As the 2014 LMU softball season approaches, the LMU Sports Network feature Inside the Lions will introduce fans to the newest members of the Lion squad. Each freshman will be featured and interviewed by their senior teammate Sam Nelson.
The LMU softball team completed the four-game sweep of Saint Mary's Sunday, earning 5-0 and 2-1 victories over the Gaels.
The LMU softball team suffered a setback Saturday at Santa Clara, dropping a pair of one-run games to the Broncos, 3-2 and 4-3.
Sydney Gouveia had 25 strikeouts in two games Saturday, including an LMU reocrd 17 in a 4-0 win over Cal State Northridge.
The LMU softball team closed out its opening weekend of play with a second straight 1-1 split, earning a 3-0 shutout of Utah State before falling 8-3 to Arkansas in the final game of the Red Desert Classic Saturday.
Lions' All-Access Highlights of Samantha Nelson
Softball vs. San Diego - Apr. 27, 2013 Photos by Jeff Golden
SB Marina International Hotel Showcase - March 15-19, 2011 Photos by Scott Cunningham
March 15, 2011 Photos by Scott Cunningham
2012...Started all 53 games in the Lions' outfield... hit .256 for the season with 19 RBIs, six doubles, two home runs and 34 runs scored... had nine multi-hit games including one three-hit outing versus Bethune-Cookman (Feb. 29)...
2011...Appeared in 51 games in her freshman campaign, starting in 40 in the outfield...hit .262 with 13 RBIs and five doubles...tabbed three stolen bases off five attempts...had a three-hit game against San Diego (May 8) and recorded three RBIs against Rutgers (Feb. 18)...
High School...four-year letterwinner at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore. for coach Jim Special... two-time Metro League Player of the Year... four-time All-Metro League selection... First Team All-State for class 6A... as a senior, hit .587 with .717 on-base percentage and 1.043 slugging percentage... smashed 10 home runs with 37 RBI and 21-21 on stolen bases... was 82-83 on steals in her career... also played two years of basketball... honor roll student... Ignatian Scholar...
Personal...Samantha Kay Nelson was born on October 10, 1991 in Portland, Ore.... parents are Robert and Robin Nelson... chose LMU for its great education, small campus, and the softball program... also considered UNLV, Cal, Washington, and Oregon... volunteered with the Oregon Food Bank, Special Olympics, The Blanchet House, and Comcast Tree Restoration... competed against current LMU teammates Sam Fischer and Stevie Goldstein in high school... majoring in business administration...