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#21 Alicia Armstrong
Position: Infielder
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'10"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Beatrice, Neb.
High School: Beatrice
Club: Beatrice 18's
Career Honors & Awards
  • Two-Time Second-Team All-Big Ten (2013 & 2014)
  • Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2013)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2014)
  • Four-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)

Sophomore Season [2014]
Alicia Armstrong battled through a painful back injury to start 61 of Nebraska’s 62 games as a sophomore in 2014. Despite the injury, Armstrong repeated as a second-team All-Big Ten selection, becoming only the third Husker shortstop to earn all-conference accolades as a freshman and sophomore and the first since three-time All-American Ali Viola in 1995 and 1996.

After leading the team in average and hits as a freshman, Armstrong batted .316 with 55 hits, 10 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 27 RBIs as a sophomore. She matched her freshman totals in doubles and home runs and set career highs in triples and RBIs, despite fewer at bats as a sophomore. She produced 15 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI efforts. In Big Ten Conference play, Armstrong batted .375 with nine doubles, which tied for second in the league. She produced 15 RBIs in 23 Big Ten games, going 11-for-25 (.440) with runners in scoring position during the conference season. Armstrong also excelled during the NCAA Tournament, batting .348 (8-for-23) with a pair of home runs and six runs scored in seven postseason games.

Armstrong sat out the season opener, as she was limited to one game per day during the opening weekend due to the back injury. The injury limited Armstrong’s ability to work at her craft during the offseason and contributed to a slow start to her sophomore season. Armstrong hit .247 (21-for-85) with one double and nine RBIs over her first 31 games. But over her final 30 games, Armstrong batted .382 (34-for-89) with nine doubles and 18 RBIs. Armstrong produced 11 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI efforts over the second half of the season.

Armstrong ignited her strong finish by helping Nebraska secure a series victory at No. 23 Northwestern in the final games of March. Armstrong went 5-for-7 with two doubles and five RBIs in the two Husker victories. The following weekend, she went 7-for-12 with four doubles, three RBIs and six runs scored in a series at Illinois. In Nebraska’s series-clinching victory in game three against the Fighting Illini, Armstrong tied the school record with three doubles. Two weeks later, Armstrong went 5-for-8 with a double and four RBIs in the first two games of a Husker sweep of Ohio State, before the back injury limited her to defensive-only duties in the series finale. Armstrong’s fine finish carried over into the postseason, when she went 7-for-15 to help Nebraska win the NCAA Columbia (Mo.) Regional. Armstrong produced three two-hit efforts in the Huskers’ five games at the regional, including a 2-for-3 effort against Bradley when she scored three runs and produced the first multi-homer game of her career with a pair of solo shots.

Defensively, Armstrong posted a .939 fielding percentage while continuing to show outstanding range at shortstop, despite the back injury. Armstrong’s defense improved throughout the season, and she committed only five errors during Nebraska 23-game Big Ten Conference schedule.

Off the field, Armstrong was named to the academic All-Big Ten team, and she was also selected to Nebraska’s Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Freshman Season [2013]   
Armstrong put together an outstanding all-around freshman season, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors and a spot as the shortstop on the Big Ten All-Defensive team. Armstrong was one of five Big Ten players selected to an All-Big Ten team and the Big Ten All-Defensive team. She became the first Husker shortstop to earn all-conference accolades since 2006. Armstrong was just the fifth freshman shortstop at Nebraska to be named an all-conference performer and the first since three-time All-American Jennifer Lizama in 1997. Three-time All-American Ali Viola was also an all-conference selection as a freshman in 1995, while Jane Kremer (1986) and two-time All-American Denise Day (1982) were the only other Husker shortstops to earn all-conference honors as freshmen. Armstrong started 60 of Nebraska’s 61 games at short, missing one game due to an ankle injury.

Offensively, Armstrong led Nebraska with 62 hits and a .346 average, nearly 20 points higher than any other Husker. She was just the sixth freshman to lead Nebraska in batting average and the previous five freshmen to accomplish the feat – Taylor Edwards (2011), Lizama (1997), Viola (1995), Tobin Echo-Hawk (1993) and Day (1982) – all went on to become All-Americans, combining for nine All-America awards in their careers. In addition to her high average, Armstrong added 10 doubles and four home runs, while producing 19 RBIs. She also stole seven bases to rank second on the team in that category. While batting at both the top and bottom of the Husker order, Armstrong posted a streak of 22 consecutive games reaching base safely, which tied for the longest streak by any Husker in 2013. Armstrong also posted an 11-game hitting streak, the second-longest streak of any Husker. Her 16 multi-hit games ranked second on the NU roster, as did her .380 batting average in league play.

Defensively, Armstrong was outstanding, displaying great range and a strong arm. She posted the second-best fielding percentage (.953) by an everyday shortstop in school history, trailing only fellow Nebraska native Amanda Buchholz’s .960 mark as a junior in 2002. Armstrong also fielded the most total chances (258) by a Husker shortstop in school history, and she played a key role in Nebraska leading the nation with a school-record 49 double plays, a total that ranked third in NCAA history.

Armstrong ignited her freshman season with an 8-for-16 performance in Nebraska’s season-opening tournament, adding a pair of doubles while hitting safely in all five games, including three multi-hit efforts. She picked up her first perfect day at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double and a home run at Wichita State in game two of a doubleheader one month later. That was the first of Armstrong’s five three-hit games in 2013, which included a 3-for-4 effort and a career-high three RBIs in the Huskers’ series-clinching victory over Wisconsin. She also had three hits in both games of a doubleheader at Purdue to wrap up her 11-game hitting streak, going 6-for-9 in the twin bill. She scored a career-high three runs in game two against the Boilermakers. Armstrong played a key role in the postseason, going 3-for-4 with a momentum-changing home run in Nebraska’s regional final victory over No. 13 Stanford. Armstrong legged out a two-out infield single to drive in the winning run in the Huskers’ 4-2 win at No. 3 Oregon that clinched Nebraska’s berth in the Women’s College World Series. Armstrong then went 3-for-9 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Oklahoma City. Overall, Armstrong hit safely in all eight of Nebraska’s NCAA Tournament games, posting a .429 average (12-for-28) with one double, one homer, five RBIs and five runs scored. She led NU in hits, average and slugging percentage (.571) in the postseason.

Before Nebraska
Armstrong was a talented multi-sport athlete during her four-year career at Beatrice High School. As a senior on the softball diamond, Armstrong was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nebraska. She was also named the honorary captain of the Lincoln Journal Star’s Super-State team, capping her career with four all-state awards and three appointments to the Super-State team. A talented athlete, Armstrong earned all-state honors in three sports as a senior (softball, basketball and soccer).

Armstrong left her mark on the Nebraska high school record book during her softball career. She posted a .514 career batting average, the highest mark in state history in any class and the highest mark in Class B history, eclipsing the previous record of .500 set by former Husker Nikki Haget. Armstrong batted .690 in her senior season, becoming the first player in Nebraska high school history to bat .600. She smashed the previous single-season state record of .595.

Armstrong also set the Class B state record for career runs scored (153) and tied the record for career homers (20). In addition to her six state records, Armstrong set 16 school records. She finished her distinguished career with a .514 batting average, 20 home runs, 31 doubles and seven triples.

In her senior season, Armstrong earned recognition as honorary captain of the Super State team. She batted .690 with 69 hits, eight doubles, four triples, 27 RBIs, 46 runs scored and 32 stolen bases. Her 69 hits and 46 runs scored were both school records, breaking the marks from her junior season.

As a junior in 2010, Armstrong batted .556 with 33 RBIs, a school-record nine home runs, 60 hits and 41 runs scored. Armstrong tied the Class B state record with two home runs in one game, while she also posted a 17-game hitting streak.

Armstrong excelled as a freshman and sophomore for the Lady Orange. She was the only freshman on the 2008 Class B all-state team after batting .451, including going 9-for-10 with two doubles, one triple and one home run in her first three career games. Armstrong was an honorable-mention all-state selection as a sophomore, when she battled through an injury.

A talented athlete, Armstrong also excelled on the basketball court and the soccer field for Beatrice. She earned second-team all-state honors in basketball as a junior after averaging 13 points and six rebounds per game. In her senior season on the hardwood, Armstrong was a first-team all-state selection and a third-team Super State pick after averaging 17.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. On the pitch, Armstrong was an honorable-mention all-state selection at goalkeeper as a junior, and she earned first-team all-state honors as a utility player in her senior season.

Off the field, Armstrong was class president each of her four years at Beatrice, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal
Alicia Marie Armstrong is the daughter of Bill and Gina Armstrong and was born on Feb. 21, 1994, in Lincoln. Alicia has an older brother, Joseph (31), and an older sister, Adria (27). Alicia’s father Bill was a member of the Nebraska football team in the mid 1970s. Alicia is a business management major and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in each of her first two semesters.

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

OB%

SLG%

SB-ATT

FLD%

2013

.346

60-60

179

32

62

10

0

4

19

15

24

.397

.469

7-12

.953

2014

.316

61-61

174

29

55

10

3

4

27

10

15

.365

.477

0-0

.939

Total

.331

121-121

353

61

117

20

3

8

46

25

39

.381

.473

7-12

.947

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