Natalie DenHartog





Hitting, Outfield, Infield


Vortex & A’s Coach for 4 years
Former A’s Player
Current OF for Gophers, All-American
Graduated from Hopkins HS in 2018


2022 | SENIOR
NFCA Great Lakes All-Region Second Team
All-Big Ten Second Team
CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team
CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award

Academic All-Big Ten
Extra Elite 100 Preseason Player Rankings #41 (Extra Innings Softball)
• Started all of Minnesota’s 54 games in center field and led the team with a .347 batting average and a .734 slugging percentage
• Hit a career-best 19 home runs, one shy of the single-season program record, with 14 of her blasts coming in Gopher victories
• Ranked 19th in the NCAA for total home runs, while her 127 total bases ranked 32nd nationally
• Became the team’s all-time home run record holder with the 52nd of her career Mar. 27 at Rutgers
• Recorded back-to-back games with two home runs against DePaul and Tulsa on the same day (Mar. 5) during a stretch where she hit eight home runs in 28 at-bats
• Added a team-leading 51 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 14 attempts to go with eight doubles and one triple
• Drew 20 walks and was hit-by-pitch five times for a .427 on-base percentage
• Put together 15 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI efforts, both of which ranked second for the Gophers, and had a season-high three hits four times
• Closed the year reaching base safely in the final 18 games and on an eight-game hitting streak, while registering a 10-game hit streak earlier in the season from Feb. 12-25
• Twice had a season-best four RBI coming against DePaul (Mar. 5) and Illinois (Apr. 2)
• Posted a .588 batting average when leading-off an inning (20-for-34)
• Had at least one hit in 41 of the team’s 54 games played and reached base safely in all but eight contests

2021 | JUNIOR
NFCA Great Lakes Region Second Team
All-Big Ten First Team
Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete
CoSIDA Academic All-District
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award
Academic All-Big Ten
• One of two Gophers to start all the team’s 44 games playing in center field
• Led the Big Ten blasting 15 home runs, which ranked 43rd in the NCAA
• Registered a slugging percentage of .740 that was the best in the conference and 63rd nationally
• Tallied a .321 batting average and team-high .454 on-base percentage
• Posted a season-best three hits versus Rutgers Mar. 12 and again against Purdue Apr. 2
• Totaled 42 RBI for the year, including a season-high four in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional against Long Beach State May 22 coming via a grand slam home run
• Scored 29 runs and was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases
• Led the team totaling 12 outings with multiple hits and had 12 multi-RBI efforts
• Put together a streak of 14 games reaching base safely from Mar. 27-Apr. 18
• Had a five-game hitting streak between Apr. 11-18
• Drew a team-best 27 walks and was hit by a pitch five times
• Closed the season with a .975 fielding percentage committing two errors in 81 chances and had six outfield assists

Softball America First Team Shortened Season All-American
Big Ten Player of the Week (Mar. 2)

• Season ended on March 12, 2020, when the Big Ten and NCAA announced they were ceasing competitions and championships because of COVID-19 public health concerns
• Started all 25 games in left field
• Led Minnesota in most offensive categories including hits (33), RBIs (28), home runs (7), batting average (.429) and on-base percentage (.537)
• Finished with 10 multiple hit games and 10 multiple RBI games
• Opened the season at the NFCA D1 Leadoff Classic hitting .429 with a double, home run, five RBIs, five runs scored, and a .714 slugging percentage
• Recorded a season-high four RBI against Tulsa on Feb. 21
• Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Mar. 2 after performance at the Auburn Tournament where she led the team with eight runs, two home runs and six RBI
• Drove in two runs in the Gophers final game of the 2020 season in a comeback over Hawaii on Mar. 11

NFCA Freshman of the Year Finalist (Top 3)
NFCA Great Lakes Region First Team

All-Big Ten First Team
Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Mar. 11, Apr. 1, Apr. 29)

• Played in 59 games and started 54 games split between outfield and the DP position
• Hit .373, with 17 doubles, two triples and 17 home runs with a team leading 64 RBIs and a .780 slugging percentage
• Hit first collegiate home run against Notre Dame and followed it up with a home run in her first career start against Florida State later in the day
• Led the team with a 1.000 slugging percentage and nine RBIs in a series win over top-10 Texas
• Hit eight extra bases including three home runs in series wins over Wisconsin and Iowa in the same week
• Launched three grand slams on the season and drove in a season high six runs against Maryland on Mar. 23
• Opened up Regional Championship against Georgia with a home run in the first inning to lead the Gophers to victory

• Graduate of Hopkins High School (2018)
• Six-time softball letterwinner
• Three-time All-Conference (2016, 2017, 2018)
• Two-time All-Section (2017, 2018)
• All-Metro First Team (2017, 2018)
• All-State First Team (2018)
• Played for the Midwest Speed (2016, 2017) and the Minnesota A’s (2017, 2018)

• Daughter of John and Stephanie DenHartog
• Has two older siblings, JT and Haley
• Father, John, played football, baseball, and basketball at Luther College
• Brother, JT, played football for two years at UMD and two years at UW- Eau Claire
• Lists cooking and baking as interests outside of softball
• Graduated from Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2021
• Working on a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development