|City/State:||Yorba Linda, Calif.|
|High School:||El Dorado|
|Other College:||Mt. SAC|
* Updated season/career stats are available via the link above, and to see preseason career game-by-game stats (PDF) click here.
• One of six Duck seniors in 2012, and its only outfielder in the class (and could play first base, too). Looms as one of team’s top left-handed bats, thanks to her power and selective eye at the plate.
• Shined as one of team’s top additions at the plate in 2011, and started 41 games and saw action in 52 contests. Defensively, her strong and accurate arm connected on three assists in Pac-10 play and landed her the team's Web Gem (Defensive) Award.
• One of four Ducks on current roster with grand slams to their credit, and her’s came in a comeback win over returning World Series qualifier Hawai’i.• Played three seasons for the same El Dorado High School as recent Duck centerfielder Neena Bryant, one of Oregon's greatest hitters. Was a star first baseman at Mt. San Antonio College in 2009 and '10. An NFCA All-American in 2010, also was tabbed to the Canada Cup All-Star Team at first base in the summer of 2009.
Before Oregon: At Mt. SAC, the All-America, all-state and all-conference first-team pick helped her
team win the 2009 California state junior college title (44-11) and runner-up honors in 2010 (38-13). As a sophomore in 2010, led the
conference in doubles (21) and walks (27), and ranked second in hitting (.481) and third in hits (63), and team-wise stood first in hitting (.475), second in hits (66), slugging (.748) and RBI (50), and third in home runs (5). In club action in the summer of 2009 Canada Cup, the first baseman led
TFS International team with 11 RBI and batted .480. As a freshman, she
ranked second for Mt. SAC in the South Coast League in RBI (46), third in home runs (10), and
fourth in batting (.508, 69-for-130), doubles (16) and triples (3), and
claimed the best hitter award in the state tournament and Easton
All-America honors. In summer of 2010, was a coach for the Lady Outlaws and the San Dimas Girls Softball All Stars club teams.
2011 SEASON (Junior)
One of three newcomers that made key contributions for the Ducks offensively as the team set a school record in homers (71, 1.22 p/g) and posted its best per-game averages for runs (5.14) and sacrifice flies (0.53). At season’s end, she ranked fourth in Pac-10 and 75th nationally in hit by pitches (75, 0.19 p/g), and led squad with Alexa Peterson. In team rankings, also led walks category (20-tied) and on-base percentage (.435), and stood fourth in doubles (6-tied) and fifth in slugging (.510), RBI (24) and multi-RBI games (6). Logged most of her time in right field (32 starts) and batted in five different lineup spots from the fifth position on down. Had three multi-hit games, with a season-high three hits in each. Had arguably team’s greatest weekend of season at the plate in the Louisville Slugger Classic in Las Vegas in mid-February. Went 3-for-3 with a game-winning grand slam in a victory over then-unbeaten World Series returnee and No. 9 Hawaii. Later that day, hit a two-run, seventh-inning homer in a 3-for-4 afternoon extra-inning win over Arkansas. For that series, she hit a tourney-best .727 (8-for-11, 1.545 slugging, 17 total bases, 9 RBI), and added a third pinch-hit homer to tie the game in the seventh inning vs. Utah and help UO to a 8-5 victory in the tourney opener. Two weeks later, drilled a pair of doubles and scored twice in a 3-for-3 effort against NCAA qualifier Pacific (2/28). Rattled off a season-best six-game hitting streak to cap the non-conference slate in tilts vs. Portland State, UNLV, Fairfield and at No. 6 Washington. In other Pac-10 contests, went 3-for-5 with a homer and 3 RBI in 12-6 win over then-No. 9 Arizona in late April. A week later in early May, went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer in deciding game of three-game set vs. then-No. 10 Stanford (5/8) and take its first series off the Cardinal since 2007. Defensively, posted a .925 fielding mark (34 putouts, 3 assists, 3 errors).
Prep: Helped her El Dorado high school team claim a No. 1 NFCA national ranking, two Century League titles and a second-place CIF finish. Individually, her .470 batting average helped her earn all-league and all-county honors.
Personal: Social services major. Parents are Greg and Teri, and has one sister, Jessica.
NIETO'S CAREER STATISTICS
Year Avg GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP OB% SF-SH SB-ATT PO A FLD%
2011 .270 52 41 100 16 27 6 0 6 24 51 .510 20 10 .435 1- 1 0-1 34 3 .925
TOTAL .270 52 41 100 16 27 6 0 6 24 51 .510 20 10 .435 1- 1 0-1 34 3 .925
Runs scored: 2, Three times, (last vs Pacific (2/28/11))
Hits: 3, Three times, (last vs Pacific (2/28/11))
Doubles: 2, vs Pacific 2/28/11
Home Runs: 1, Four times, (last vs #9 Arizona (4/30/11))
RBIs: 4, vs #9 Hawai’i (2/19/11)
Total bases: 6, Twice, (last vs Arkansas (2/19/11)
NIETO Q&A: THE OREGON DIFFERENCE
Q: How long have you been a Duck fan or wanted to come to Oregon?
CN: "Since I meet Shelley Deadmond at the Canada Cup Tournament a few years ago."
Q: When you talk to others about how you love being a Duck, what are the first things you talk about?
CN: "How beautiful it is here in Eugene and what a cool college town."
Q: Besides athletics, what things initially attracted you to the University part of U of O?
CN: "How green it is, and how the people are so nice."
Q: What things do you remember from your Oregon recruiting trip?
CN: "The amazing Jaqua Academic Center!"
Q: In what ways does playing in the Pac-10 prepare you to be your best?
CN: "Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to play in this conference. That was my dream. Now making it here pushes me to be better."
Q: What are some of the things that the coaches emphasized in the recruiting process?
CN: "How supportive they are about their athletes, and how important school and grades are."
Q: What are the special parts about playing in a college town like Eugene?
CN: "Everyone in the community gets involved and is a fan!"
Q: Describe Coach White’s mission statement or general philosophy to being successful, both as a team and as an individual.
CN: "His plan of attack is fierce. I like that he has a lot of energy and is so positive. Coach Dodd and the others stand out because of their strong drive and intensity."
Q: Oregon’s state-of-the art facilities are an important pitch in the recruiting process – what were your impressions of various ones?
CN: "The Jaqua was unbelieavable, and the close proximity of all the facilities was great. You can walk or ride your bike anywhere on or near campus."
Q: Are there other unique elements in the University of Oregon athletic department that you didn’t find anywhere else?
CN: "The training room is not only there for treatment, but their nutrition bar is great. We can get bagels in the morning, juice, gatorade, goldfish crackers, etc. You can't get this anywhere else."
Q: What’s your major, and what led you to pick it?
CN: "Sociology - I love working with children and I'm really interested in working in social services."
Q: What extra academic resources do you take advantage of, and how do they help you be your best in the classroom?
CN: "I love all the tutors we get to use everyday. Not every school gets to have such the great support we have here."
Q: Do you have a special pride to wearing the Oregon uniform, and why?
CN: "Wearing the 'O' is that best feeling ever - I feel like a part of something BIG. I've always wanted to play D1 ball, and now I'm living my dream."
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