GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro softball alums Lindsay and Nicole Thomas teamed up to be one of the most formidable duos for the program from 2013-16, etching their names all over the school’s record book as the pair combined for six NFCA All-Region Teams and seven All-Southern Conference First Teams. Both have continued their softball careers into the professional ranks, which has taken them all around the globe.
Nicole was one of the best utility players in school history, ranking top-five in batting average (.362), RBI’s (147), slugging percentage (.647) and walks (88) while racking up 22 wins and 109 strikeouts in the circle. She has continued to excel at both the plate and circle in her pro career, which has taken her to Austria, Croatia, Malta and New Zealand.
“Playing softball is one of my favorite things in the world,” Thomas said. “Getting to continue to play and grow my softball family around the globe has been a dream come true. It has pushed me and continued to inspire me, and I am so grateful.”
Last summer, Nicole played with the Vienna M-Stars for the Austrian Softball League (ASL) for three and a half months, as the team finished second at the final-four tournament. She received the "Best Batter" award after turning in a .596 batting average, 1.212 slugging percentage, .667 on-base percentage and six homers. She also registered a 4-2 record with four saves and 46 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched.
In the fall, she stopped to coach at a softball camp as a pitching instructor in Zagreb, Croatia. The camp was part of the two-year long program IGETS (Inclusion and Gender Equality Through Sports) funded by the European Union that uses softball to promote gender equality and female empowerment. The camp included teams from the Netherlands, Croatia and Malta.
One of the teams, the Ghajnsielem Redcoats, offered her a position to work with them. She then spent three months in Malta working at IGETS. She was a part of the first ever international softball tournament Malta has held when the Redcoats hosted a Coaching Empowers Clinic.
Nicole’s next stop was in New Zealand, where she played for Kaiapoi in the Canterbury Softball Association for a month and a half this spring. She made four appearances in the circle for a 0.32 ERA and 2-1 record in 22 innings pitched. In 11 games, she batted .300 with 13 RBI’s and a .400 on-base percentage.
Maintaining her ties to the Kiwi, she will be working with the New Zealand National Team in the U-19 Softball World Cup held in her hometown of Irvine, Calif. in the second week of August.
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