2014 - Sophomore: Made three appearances on the season as a pinch hitter ... Went 0-for-2 with a walk at the plate ... Worked consistently with the Illini pitching staff as a bullpen catcher ... Walked as a pinch hitter against Binghamton in her first plate appearance of the season ... Pinch hit against Western Michigan and No. 15 Minnesota.
2013 - Freshman: Appeared in 17 games for the Illini, primarily as a pinch hitter, making five starts as the designated player ... Tallied three hits, four walks and an RBI in 20 at-bats for a .320 on base percentage ...Walked to load the bases against No. 1 Alabama, which eventually led to a run ... Had a pinch-hit RBI single against Providence ... Went 1-for-2 in her start at DP against Western Michigan ... Walked to load the bases as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning against Northwestern on Apr. 7 ... Tabbed one of Illinois' two hits in her start against Eastern Illinois.
High School: 2011 Minnesota AAA Batting Champion and Top Hitter ... Helped lead Bloomington Jefferson to the Minnesota AAA Consolation State Tournament Championship in 2011 ... Named all-state, all-metro, all-section and all-conference during the 2011 season ... Was integral in Bloomington Jefferson's 2011 section championship - the first in school history ... Named the Varsity Offensive MVP while taking home the Varsity Jaguar Award in 2011 ... 2010 All-Conference ... 2010 Varsity MVP ... 2009 Varsity Defensive MVP ... National Honor Society Member.
Personal: Daughter of Carlos Tobon ... Has two brothers, Oscar and Daniel ... Father played professional soccer in Columbia ... Involved in SAAC and SALSC at Illinois.
Getting to Know Nicole:
Favorite Food: Chipotle
Favorite Pro Team: Minnesota Twins
Favorite Athlete: Chase Utley
Favorite Band: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Quote: "There's no crying in baseball!" Tom Hanks - A League of Their Own
Favorite Pregame Meal: Anything my dad makes for me! I always have to eat right before we play.
Dream Job: Unrealistically - A brain surgeon. Realistically - An international business woman.
Fun Fact: I'm bilingual. I can speak Spanish.
Weirdest Quirk: My laugh
Famous person you admire and why: I admire Lionel Messi, because he's the best soccer player in the world.
Favorite Class You've Taken: Economy
Who most influenced your athletic career? My dad was the most influential person in helping me play Division I softball because he would always practice with me and help me with my swing. Love you dad!