Gabby Magnifico

#77 Gabby Magnifico

Pos. OF/IF
Ht. 5-4
Yr. So.
Hometown Elmhurst, Ill.
High School (Prev. School) York

2017: Started 48 times for the Crusaders as a freshman, making 27 starts in left field, 17 starts in center field and four starts in right field ... also made one pinch-hitting appearance ... hit .237 with 24 runs scored and 16 RBIs ... posted a .343 on-base percentage and a .441 slugging percentage ... connected on six home runs, tied for second on the team ... drew 14 walks within Horizon League action, good for third on the league charts ... enjoyed a strong Valpo debut on Feb. 18 at North Carolina A&T, reaching in all three of her plate appearances - including connecting on her first career home run, a two-run shot ... made a spectacular diving catch in her first action in center field Mar. 8 at #9/11 Alabama ... went 2-for-3 with a double Mar. 12 against Eastern Illinois ... reached base in nine consecutive games Mar. 18-Apr. 1 ... picked up base hits in seven of those nine games ... posted matching stat lines in in both halves of a doubleheader at Northern Kentucky Mar. 25, going 1-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs in both contests ... also drew two walks in the nightcap ... reached base in five of 11 plate appearances in series sweep of Cleveland State Apr. 14-15, picking up a pair of doubles while scoring two runs and tallying two RBIs ... went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a Valpo-season best three stolen bases in opener at Detroit Mercy Apr. 22 ... three steals tied for the season high by any Horizon League player in a single game ... connected on a home run in series opener with Oakland Apr. 28 ... went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in win over Wright State May 6 ... delivered crucial home run in opener of Horizon League Championship May 10 against Oakland, a shot which would stand up as the lone run in a 1-0 win ... connected on a two-run homer the next day versus Youngstown State ... named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team.

Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Dukes ... a three-time All-Conference selection ... earned All-Area accolades each of her final two years after picking up Honorable Mention All-Area notice as a sophomore ... helped team to fourth-place finish at state tournament as a freshman ... played travel softball for the Wasco Diamonds ... helped squad to top-ten finishs at PGF Regionals (2014, 2nd place; 2015, 2nd place), Denver Fireworks (2014, 4th place; 2016, 9th place) and Chicagoland Metros (2014, 2nd place) ... also played volleyball ... member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Daughter of Josh and Melissa Baer ... major is health science (physician's assistant program).