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Softball: Nicole Ball

Nicole Ball

  #12     Bats/Throws: R/R
  Position: 3B    Ht.: 5-5
  Hometown: Newport, Tenn.
  Previous School: Cocke County HS
  Eligibility: Sr.  Major: Physical Education (K-12)

2015: Enters her senior season tied for fifth in school history in hit by pitch (10), ninth in school history in doubles (30), and tied for tenth in sacrifice flies (3).... In the field, she is fourth in fielding assists with 344. 

2014: Appeared and started in all 55 games of her junior campaign at third base... Batted .243 with 36 hits, which included eight doubles, three home runs, and one triple that helped compile a slugging percentage of .372... Ranked second on the team in RBIs with 16 while scoring 17 runs and drawing 10 walks (.289 OBP)... Led the team in fielding assists with 159 (3rd in TC history)... Tallied five multiple-hit games....  Recorded a season high five-game hitting streak from March 27-April 1 in which she hit .313 with a double, a homer and four RBIs.... Hit .421 in a six-game stretch from March 13-March 22 by going 8-for-19 at the plate with a triple and an RBI... Cranked a three-run homer that proved to be the difference in TC's victory over UVA Wise (Feb. 11)... Scored the game winning-run and had a triple in Tusculum's nine-inning victory at Francis Marion (Apr. 10)... Had a three-run double in the Pioneers' 9-2 victory over Lincoln Memorial in the SAC Tournament (Apr. 24). 

2013: Started in all 50 games at third base... Led the South Atlantic Conference with 15 doubles (68th in NCAA II - T7th in TC history) and 134 fielding assists (6th in TC history)... Batted .293 with 41 hits, including two triples (T14th in SAC), three home runs and 27 RBI (T20th in SAC)... Was hit by a pitch six times (6th in SAC) and recorded eight sacrifice bunts (11th in SAC)... Was a perfect 7-of-7 in stolen bases (17th in SAC)... 13 multiple-hit games were tied for the second most on the team... Tied for third on the roster with eight multiple-RBI outings... Seven-game hitting streak from Mar. 13-23 where she batted 14-for-25 (.560) with nine RBI, four doubles, a home run and eight runs scored... Recorded three hits each against Shepherd (Mar. 12), Mars Hill (Mar. 17) and Lincoln Memorial (Mar. 20)... Four outings with two doubles each against Shepherd, Lincoln Memorial, Carson-Newman (Mar. 27) and King (Apr. 1)... Clubbed a two-out HR to spark TC from three-run deficit en route to a 9-8 extra inning win over LMU... Hit a solo home run in Tusculum's SAC-clinching 4-3 win over Anderson (Apr. 13)... Also homered against Young Harris (Feb. 21)... Drew a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch twice in home win over Brevard (Mar. 23)... Post two walks each in back-to-back games against Virginia Intermont (Apr. 14) and Milligan (Apr. 14).

2012: Started in 30 games in her rookie campaign... Batted .280 with 14 runs scored and 26 hits, including seven doubles, a triple and a home run... 12 RBI... Recorded a 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 15-24 where she went 12-for-32 (.375)... Best outing at the plate came against Lander (Mar. 3) as she went 4-for-4 with four RBI, including a double and a triple... Hit a game-winning two-run homer in the seventh inning in a 3-2 road win at USC Aiken (Feb. 29)... Recorded two hits each against Milligan (Feb. 15), USC Aiken and Newberry (Mar. 11)... Posted a stolen base against Virginia Intermont (Feb. 23)... Tallied six sacrifice bunts on the season, including one in three straight games (Mar. 7-11)... Hit safely in her last three games, before suffering a season-ending injury.

High School: Graduated from Cocke County HS in Newport, Tenn... Coached by Terry Hurst... Three-time Inter-Mountain Athletic Conference First Team (2009, 2010, 2011)... IMAC District All-Tournament Team (2011)... All-Star First Team selection in each of the last two years... Three-time Citizen-Tribune All-Lakeway First Team (2009, 2010, 2011)... 2010 All-Northeast Tennessee First Team... Career Stats: 136 games played, Batting Avg: .372, OB%: .461; SLG%: .608, Runs Scored: 147; 2B: 42, 3B: 9, HR 11, RBI: 62; FLD%: .967... 2011 Stats: Batting Avg.: .439; OB%: .516; SLG%: .879; HR: 9... Played for the Knoxville Thunder '93 Travel Team... Coached by Bill Oliver.

Personal: Full name is Angela Nicole Ball... Born Feb. 19, 1993 in Newport, Tenn... Daughter of Ricky and Angela Ball... Cousin, Jan Sneed, played softball at Lincoln Memorial from 1983-87; Cousin, Jennifer Rader played at Lees-McRae (2000-04)... Majoring in physical education (K-12)... SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll... Athletic Director's Honor Roll... Future plans: Teach and coach high school softball... Community service: Nettie Day; Favorite Author: Ellen Hopkins; Favorite class at Tusculum: Rhythm and Dance; Favorite midnight snack: Fruit and Peanut Butter; Favorite musical artist: Rihanna; Favorite song: "Sail" by AWOLNATION; Nicole can't go a week without: Music; Most thrilling moment in sports: Winning a berth to the ASA Nationals three years in a row with her travel team; Advice to kids: "Always work hard and never give up on your dreams"; Favorite colors: Black and Blue; Favorite sport other than softball: Baseball; Favorite foods: Steak, Tacos, Chicken Wings, Spaghetti; People Nicole most admires: God, her parents, her boyfriend Andy and her best friend, Kelli Wyrick; Toughest opponent Nicole has ever played against: Ellen Renfroe; What people don't know about Nicole: She has a star named after her and she loves old Hollywood; When she was a kid, Nicole tried to be like: Her mother; When people first meet Nicole, they think: "She's shy".