Hehnke attended Mississippi State University on a full athletic scholarship. Named as an Easton Second Team All-American in 1998, Hehnke also pitched MSU’s only perfect game and 19.1 scoreless innings in 1997. She was awarded the Newsom Award – given to an MSU athlete for academic performance – in 1999. One of Hehnke’s proudest moments was competing in a 24-inning playoff game against Agoura High School in 1995. She recalls the emotional and intense match- up and the team coming together to last all those innings and win. She credits her supportive family, coaches and the incredible combination of teammates that have played together at a very high level.
Currently, the Santa Barbara News-Press Softball Player of the Decade lives in Eugene, Ore., where she is writing her dissertation to complete her doctorate in political science.