Final B1G Series on Tap
No. 19 Huskers Sweep Series
Kaff tosses a gem, scatters five hits
MSU will celebrate its senior class on Sunday
Spartans host mid-week game vs. intrastate rival
Michigan State softball takes on Lansing Community College in a fall doubleheader at Secchia Stadium on Sept. 23.
Michigan State Softball takes on UAB at the Combat Classic in Miami, Fla.
The Spartans play at Florida during the 2011-2012 season.
Career Statistics/Career Highs
JUNIOR (2014): Hit .219, with two doubles and a pair of home runs in 41 games played ... Had a single in MSU's 5-0 victory over Rhode Island (2/9) ... Had an RBI single in the top of the 7th inning in a late rally against Oklahoma (2/16) ...Went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice in a 5-2 win over UNC-Wilmington (2/21) ... Had a hit and a run scored, along with a sacrifice bunt, against Boston Universtiy (2/22) ... Had a hit, a walk, and a stolen base in a win over Georgetown (2/23) ... Had an RBI single in a loss to Bethune Cookman and another RBI later in the day against Hofstra (3/1) ... Recorded a hit in each of the four games at the FAU Invitational, including an RBI single against Marshall on a double (3/7) ... Also had an RBI single against Florida Atlantic (3/9) in an extra-innings loss ... Went 1-for-3 against Hofstra in MSU's 1-0 victory (3/8) ... Went 1-for-2 against Virginia Tech (3/8) ... Had her five-game hitting streak snapped against Toledo (3/15), but she did reach base and score a run in an extra-inning game against the Rockets ... Had a pair of hits in the doubleheader at Ohio State (3/22), with four RBI and a double ... Her hit in the nightcap of the doubleheader was a two -run shot to left field, her first career home run ... Came up with a pinch hit in the series finale against Penn State (4/6) ... Delivered an RBI single as a pinch hitter in the second game of the doubleheader against Indiana (4/9) ... Had a pinch-hit single in the first game at home vs. Michigan (4/12) ... Had an impressive catch in right field that robbed a UM hitter of a home run (4/13) ... Came to the plate as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning vs. EMU (4/16), and delivered a solo homer in a 1-0 MSU win ... Went 1-for-3 in the middle game at Iowa (4/19) ... Delivered a sac fly and RBI in a home game vs. CMU (4/23) ... Came in as a pinch hitter against Nebraska (4/26), and had one of MSU's two hits ...
SOPHOMORE (2013): Started in 14 of 23 games she appeared in at designated player and right field...Registered eight hits for MSU...Posted two RBIs on the season...Registered three doubles...Scored five runs...Spent seven innings in the circle...Tallied one win on the mound against Indiana (3/30).
FRESHMAN (2012): Led the pitching staff in appearances with 40...Started 20 games in the circle...Pitched for a total of 130.1 innings ...Tied for first in the Big Ten in saves with three...Finished 15 games, which was the best in the Big Ten...Led the league in games in relief with 20...Recorded a season and career-best five strikeouts against Auburn (Feb 25)...Finished the year with 55 strikeouts ...Registered 15 at-bats on the season...Posted her first career hit against Iowa (April 22).
High School: Graduated as a four-year letterwinner from Blair High School for Jon Small ... Named first team All-Nebraska as both a junior and senior, and second-team as a sophomore... Received all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Earned first team all-state honors in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Listed on the All-Nebraska super state team in both 2009 and 2010 ... Named to the All-Omaha area team as a sophomore, junior and senior, earning honorary captain honors in 2010 ... Earned the team's Will to Win award in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Named her team's offensive MVP and team MVP in 2010 ... Led team to the state championship as a sophomore, junior and a senior ... Her earned-run-average of 0.25 as a junior ranks as the fifth lowest in state history ... Recorded 15 of her 20 home runs her senior season; the 15 homers ranks tops out of all classes in state history ... Set the Class B state home run record for 20 career homers ... Posted 212 strikeouts as a senior, 144 as a junior and 112 as a sophomore ... Voted team captain her senior year.
Club: Her Sizzle Black team finished runner-up at the 2009 NAFA Nationals ... Nebraska Gold team was runner-up at the 2010 USSSA Nationals.
Personal: Daughter of David and Nancy Nielson ... Born March 9, 1993 ... Plans on majoring in kinesiology.