18 Nikki Anderson  
Nikki Anderson

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Brainerd, Minn.

High School:
Brainerd HS

Position:
Pitcher

B/T:
L/L


08/12/2014

Top Play No. 6: Anderson Shuts Down Auburn

Nikki Anderson struck out four Tigers in 3.2 innings of shutout ball, sending the Gophers to their first-ever super regional

05/18/2014

Minnesota Advances to First Super Regional

Macken's three-run home run gives Gophers an 8-6 win over Auburn.

05/09/2014

Blanchette's Slam Lifts Minnesota

The No. 3-seeded Gophers topped sixth-seed Purdue, 6-3, to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals

04/26/2014

Gophers Sweep Senior Day Twin Bill

Minnesota run-ruled Penn State by 9-0 and 16-2 scores in its final pair of conference home games

04/19/2014

Gophers Suffer 3-1 Setback at No. 3 Michigan

No. 12/13 Minnesota dropped its fourth Big Ten contest of the season at No. 3 Michigan

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2014 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Made 22 appearances, 20 of which came in relief • had a 3-1 record and recorded two saves • racked up 51 strikeouts in 42 innings of work • defeated Detroit (Feb. 28) and Murray State (March 7) in her only two starts of the season • struck out a season-best seven batters in her lone loss of the year against Florida International (March 2) • picked up a save against Drake (March 9) and added another save in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal round against Purdue (May 9) • earned her third win of the season against No. 21/22 Auburn in the Minneapolis NCAA Regional, striking out four over 3.2 scoreless innings to help send the Gophers to their first-ever super regional • came in to finish 19 games, the most in a season in school history and the second-most in the Big Ten • was second in the conference with 20 relief appearances.

2013
FRESHMAN SEASON:
Made 19 appearances during freshman campaign • pitched 53.2 innings and held an ERA of 4.83 • had one save • gave up 71 hits and 49 runs for the season • made first career appearance against Texas Tech (Feb. 9) • recorded first start against Louisville (Feb. 12) • hurled six innings at Stanford (March 9) • pitched a five-inning complete-game shutout against Illinois (April 13), allowing only three hits and finishing with four strike outs • allowed only three hits and had three strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched against Iowa (March 23) • Finished with two just two hits and one earned run in final 3.2 innings against Northwestern (March 30).

HIGH SCHOOL:
A 2012 graduate of Brainerd High School, where the left-hander was named Minnesota's Ms. Softball and Minnesota's Gatorade Softball Player of the Year in 2012 • posted a 20-3 record with a 0.80 ERA and struck out 227 batters in 2012 • led the Warriors to Class 3A Sectional semifinals as a senior • two-time all-state and four-time all-conference and all-section honoree • also saw her first varsity action at the plate as a senior and batted .389 with five doubles and 14 RBI • guided the Warriors to back-to-back state tournament berths her sophomore and junior seasons • a dual-sport athlete, Anderson also played on the Brainerd volleyball team for three years.

PERSONAL:
The daughter of Nancy and Art Anderson • her grandfather, Robert Anderson, was a member of the Golden Gopher baseball team that won the NCAA national championship in 1956 • her aunt, Lezlie Vermillion (Anderson), is a member of the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame.

Year ERA W L App GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO BF BAvg
2013 4.83 4 4 19 6 0 0/2 1 53.2 71 49 37 21 43 267 .311
2014 1.50 3 1 22 2 0 0/4 2 42.0 33 14 9 13 51 178 .208
TOTAL 3.37 7 5 41 8 0 0/6 3 95.2 104 63 46 34 94 445 .269