Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom
Illinois returns majority of offense, gains young talent in pitching rotation
Illini turn two double plays to move into 36th nationally
Alex Booker went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt
Wisconsin 5, Illinois 1 // Wisconsin 5, Illinois 2
Photos from Illinois' game vs. Wisconsin on March 23, 2013
Photos from the Illini's 2013 home opener, a thrilling, come-from-behind extra-inning victory.
Photos from the Illini's 6-2 victory over Western Michigan at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
Photos from the Fighting Illini Softball team's annual Christmas Party
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 ... Majoring in Political Science.
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!