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2014 Softball Roster

Samantha Nieves

Class: JR-2L
Position: SS
Height: 5-3
Previous School: South Hills HS
Hometown: Covina, Calif.

2013-2014 (Junior)
Started all 55 games and finished fifth on the team with a .236 batting average … Tallied 43 hits with six doubles and two home runs … Fourth on the team with 16 RBI, which includes a season-high three-RBI game against Florida A&M Feb. 15 … Tallied four multi-RBI games and 10 multi-hit games … Tallied a season-best three hits against Tennessee State March 2 and three at Charlotte March 30.

2012-2013 (Sophomore)
Started all 54 games for the Blue Raiders in 2013 ... Led the team with 42 hits ... Was second on the team with eight doubles and 18 runs ... Drove in 15 runs while slugging .405 ... Had a team-high 136 assists, ranking her in the Top 10 for career assists ... Had two doubles and drove in three runs against Troy on March 6 ... Season-high four RBI on March 27 versus Austin Peay.

2011-2012 (Freshman)
Started all 49 games at shortstop for the Blue Raiders in 2012 ... Tallied a double in first-career at-bat on Feb. 17 against Kansas ... Belted a two-run home run in second-career at-bat for first career home run, run batted in and run scored ... Scored career-high two runs while going 2-4 against Virginia Tech on Feb. 26 ... Amassed a total of six multi-hit games ... Notched at least one hit in seven of 10 games during stretch in March ... Finished season tied for second on the squad with eight walks ... Placed second on the team with 102 assists and was third with 92 putouts.

High School
Competed in softball at South Hills High School ... Valedictorian of high school class, Top-25 Scholar, Summit Scholar, National Honor Society, and received Principal’s Highest Honors ... Helped lead the Huskies to CIF runner-up finished in 2010 and 2011 … 2011 CIF MVP, All-CIF First Team selection, All-Area First Team selection … Broke the South Hills school record for most games played with 114, and reaching base in most consecutive games with 57 … As a junior was All-League First Team, voted Best Offensive Player, and Broke most runs in a season (42) … In 2009 voted Second Team All-League … As a freshman, garnered First Team All-CIF, Frist team All-League, First team all-Area, Rookie of the Year and Best Defensive Player.

Born Jan. 23, 1993 in Glendale,Calif. ... Daughter of Orlando and Iris Nieves ... Full name is Samantha Racquel Nieves ... Has two brothers, Travis Nieves and Orlando Nieves III... Enjoys eating Sushi … Lists Gladiator as her favorite movie and Russell Crowe as her favorite actor… Likes to listen to country music and Lee Brice … Of her many hobbies, reading is one of her favorites and her favorite book is The Shack … Peyton Manning is her favorite athlete … Best moment of her athletic career is hitting a grand slam … Admires her mother … Enjoys meeting new people …. Competitiveness is her favorite attribute of the MT coaching staff … Majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Horse Science with two minors in biology and chemistry.

2014 Game-by-Game Stats