24 Heather Nelson  
    Heather Nelson


    Riverside, Calif.

    High School:
    La Sierra





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    SENIOR YEAR (2012)
    • Received the team's Hoosier Award
    Played in 44 games, making nine starts ... played all three outfield positions ... hit .207 (6-29) overall with a triple and four RBI ... scored 11 runs ... picked up her first RBI of the season with a groundout against Florida International that put the Hoosiers on top for good in the sixth inning ... went 2-for-3 with a three-run triple in the first game against Wichita State ... had another hit and run scored in game two against Wichita State ... had a hit and two runs scored against Michigan State in game two ... named Academic All-Big Ten

    JUNIOR YEAR (2011)
    Appeared in 39 games and was in the starting lineup for 24 of those ... got the start in left field 18 times and six times in right field ... hit .191 in 68 at-bats with 12 runs scored and five RBI ... was second on the team with five sacrifice hits ... drew a walk and scored a run against Cal Poly ... was 1-for-1 with a run scored against DePaul ... had a hit and a run scored against Missouri State ... went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... picked up two hits and a RBI against Wright State at the IU Classic ... drew a bases loaded walk against Wisconsin ... went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice against Iowa ... named Academic All-Big Ten.

    Appeared in 31 games and started in 4...went 1-for-2 against Central Arkansas (2/28) and scored a run against Cal State Fullerton (3/6) ... named Academic All-Big Ten.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (2009)
    Played in 48 games, making 43 starts ... made 38 starts in left field and five in center field ... collected 20 hits and scored 14 runs ... was walked 18 times on the year, the second-most on the team ... went 2-for-3 in her first collegiate game against Cal Poly (2/6) ... drew a bases loaded walk against No. 4 UCLA (2/7) for her first career RBI ... walked with the bases loaded against UC Riverside (2/21) for her second run batted in of the season ... had a career high three hits against Indiana State (3/26) ... picked up two hits and scored a run against Michigan State (4/11) ... closed the season with two hits and two runs scored against Purdue (5/9).

    Nelson is a four-time letterwinner at La Sierra High School for coach Sherri Lazzarini ... she was named Coca Cola Citrus Belt Athlete of the Year as a senior ... also received Riverside Player of the Year honors ... she was named to the first team All-Ivy League for the second consecutive season following her senior campaign ... she garnered second team accolades in her first two seasons ... received the National Scholar-Athlete Award from the U.S. Army ... Played with the Southern California Pride 18U Gold travel team and helped the team to a ninth place finish out of 136 teams in Seattle, Wash. and a runner-up finish at the Hall of Fame Tournament in Oklahoma City ... daughter of Ken and Kathy Nelson ... majoring in Studio Art.


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