UCSD Softball BIO
5 Nicole Saari

As a Junior in 2009: Named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-Region Second Team  and the All-CCAA Second Team after an impressive junior campaign... Earned the starting nod in 54 of UCSD's 55 games while reverting to her 2007 form at the plate, finishing fourth on the team in batting at .301 and tallied 21 runs, 10 doubles, a homer and 24 RBI... During CCAA play, hit .330 with 11 runs scored and 13 runs batted in... Outstanding defensively as well, throwing out a conference-high eight runners and making just two errors in 266 chances...  Posted a .337 batting average and .449 slugging percentage out of the cleanup spot for the Tritons... In the final two months of the season, April and May, she collected 26 hits in 80 at bats... Enters her senior season second all-time with a career fielding percentage of .991.

As a Sophomore in 2008: 
Started 55 games in her second season as a Triton, compiling a .178 batting average with two doubles, one home run, nine runs scored and  15 RBI... Went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI against Grand Canyon on Feb. 14... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored, two RBI and a double against Cal State Monterey Bay on April 4... Was successful in two of her four stolen base attempts... Recorded a spectacular .995 fielding percentage while racking up 319 putouts behind the plate... Both marks ranked fifth on the UCSD all-time single season leaderboard.

As a Freshman in 2007:  Earned First Team All-CCAA honors and was named the CCAA Freshman of the Year after batting .335 with 26 runs scored and 19 RBI during her rookie campaign... Was successful in all six of her stolen base attempts on the season... Had a .983 fielding percentage, making only three errors while racking up 157 putouts and 13 assists behind the plate... Her 57 hits ranked second on the team and ninth in program history for a single season... Had a breakout game in the win over San Francisco State on February 10, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBI... 11 of her 57 hits went for extra bases, 10 of which were doubles... Had 13 multi-hit games and seven sacrifice bunts.

High School:  A 2006 graduate of Woodcreek High School in Roseville, Calif... Was a three-sport letterwinner in basketball, volleyball and softball... Batted .378 with four home runs and 23 RBI as a senior... Is the school record holder for both single season and career assists in basketball... Helped the softball team to a 30-3 record and a league championship in 2006... Played club softball for the Roseville Heat from 1997-2006, helping her team to the U-18 ASA Nationals in 2004.

Born April 25, 1988... Parents are Michael and Candace Saari, both of whom attended Chico State... Has one older sister named Lindsey... Is a Communications major and Business Management minor at Muir College... Enjoys karaoke, basketball and volleyball in her free time... Favorite pro sports teams are the San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco 49ers... Favorite athlete is Tim Lincecum... Aspires to a career in sports marketing or public relations.

Position: Catcher
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
City/State: Roseville, CA
High School: Woodcreek HS
Experience: High School
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