|CAREER AND 2001 HIGHS|
At Bats: 3 (eight times)|
Runs: 2 vs. Centenary (4/7)
Hits: 2 vs. Arkansas (4/14) & Virginia (4/6)
Hit Streak: 4 games (4/8-4/15)
Walks: 1 vs. Centenary (4/7)
Stolen Bases: 1 vs. Hawaii (2/2)
THE WEEKLYS ON JOHNSON:
"It is obvious to us that Nicole is a gifted outfielder who has speed to burn. She covers a lot of ground and boasts a strong, accurate arm. We have shifted Nicole to the right side offensively, where she has started to hit the ball a lot better. We need to take advantage of her speed on the basepaths."
AS A FRESHMAN (2001):
Drew 27 starting assignments between left and center field in her rookie campaign...Started 14 straight games in the outfield from April 4-21 but was used as a pinch runner over the final two contests at Auburn...Was 0-for-2 in game one and later scored a run against the Tigers in game three...Batted .235 (8-for-34) during her stint as a full-time player...Went 3-for-8 (.375) against Arkansas and had a pair of hits in the second game...Responded to the home crowd supporting her at the Lady Vol Invitational with a 5-for-15 (.333) effort that featured five runs...Went a career-best 2-for-2 in 2-1 loss to Virginia...Had a hit against Centenary, Stephen F. Austin and another single versus the Cavaliers...Held hitless in six at bats by South Carolina's hurlers...Pinch-ran twice against Mississippi State but was stranded on both occasions...Singled off LSU's Ashley Lewis in the second game of the twinbill for first career SEC hit...Missed four games after injuring her right foot attempting to steal second base on March 2 against Florida A&M...Legged out an infield hit during the Triangle Classic final tilt with Virginia...Laced a pinch-hit, sixth-inning single in blanking of North Carolina...First-ever hit was a slap single in the fourth in the romp over Rhode Island...Swiped second base in defeat to Hawaii.
Four-year starter and four-year All-Knoxville Interscholastic League performer at nearby West High School?Was a two-time all-state selection at shortstop and made all-district every time?Voted as her team's Most Valuable Player and brought home her squad's "Big Stick" award all four years?Career stats at WHS included a sizzling .505 batting average, 87 stolen bases, 37 doubles and 20 triples?Tallied a slugging percentage of .671?Named as the Knoxville News-Sentinel's Player of the Week twice as a freshman?Achieved a tremendous amount of success as a four-time letterwinner in volleyball at WHS?Made second-team all-state as a senior and earned spots on the all-district and All-KIL units?En route to receiving team MVP honors, Johnson was her team's best hitter with 225 kills, as well as its best defender and best passer?Selected to the all-district tournament team in her junior and senior campaigns?Lettered three times in basketball and served as a co-captain for all three sports.
Majoring in sport management with a minor is business?Aspires to earn a master's degree in sport administration and work for a professional franchise?Considers her parents as her biggest influences since they have taught her the meaning and value of hard work?Member of the prom committee, student council, National Honor Society, Young Life and the yearbook staff at West?Performed many hours of community service at Children's Hospital and with Meals on Wheels?Was her school's nominee for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award?Tabbed as the most athletic in her class?Superstition is putting on her uniform the same way each time?Admires basketball icon Michael Jordan?Leslie Nicole Johnson was born Aug. 4, 1981, in Knoxville...Her parents are Leslie and Janice Johnson.
JOHNSON'S CAREER STATISTICS