As a Sophomore (2013):
Appeared in 10 games with three starts...Recorded her first career start against Saint Mary's (4/10), allowing just three hits and two runs in a 10-2, five-inning game...Earned the win in her first collegiate game vs. Cal Poly (3/1) for 3.0 innings of work, allowing six hits and three runs.
As a Freshman (2012):
Did not compete
Only played part of her senior season but still posted an 8-4 record in 74 innings of work with a 0.48 ERA and limited opposing teams to a combined .065...As a junior and sophomore, was named First-Team All-League and First-Team All-County...Was her prep team's MVP as a freshman and sophomore as well as sharing that title with a teammate as a junior
Went to nationals twice with her 16U team...Played on the San Jose Lady Sharks Gold
Sister Michelle competed in cross country at Bethany University...Parents are Carl and Pam Owens...Mother Pam attended Cabrillo College
Interdisciplinary Studies Field (ISF) -- would like to be a neurosurgeon
A Strong Connection to 2002:
Growing up in Santa Cruz County, Nikki and Cal teammate Breana Kostreba spent time training at Santa Cruz Strength, a weight lifting and conditioning gym owned by none other than former Golden Bear Jocelyn Forest. In 2002, Forest led the Golden Bears to their first-ever NCAA Championship. Nikki notes that her biggest role model is Forest.
An Unconventional Schooling Route:
Nikki was homeschooled until eighth grade. She also skipped kindergarten, so she is a full year younger than the other girls in her recruiting class.
Why I have my number:
My dad was No. 72 on his high school football team. I like 72 because it's different and a little weird. It speaks to my personality.