|High School:||Andover Central HS|
Named to the Top 50 “Watch List” For The 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
Continuing were she left off from her first season, Armagost put together an epic sophomore season that culminated with her selection as the Big West's Player of the Year as well as a two-position All-Big West First Team honoree and a Second Team All-Region award winner. For the year, Armagost proved to be one of the most versatile players in the Big West as she was a threat at the plate, in the circle and with her glove at first base. Overall, Nikki posted a .367 average, tied for 10th best in Pacific single-season history, while driving in 45 runs and scoring 35 runs. Armagost finished the season with 65 hits, tied for ninth in program history. Her 45 RBI ranked tied for the fifth most in single-season history, and second only to teammate Nicole Matson for the season. In addition, Armagost posted three home runs on the year, two of which came in grand fashion, while she also recorded two five-RBI games, making her just the second player in program history to record such a feat in a single season.
In addition to her stellar showing at the plate, Armagost was just as good in the circle as the sophomore posted a 19-11 overall record with a 2.66 ERA. Her 19 victories placed the ace in the top-10 in single-season history as she moved into a tie with three others for 10th all-time. Even more impressively, Armagost was nearly unbeatable in Big West play as she posted a 10-1 record against conference foes while posting a 1.79 ERA. She picked up three of her four shutouts on the year in Big West play while throwing eight complete games. For her efforts, Armagost took home two pitcher of the week awards on April 11 and May 9. Armagost earned second team pitching honors and first team utility honors in 2010.
Making the transition from high school to college, Nikki wasted little time establishing herself as one of the elite players in the Big West in just her first season. Living up to the lofty expectations coming into Pacific out of high school, the freshman ace for the Tigers finished her first collegiate season with a 13-12 overall record, with her 13 wins ranking fourth among conference pitchers. Above her overall record, Armagost's numbers in the circle were stunning for a freshman as she led the conference in ERA (2.12) and in opposing batting average (.210). Even more impressively, Armagost proved to be the Tigers' work horse as she finished the year with a conference-best 19 complete games, including 10 in conference play, and five shutouts while throwing 172.0 innings. Additionally, Armagost was near the top in strikeouts as she finished the year with 123 while leading the conference with 41 looking. For the year, Armagost picked up one conference pitcher of the week award as she earned the distinction on Mar. 1 after picking up a complete game, 4-2, victory over then No. 22 Northwestern. On top of her stellar year in the circle, Armagost proved to be just as adept at the plate as she finished her freshman campaign hitting .284 with three home runs, a team-best 12 doubles and 29 RBI. Her 29 RBI ranked fifth in the conference overall and second among all freshmen as she trailed only fellow All-Big West honoree, Megan Allen, who finished the year with 30 RBI. Armagost's 12 doubles placed her name in the Tigers' single-season record books as her 2010 campaign ranks tied for No. 10 all-time. In the field, Armagost committed just one error in 201 chances despite playing three different positions for the Tigers. Her lone error came while pitching in conference play as she was flawless playing mainly at first base for the Tigers when not pitching. After the season, Armagost was named the team's most valuable player as voted on by her peers. For her efforts, Armagost was named the Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year while also earning First Team All-Big West honors as a pitcher and second team honors as a utility player.
One of the most distinguished high school players to come to Pacific out of the state of Kansas, Nikki was a 2009 graduate of Andover Central High School in Andover, Kan. A star pitcher and infielder for Andover, Armagost closed out her high school career by being named the 2009 Kansas State Softball Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior after leading the Eagles to their first ever 5A state championship. As a senior, Armagost posted a 14-0 record with a 0.07 ERA and struck out 168 batters, walking six, in 98.2 innings. Additionally, she posted 11 shutouts and threw a perfect game on April 7, 2009. At the plate, Armagost also hit .447 with 19 RBIs, had a .494 on-base percentage and a .697 slugging percentage. In addition to player of the year honors and First Team All-State honors, Armagost earned All-Metro honors and her fourth First Team All-Greater Wichita Athletic League selection for the fourth consecutive season. As a junior, Armagost led the Jaguars to 21-6 overall record in 2008 and a third place finish at the Kansas State softball tournament. During the year, Armagost proved to be one of the most durable players in the country as she once threw 23 innings in a single night including a 21-inning marathon contest against Clearwater High School during which she recorded an amazing 33 strikeouts. As both a sophomore and a junior, Armagost earned first team all-state honors in the circle for the Jaguars and was named the league's co-Most Valuable Player as a junior after posting a minuscule 0.52 ERA with 10 wins. At the plate, Armagost was even better, notching a .495 batting average with eight doubles, six triples and six homeruns. With 47 hits, Armagost drove in 25 runs while scoring 28 herself.
Nicole Armagost was born in Wichita, Kan., and is the daughter of Deann and Steve Armagost. She has two older brothers, Drew and Kyle. In her third year at Pacific, Nikki is an education major.