Natalie Hernandez swinging away for mom
The average collegiate softball player draws a walk every eight at-bats. The average leadoff hitter walks even more frequently.
Natalie Hernandez is not average. In any sense of the word.
Exactly 167 times during the regular season, Hernandez stepped into the batter's box for the University of Illinois-Chicago. Not once -- not even as the team's leadoff hitter for part of the year -- did the junior walk to first base.
This startling fact ...
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