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  Niki Cognigni
Niki Cognigni

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Levittown, Pa.

High School:
Pennsbury

Position:
SS/2B

05/06/2012

Softball Falls 4-0 In Regular-Season Finale

The Panthers honored their eight seniors prior to first pitch.

05/05/2012

Softball Falls 5-0 In Game One to Notre Dame

558 fans attended today's doubleheader at Vartabedian Field.

05/04/2012

Softball Concludes Regular-Season Play Hosting Notre Dame This Weekend

The three-game series starts at noon on Saturday.

05/02/2012

Softball Falls to RMU in Game Two

The Panthers slipped 5-4 in the contest.

05/01/2012

Softball Faces RMU in a Midweek Doubleheader on Wednesday

Action begins at 4 p.m. at Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.

Career Stats | 2009 Photo Gallery| 2010 Photo Gallery

2012: Started all 202 games played at shortstop during her career...contributed 63 putouts, 93 assists, 61 runs scored and 60 RBI during that span...scored 18 runs and plated 14 others off 34 hits during her senior year...assisted on five of Pitt's nine double plays...led the squad with 11 multi-hit games...smacked three doubles in Big East action...went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI in game two against Connecticut (April 21)...chipped in two hits and two runs scored versus Utah State (March 9)...scored the game-winner in a 6-5 victory over Lehigh (Feb. 25)...collected a season-best seven assists against Fordham (March 17)...added six assists versus then No. 21 South Florida (April 1) and Robert Morris (May 2).

2011: Started all 51 games at shortstop...topped her previous career highs in batting average (.265), hits (39), home runs (3) and stolen bases (8)...collected 15 RBI...scored a run against St. Bonaventure (March 11) when she stole home during a successful double steal attempt by the Panthers...went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored against Seton Hall (March 27)...blasted a three-run homer against Connecticut (April 16)...collected five assists in three separate games: Jacksonville (February 26), Georgetown (March 20) and Louisville (April 9)...contributed six assists against Villanova (May 7).

2010: Earned a start in all 52 games for the Panthers...posted a career-high in plate appearances (146)...improved defensively, posting career-highs for putouts (80) and fielding percentage (.961)...had a career-high five putouts against Youngstown...also posted a career-best six plate appearances against Villanova...recorded two sacrifice hits against Fairfield (Feb. 27)...collected a team season-best with eight assists in the South Florida (April 21) contest...scored her first home run of the season against Seton Hall (April 24)...tallied the winning run against IPFW (March 7), Fordham (March 20) and St. John's (April 17)...drove in the winning run against Villanova (April 3) and Georgetown (April 10).

2009: Named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll during the second week of the season, after she led the team with a .462 batting average...finished the season with the third-most doubles on the team (6)...hit her first home run of the season against Robert Morris...recorded three hits and one RBI and scored two runs against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi...her four putouts against Loyola (Ill.) marked a career high...finished the season with 57 putouts and ranked second on the team in assists (121).

High School: Led her team to a 90-11 four-year high school record...guided her team to four consecutive SOL Championships...recorded three District 1 Championships...won two state titles...named first team All-Area Trentonian and Courier Times...three-time Courier Times Golden team honoree...named a Courier Times honorable mention selection her freshman year...selected to the All-South Eastern Pa. first team.

Personal: Born January 31, 1990...daughter of Lou and Debbie Cognigni...has two sisters, Lauren and Stacy, and one brother, Louie...earned her bachelor's degree in communications.