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#72 Nikki Owens
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Bats: L
Throws: R
Height: 5'9"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Scotts Valley, Calif.
High School: Scotts Valley HS
Experience: 1 Letter

As a Junior (2014):

Redshirted due to medical injury after appearing in games against San Diego State (2/14) and Baylor (2/22)

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

High School:

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

Club Ball:

Went to nationals twice with her 16U team...Played on the San Jose Lady Sharks Gold

Personal:

Sister Michelle competed in cross country at Bethany University...Parents are Carl and Pam Owens...Mother Pam attended Cabrillo College

Major:

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.

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