25 - Nikki Barba
Nikki Barba
Height: 5-3
Year: Jr.
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Mt. Carmel
Position: IF

As a Sophomore: Barba took home her first career All-NEC distinction with Second Team honors following a breakout sophomore season in 2013…Also named to the College Sports Madness All-NEC First Team…She went from sixth on the team in batting average in 2012 all the way up to second with a .331 mark at year's end…Her average was good enough for a spot in the Top-10 of the NEC in 2013…Barba improved across the boards in terms of hits (49), runs scored (31), RBI (23), home runs (4), doubles (13), walks (20), stolen bases (7), on-base percentage (.421) and slugging percentage (.500)…She ranked in the top-three on the team in all respective categories and did so while starting all 52 games in 2013 at the second base position for Quinnipiac…Barba put together an 11-game hitting streak earlier in the season which was the highest for any Bobcat hitter throughout 2013…Drew a career-high three walks in the season opener against Marshall on Feb. 23…Tallied her first of four three-hit games against UNC Greensboro on Feb. 23 as she finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, one double, one home run, two RBI and one stolen base…Was a part of the Bobcats’ back-to-back-to-back home run spree against UNC Greensboro, coming one home run shy of tying the NCAA record…Reeled off a streak of four straight games with one hit from Feb. 24 to Mar. 1…Walked twice and wrapped a single to go along with a run scored and RBI against Loyola Marymount on Mar. 2…The game against Loyola Marymount started another four game streak in which she tallied a base hit…Finished 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in a Mar. 12 victory over Maine…Picked up a base knock against national power USF on Mar. 12…Totaled two hits in back-to-back games starting with UT-Chattanooga on Mar. 13 (2-for-4, two runs, one double, two RBI) and Maine on Mar. 15 (2-for-2, two runs, one double, one home run, two RBI, two walks)…Knocked in a run with a double against Colgate on Mar. 16…Began her 11-game hitting streak on Mar. 17 against Cornell…Barba hit .444 (16-for-36) during the hitting streak with four doubles, nine runs and five RBI…Singled and walked against the Big Red and UCONN to start the streak on Mar. 17 and 26, respectively…Went 3-for-4 against the Huskies on Mar. 27 and followed up with another 3-for-4 day against Monmouth on Mar. 29 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI…Finished 1-for-3 in three straight games starting on Mar. 29…Picked up two hits against LIU Brooklyn on Apr. 6 and followed up with a 1-for-3 day with two runs and one RBI against Mount St. Mary’s…Scored a run in four straight games from Apr. 13-14 and totaled two hits in each game of a weekend doubleheader against Sacred Heart on Apr. 14…Finished 2-for-3 against Bryant on Apr. 27 with one double, one run and one RBI…Walked in six straight games starting on Apr. 18 against Harvard…Went 1-for-1 with two runs, one home run, one RBI, two walks and one stolen base against Manhattan on May 2…Stole two bases against St. Francis (Pa.) on May 5 and closed out the season with a 1-for-3 day in game two of a doubleheader against the Red Flash.

As a Freshman: Appeared in 48 games (all starts) at the second base position for the Bobcats, the most of any freshman on the roster…She finished with the sixth-best batting average on the team at .285 (37-for-130) which was good for 40th in the NEC…Also chipped in the fourth-most runs scored (17), third-most doubles (six), third-most home runs (two), fourth-most runs batted in (14), second-most walks (15), third-most steals (six) and fourth-highest on-base percentage (.367)…Also shined defensively for Quinnipiac with a .957 fielding percentage, committing just seven errors from her second base position…Burst onto the scene with a season-high three hits against St. Peter’s on Feb. 25 with a run scored and one RBI…Scored a run in five straight games to start the season including a .417 batting average (5-for-12) with one double and two RBI in the five-game stretch…Finished 2-for-4 with a run scored against CSU Bakersfield on March 16…Highlighted her season with a two home run performance against Sacred Heart on April 1 that started another five game hitting streak where Barba tore the cover off the ball with a .500 batting average (9-for-18), five runs scored, three doubles, and five RBI…Posted three straight games with two hits within the five game hitting streak from April 4 – 6…Finished a doubleheader against Wagner on April 14 going 3-for-8 with two runs scored, one double, and two RBI…Finished 2-for-4 against Bryant on April 29 with one RBI…Finished the season as the Bobcat’s hottest hitter riding a six game hitting streak into next season with a .444 batting average (8-for-18) including two runs scored and one RBI. 

Before Quinnipiac: Attended Mt. Carmel High School where she won three varsity letters in softball…Also, played varsity field hockey for one year…Won three CIF Championships in softball…Received the Coaches’ Award in 2009…Also, suited up for the SD Renegades, where she won a Western National Championship in 2007.

Personal: A native of San Diego, Calif…Daughter of Arthur and Arlene…Has an older brother, Geoffrey…An occupational therapy major.