Softball downs Nittany Lions, 4-2 and 6-3, during World's Largest Softball Tailgate IX
Illinois will host Penn State at 10:30 a.m. CT for Senior Day
Illini close home schedule with World's Largest Softball Tailgate, Senior Day vs. Penn State
Orange and Blue look to improve to 7-1 against Salukis all-time
Perkins three-run homer highlights extra-innings scoring outburst
2012 - Senior: Hit .232 (23-for-99) with three doubles and two triples while playing in 52 games and making 38 starts mainly in right field ... Scored 11 runs and secured nine RBIs with 14 walks drawn and seven stolen bases ... Notched single-season career-highs in batting average, at bats, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, walks, on base percentage, sacrifices and putouts ... Connected for her first collegiate extra-base hit against Massachusetts in the season-opener on Feb. 10, notching a run-scoring double ... Scored her first run of the season against Pittsbugh on Feb. 17, racing home in the seventh inning to tie the contest at 1-1 ... Earned the first two-hit game of her collegiate career against Florida Atlantic on March 2 ... Tallied her first collegiate triple against Providence on March 16 ... Finished 2-for-2 with a walk, run scored, RBI and another triple against Boston U. on March 16 ... Secured a two-RBI double against Massachusetts two-time All-American pitcher Sara Plourde on March 17 ... Tallied a run-scoring single on March 25 against the Minnesota Gophers ... Went 1-for-1 with two runs scored as a pinch runner and right fielder against Indiana State on March 28 ... Closed action at Iowa with a 2-for-3 game on April 1, also drawing a walk ... Singled and was hit by a pitch in game two at Nebraska on April 6 ... Knocked a base hit through the left side and scored a run during Illinois' three-run game-winning eighth inning at Eastern Illinois on April 12 ... Led the Illini with a 5-for-6 (.883) day against Wisconsin on April 15, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a double in the first half of a doubleheader before closing the series with a 2-for-3, one RBI performance ... Drew a pair of walks, scored a run and stole a base against Penn State in game two on May 5.
2011 - Junior: Made 43 appearances, including nine starts ... Saw considerable time as a pinch runner while also playing left and center field ... Scored 16 runs on the season while using her agility to record nine stolen bases in nine attempts ... Saw her first time in the field against Baylor on Feb. 11, stepping to the plate once ... Singled, drove in a run and stole a base in her only plate appearance against Providence on Feb. 18 ... Went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base against Pittsburgh on Feb. 19 as the designated player ... Scored a career-best two runs against San Jose State on March 19 to go with one walk and an RBI.
2010 - Sophomore: Saw time in 43 games ... Scored 14 runs to go with one hit ... Was a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts ... Served as one of the Illini's main pinch runners.
2009 - Freshman: Played in 27 games with one start against Minnesota on May 3 ... Made 21 appearances as a pinch runner ... Scored six runs ... First career run was scored on Feb. 6 against James Madison.
High School: Named second team all-state by the Illinois Coaches Association in 2008 ... Led Glenbard South to a third-place finish in the 2008 IHSA 3A state tournament ... Was a back-to-back Western Sun All-Conference selection ... Led Dupage County with 30 stolen bases in 2008 ... Led Glenbard South with 26 stolen bases in 2007, also batting .365 ... Daily Herald All-Area honoree in 2006 and 2007 ... Set the school record in the 300m dash and earned all-conference track honors ... Also earned all-conference and all-area honors in basketball ... Played travel softball with the Illinois Thunder ... Honor Roll student ... Member of Glenbard Leadership Council ... Member of Western Sun Athletic Council ... Named Nelson's Magazine's Today Top Student.
Personal: Born Feb. 25, 1990 ... Daughter of Kevin and Sandra Simpson ... Has three younger siblings, Jasmine, Jeran and Kendall ... Grandfather is Chicago Cubs great and Hall of Famer, Billy Williams ... Majoring in community health.
Getting to Know Nikki: Favorite Food: Fruit and chicken fingers ... Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs ... Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan ... Favorite Big Ten team to beat: Northwestern ... Favorite actress: Angelina Jolie ... Favorite Music Artist: Rascal Flatts ... Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy ... Dream Job: Owning an MLB team ... Career Goals: Something in the medical field ... Why Illinois? "I love the school and it's amazing!"