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Nikki Anderson
Nikki  Anderson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brainerd, Minn.

High School:
Brainerd HS

Height:
5-10

Position:
Pitcher


05/02/2015

Gophers Win Twice on Senior Day

Minnesota defeated Purdue by scores of 3-2 and 4-2 to cap its regular season.

04/29/2015

Gophers Sweep Border Battle Double Dip

Minnesota won by scores of 7-2 and 12-1 to improve to 43-8 on the season

04/25/2015

Gophers Post Two 8-0 Wins Over Iowa

Minnesota swept a doubleheader against the Hawkeyes with a pair of 8-0, run-rule wins

04/18/2015

Anderson Shines in Gophers' 7-1 Win

The junior allowed just three hits in 6.1 shutout innings against Michigan State to improve to 7-2

04/17/2015

Minnesota Upends Michigan State, 8-4

The Gophers won their 15th road game of the season after scoring five runs in the seventh inning

Photo Gallery
2015 Game-by-Game Stats
2014 Game-by-Game Stats
2013 Game-by-Game Stats

2015 JUNIOR SEASON:
Finished the season with a 10-2 record and a 3.36 ERA, recording a career-high 64 strikeouts in 83.1 innings over 25 appearances • nailed down saves against Stanford (March 7) and Nebraska (March 27) • finished 14th in the nation and second in the Big Ten in walks allowed per seven innings with 1.09 • registered the Big Ten's lowest conference ERA at 1.31 and went 6-1 in league contests • held Big Ten opponents to a .212 batting average, the third-best mark in the conference • tossed four complete games • threw her first-career shutout Feb. 15 in an 8-0 win over UMass Lowell • racked up a career-high nine strikeouts in the Gophers' regular-season finale against Purdue (May 2), helping secure Minnesota's winningest conference season • went 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium and was 4-0 with a 2.65 in road games.

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
2015 3.36 10 2 25 8 4 1/1 2 83.1 101 54 40 13 64 380 .286
TOTAL 3.36 17 7 66 16 4 1/7 5 179.0 205 117 86 47 158 825 .277

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