UNLV softball uses four-run third to spark its victory over a team comprised of former Rebels.
The UNLV softball program welcomes back former players to play against the 2013-14 Rebels this Saturday.
2013 Spring lineup of R.E.B.S. Peak Performance program wraps.
UNLV: A 2005 NFCA All-America First Team and Louisville Slugger NFCA All-West Region First Team member ... A two-time Mountain West All-Conference Team member and six-time Player of the Week honoree ... A four-time academic all-conference member, also earned the scholar-athlete award twice ... Named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Eight Team ... Enters her senior year ranked highly in UNLV's career record book ... Ranks second overall in stolen bases (53); third in batting (.366), slugging percentage (.657) and on-base percentage (.445); fifth in home runs (28); eighth in runs (115), triples (eight) and total bases (291); and 10th in doubles (29) ... Owns UNLV single-season records in hits (89 in 2005), home runs (18 in 2005), total bases (176 in 2005) and stolen bases (35 in 2005) ... Set the UNLV record for most triples twice in a game with two against Iowa State (Feb. 17, 2005) and Southern Illinois (Feb. 19, 2005) ... Tied the UNLV record for most home runs in a single game with two against Colorado State (May 13, 2005) ... Has overcome numerous injuries that forced her to miss the last half of the 2006 season through the 2008 campaign.
2009: Tabbed to the Mountain West's All-Conference Team ... Named to the ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District Eight Team ... Started and played in 51 contests with 50 starts in left field and one as the designated player ... Led the team in walks (26), stolen bases (six) and game-winning runs (six) ... Finished second in home runs (10), total bases (89) and slugging percentage (.578) ... Finished third in runs (37), hits (49) and doubles (10) ... Batted .318 with 25 RBI and 37 runs scored ... Had 13 multiple-hit games, which included three-hit contests against both San Diego State (April 4) and Colorado State (April 12) ... Had four multiple-RBI games, which included a four-RBI game off a grand slam against New Mexico (April 25) and a three-RBI game against UC Santa Barbara (March 6) ... Had nine multiple-run games scoring twice in each ... Had four game-winning hits with three coming off solo home runs and the fourth from a three-run double against UC Santa Barbara (March 6) ... Five of the six game-winning runs came off of home runs ... Owned an 11-game hitting streak that began against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 27) that included a .429 batting average, 15 hits (five doubles and two home runs), nine runs and eight RBI ... Had six multiple-walk games with two walks in each ... Recorded nine walks in an eight-game stretch ... In first official at-bat since 2006, cranked a solo home run in the third inning against Marshall (Feb. 26).
2008: Sat out 2008 due to injury.
2007:2006: Started the first 26 contests of the season with 15 in center field and 11 in left field, before sitting out the remainder of the year due to injury ... Batted for a .300 average with 24 hits (two doubles) ... Had five RBI and scored 12 runs ... Stole 12 bases to finish second on the team ... Had three multiple-hit games, which included two games of three hits: Southern Utah (G2-Feb. 9) and UC Davis (Feb. 18) ... Had two multiple-RBI games: UC Davis (Feb. 18) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 24) ... Had three multiple-run games: Illinois-Chicago (Feb. 10), UC Davis (Feb. 18) and Portland State (March 3) ... Had three multiple-steal games with two stolen bases each against Illinois-Chicago (Feb. 10), Northwestern (Feb. 17) and Texas A&M (Feb. 25) ... Had one game-winning hit, a one-run double against Oklahoma State (Feb. 24) ... Scored the game-winning run twice ... Hit .383 with 18 hits (two doubles), five RBI and nine runs to begin the year with a 14-game hitting streak.
2005 International: Participated on Team USA's Elite Team at the Canada Cup (July 2-11 in Surrey, British Columbia) and the Intercontinental Cup (July 20-28 in Madrid, Spain) ... Started eight of 12 games, while helping the Elite Team to a 16-2 record ... Batted .481 with 13 hits (one home run and five doubles) in 27 at-bats ... Had six RBI and scored five runs ... Racked up a slugging percentage of .777 and an on-base percentage of .500.
2005: Named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America First Team and the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-West Region First Team ... Named the 2005 MWC Freshman of the Year and member of both the all-conference and all-tournament teams ... Selected a record six times for MWC Player of the Week honors ... The six selections were the most for a Rebel in any given season and in a career as a whole for a non-pitcher ... Started all 63 games of the season, all in left field and as the lead-off hitter ... Finished the year ranked nationally in six of the NCAA's offensive statistical categories: Runs (3rd/0.65 per game), slugging percentage (6th/.869), triples (8th/0.13 pg), batting average (10th/.426), stolen bases (11th/0.57 pg) and home runs (16th/0.30 pg) ... Led the MWC in seven offensive categories in overall games played and in five offensive categories in conference games only ... Hit for a .426 average ... Set UNLV single-season records for hits (89), home runs (18), runs (66), total bases (176) and stolen bases (35) ... Also, led the team in batting average (.426), doubles (17), triples (eight), RBI (46), on-base percentage (.487) and game-winning runs (12) ... Tied for the team-high in game-winning hits with nine ... Had at least one hit in 51 of 63 games ... Had a team-high 27 multiple-hit games, which included two games of four hits: Southern Illinois (Feb. 19) and Illinois (March 24) ... Had seven multiple-RBI games, which included two games of five RBI: Iowa State (Feb. 17) and Illinois (March 24) ... Had 18 multiple-run games, which included five games of three runs: Ohio State (Feb. 25), Iowa State (Feb. 17), Long Island (March 16), BYU (G2-April 9) and Colorado State (G1-May 6) ... Held two hitting streaks of 10 games and three of five games ... The first 10-game hitting streak (March 12-March 26) included a .567 average, 17 hits (four home runs, one triple and seven doubles), 10 RBI and 14 runs ... The second 10-game hitting streak (April 13-May 6) included a .441 average, 15 hits (four home runs, one triple and two doubles), 10 RBI and 13 runs ... After only one season, ranked fifth in career stolen bases, seventh in career home runs and eighth in career triples ... Began the season a perfect 34-for-34 in stolen bases until caught in an attempt against Colorado State (May 13) in the MWC Tournament ... Finished the season 35-for-36 in steals ... Had nine multiple-steal games, which included two three-steal games: Oklahoma State (Feb. 13) and New Mexico (G2-May 8) ... Tied a UNLV single-game record by hitting two home runs against Colorado State (May 13) ... Tied a UNLV single-game record by hitting two triples twice in a game, Iowa State (Feb. 17) and Southern Illinois (Feb. 19) ... Defensively, only committed one error in 102 chances and assisted on four putouts for a .990 fielding percentage.
High School: A 2004 graduate of Diamond Bar HS ... In 2004, finished the season with a 9-2 record in the circle and a 0.65 ERA ... In the batter's box held a .380 average and amassed 40+ RBI en route to numerous awards, such as: 2004 Diamond Bar HS Female Athlete of the Year, All-Sierra League First Team, All-Inland Valley, All-San Gabriel Valley ... Received other individual awards: The Michelle Carew award, "30' award and the Best of the West All-Tournament Team ... In 2003, finished with an 8-1 pitching record and a 0.61 ERA, while hitting for a .333 batting average ... Chosen as the Best Defensive Player and to the All-Sierra League First Team, All-Inland Valley, All-San Gabriel Valley and as the MVP of the Charter Oak Tournament ... In 2002, selected as the "Most Dedicated Player" on her team and was named to the All-Sierra League First Team ... Lettered all four years in softball and volleyball ... Was an academic all-league member in 2001, 2002 and 2004 ... Played ASA travel ball for the Southern California Athletics 18U Gold team.
Personal: Marissa Katherine Nichols was born March 2, 1986, in Whittier, Calif. ... The daughter of Ron and MaryKay Nichols ... Has two brothers, Justin and Spencer ... Says her parents have influenced her most in life ... Graduated in 2008 with an undergraduate degree in human services counseling, currently working on master's in school counseling.