18 Michelle Bendewald
Position: Middle Infield
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'4"
Year: Senior
City/State: St. Joseph, Mich.
High School: St. Joseph
Experience: High School

2011: Seven multi-hit games ... doubled, scored a run and stole a base against Cal-Stae Northridge (2/12) ... drove in a run while going 2-of-3 at the plate against Northwestern (2/12) ... went 2-of-2 with a double, RBI, walk and steal against Central Connecticut State (2/26) ... drove in a run against #16 Missouri (2/27) ... singled twice against South Florida (3/2) ... went 2-of-3 at the plate with an RBI against Kent State (4/8) ... doubled and scored a run at Buffalo (4/9) ... perfect 3-of-3 performance at the plate with an RBI against Akron (4/15) ... two singles, an RBI and a run scored against Bowling Green (4/23) ... singled, doubled, picked up an RBI, laid down a sacrifice and scored a run against Bowling Green (4/24) ... recorded fifth double of the season against NIU (5/1) ... hit second home run of the season at Ball State (5/6) ... hit .312 at MAC Tournament, including a three-run home run against Ohio (5/15) in the first championship game ... earned fourth letter.

2010: Started all 39 games ... set new personal bests in at bats (106), hits (22), RBIs (16), home runs (4) and doubles (4) ... set WMU single-game record for RBIs in a game with eight in the season opener against Ole Miss (2/11) ... also set personal best for hits in a game with three against the Rebels ... tied WMU single-game record for home runs in a game with two against Ball State (5/2) ... earned third letter.

2009:  Started a career high 38 games in 42 appearances in the outfield ... hit .297 in MAC games ... set career highs for at bats (58), hits (13), RBIs (6) and doubles (2) and triples (1) ... hit second career home run against Akron (3/28), going 2-for-2 with three RBIs ... had two multi-hit games ... recorded six stolen bases ... recorded first career triple in MAC Tournament ... earned second letter.

2008: Appeared in 34 games with 17 starts ... made collegiate debut against nationally ranked Arizona State (2/15) ... scored first collegiate run against Utah (2/16) ... collected first collegiate hit with a 2-for-3 effort against Albany (5/1) ... collected two extra base hits during freshman, including a home run against Albany (5/1) ... earned first letter.

High School: Played third base, outfield and middle infield at Saint Joseph High School ... named to the all-division team her senior year ... was a Herald Palladium Female Athlete of the Year finalist ... named the Saint Joseph High School Female of the Year ... was a participant in the South Bend Tribune Sports Fest her senior year ... batted .371 with 19 RBI, six doubles, three triples and 18 stolen bases during senior year ... was named Academic All-State her senior year ... was co-captain as a senior and junior ... led team to a third place finish at the National Softball Association Nationals ... led team to an Amateur Softball Assoication state title as a junior ... named to the all-division team during junior year ... lettered all four years of high school.

Personal: Majoring in exercise science with a 3.54 GPA ... daughter of Jon and Leanne Bendewald ... born on Feb. 28, 1989 in Toledo, Ohio.

Year GP-GS AB R AVG H 2B 3B RBI HR SB-ATT FLD%
2011 55-55 147 15 .259 38 7 0 16 3 2-4 .934
2010 39-39 106 12 .208 22 4 0 16 4 3-6 .940
2009 42-38 58 11 .345 13 2 1 6 1 6-7 .965
2008 34-17 48 10 .125 6 1 0 2 1 1-1 .969
Totals 170-149 359 48 .220 79 14 1 40 9 12-18 .942

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