Cal used all 17 of its healthy players to shut out Santa Clara
The No. 9/8 Golden Bears beat the Gaels 10-2 in six innings
A win over the Gaels would give Cal its 50th consecutive win in series history
Danielle Henderson hit two home runs in game two to lead the Bears to a 3-1 win
Syracuse handed Cal an 8-1 loss to snap a 22-game win streak
As a Sophomore (2013):
Did not play in 2012, but began her Cal career with a win against Cal Poly on March 1...Recorded her first career start against Saint Mary's on April 10...Started three of 10 games played, finishing the regular season with a 6.50 ERA with 13 strikeouts.
As a Freshman (2012):
Did not enter a game in the 2012 season.
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
Would like to play abroad following Cal...Sister Michelle competed in cross country at Bethany University...Parents are Carl and Pam Owens...Mother Pam attended Cabrillo College
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.
I listen to motivational music or speeches, write "fire" on my wrist with Jasmin (Mejia), always tie my left cleat first and then button the top of my jersey right before I step on the field.
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem - I love the intensity and the message of the song. It gets me in my zone.