Armagost Earns NFCA All-America Honors
For the first time in her illustrious career, junior standout Nikki Armagost was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America team on Wednesday, May 30. Fifty-four student-athletes from 33 different institutions representing 13 conferences earned the honor of being named to one of the three 2012 Division I All-American teams. Armagost was named to the NFCA All-America Third Team as a first baseman.
"Words can't describe what this accomplishment means to me, the staff and the team in general," said Armagost. "It has been a personal goal of mine since coming to Pacific to work my way to an award like this. I want to especially thank my parents for believing in me and always telling me I could play and compete at this level no matter where I was coming from."
Armagost became the first Tiger since the 2007 season to earn All-America honors and becomes the ninth Tiger in program history to be named to the prestigous team. The junior joins Jennae Lambdin (1981, 1983), Becky Suttman (1985), Wendee Espinosa (1992), Carolyn Wilson (1996), Brandee McArthur (1999), Cindy Ball (2001, 2002), Gina Carbonatto (2004, 2006, 2007) and Jennifer Curtier (2005, 2007) as Pacific All-Americans. She was also the first All-American in the Big West since Cal Poly's Anna Cahn earned the award in 2009.
The two-time reigning Big West Player of the Year and First Team All-Pacific Region honoree finished the season among the best all-around players in the nation both at the plate and in the field. For the year, Armagost led the Big West in hitting with a .433 batting average, a number that ranked her season among the all-time best as she finished No. 7 in the Big West record book and No. 2 in Pacific's single-season history. Her .433 mark ranked No. 16 nationally among all Division I hitters, placing her among the top 1% of hitters in the country in the regular season. Against some of the nation's toughest pitchers, Armagost tallied a .314 batting average while tagging two home runs and driving in seven RBI against teams in the NCAA tournament.
With her stellar average, Armagost pounded out 71 hits in 51 games, finishing second in the conference only to her teammate Megan Hom. Of her 71 hits, the junior posted 23 extra-base hits as she finished her campaign with 18 doubles and five home runs. Her 18 doubles ranked sixth nationally in the regular season. In addition to her batting, in the field, Armagost was one of the best defenders in the Big West and the country as the junior committed just one error throughout the year to finish with a .996 fielding percentage.
"We are extremely proud of Nikki for her accomplishments for both herself and the program this season," said Head Coach Brian Kolze. "This award is a testament to her commitment, drive and work ethic and it is extremely special for her to be among the players honored this season for their play. It is special that she and her family had the confidence to send her this far from home to California to achieve her goals and to have faith in this program that it was the place for her. I can not tell you how impressed I am of her as both a player and a person."