Maria Damico
    Maria Damico


    Gray Summit, Mo.

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    2004: Started 45 games in centerfield and played in 54 overall, tying for fifth at SIU ... batted .209 (23-for-110) with eight doubles, a home run, nine RBI, 10 walks and 12 runs scored ... drove in SIU's lone run with an RBI-double in the 1-0 win over Wichita State at the MVC Tournament ... named to the MVC All-Tournament Team drove in a run in the Salukis title-clinching 3-0 win over Indiana State ... had a season-high two RBI in a 4-3 win over Mississippi ... added four sacrifices and 34 total bases with a .309 slugging and .275 on base percentage ... had a .978 fielding percentage with just one error in 45 chances ... stole a base in her only attempt ... had a career-high two doubles versus Bradley and tied a career-best with two walks against Hofstra in the NCAA Tournament ... her eight doubles (4th) and nine games as a substitute (T-4th) were in the top five at SIU ... had a season-high four-game hitting streak, two hits in a game (twice), four at bats (three times), three putouts (twice) and four total bases (twice) ... led SIU with a .289 average (11-for-38) in 19 Valley games (16 starts) ... added three doubles, five runs, a home run, four walks, two sacrifices, three RBI and 17 total bases (4th) in MVC play with a .447 slugging (3rd) and .357 on base percentage (5th) ... error-free in Valley games (15 chances).

    2003: Named to the NCAA Tournament Region VIII All-Tournament Team, hitting .455 (5-for-11) with a double, a home run, three runs scored, four walks and four RBI to lead all SIU hitters ... had an .818 slugging percentage and .600 on base percentage ... her four RBI tied for the tournament lead ... had an assist in the NCAA Tournament in a 5-2 win over UMass and homered in the 6-1 win over UMass ... started 40 games in centerfield and played in 49 overall ... batted .230 (23-for-100) with five doubles, two triples, four home runs, 17 RBI, 17 runs scored and a .440 slugging percentage ... her four walks were fourth and she finished fifth in slugging percentage (.440), on base percentage (.345), RBI (17), home runs (4) and stolen bases (2) ... her 17 runs ties her for fourth ... stole two bases in five attempts ... set a career-high and tied the SIU record with two home runs versus SMS ... her career-high two triples tied for the team-high (2nd in the MVC) ... drove in the winning run with a sac fly to beat Nebraska 2-1 ... had career-highs in home runs (4), RBI (17), slugging percentage (.440) and sacrifices (6) ... had a .940 fielding percentage with two assists and two errors ... batted .300 (12-for-40) with runners in scoring position ... had four multiple-hit and multiple-RBI games ... had a season-high four-game hitting streak, hitting safely in the first four of five games in the NCAA Region VIII Tournament ... was a perfect 2-for-2 against Winthrop, Illinois State and in the NCAA Tournament versus Stanford ... had a season-high four at bats (three times), two runs scored (five times), three RBI (twice), two walks (three times), two hits (four times) and eight total bases versus SMS ... named to the Honorable Mention MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.

    2002: Started 47 of 48 games in centerfield ... hit .216 with 30 hits (4th) in 139 at bats (3rd) and 157 plate appearances (4th) ... scored 19 runs (2nd), hit five doubles (3rd) and two homers (2nd) with nine RBI and 43 total bases (4th) ... stole five bases (3rd) in seven attempts ... went 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, a homer and seven total bases vs. Southern Mississippi (2/15) ... drove in two runs in a come-from-behind win over U. Mass (3/8) ... went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBI at Evansville (4/3) ... eight multi-hit games (T-2nd) ... lone Saluki with a 1.000 fielding percentage ... .309 slugging percentage.

    Pacific: Named all-conference, all-district, all-state and all-Metro all four years ... batted .522 with two home runs, seven doubles and eight triples as a senior ... also drove in 17 runs, and scored 24 as a senior.

    Personal: Majoring in finance ... has a 3.784 cumulative grade point average ... named to the Dean's List six times ... full name is Maria Edigton Damico ... has two sisters, Julie and Jessica ... sister Julie plays centerfield for Indiana State ... daughter of Larry and Cathy Damico ... born on April 3, 1983 in St. Louis.

    Blaylock's Thoughts on Damico: "Maria has been such a stable force in centerfield for us the last four years. She is a leader in the outfield and has done a great job. She was such a force for us down the stretch to our conference title last year. I look for her to have a great senior year and provide leadership for us in all phases of the game."