Get to know Elaina Nordstrom
2008 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
2008 All-Conference USA Second Team
2007 All-Conference USA Second Team
2006 Conference USA Freshman of the Year
2006 Conference USA Second Team
2006 Conference USA All-Freshmen Team
2008 Season (Junior)
Started 56 games, all at catcher... Second on the team in RBI with 52... Third on the team with 13 home runs... C-USA Top-10 in several offensive categories including: batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, total bases and sac flies...Put out a team-high 379 batters... Team-best .993 fielding percentage, committing only three errors... Blasted a 3-run homer and drove in 4 again Army (Feb. 15)... Went 3-for-4 with a 2-run blast scoring 2 runs and driving in 2 against #6 Texas A&M (Feb. 27)... Scorched a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to beat Texas, 5-1... Belted a 2-run bomb against the USA National Team (Apr. 8)... Notched a 2-for-2 performance against UT-San Antonio with a 3-run home run to place her in 4th place on the all-time UH career home run list... Crushed a mammoth 2-run blast and drove in a season-high 4 runs at Tulsa (Apr. 20)... had 10 putouts and one hit in the C-USA Championship game against UCF (May 10).
2007 Season (Sophomore)
Was one of four Cougars to start all 62 games ... all 62 starts were at catcher ... earned an All-Conference USA Second-Team selection after pacing team with 31 RBIs, 42 walks and a .443 on-base percentage ... her .443 on-base were third, while her 42 walks were fourth in C-USA ... second on the squad with a .298 batting average ...tied for third on the team with 48 hits ... fourth on the team with eight doubles ... one of five players to register double-digit sacrifice hits ... ranked in Top Five of C-USA games in on-base percentage (.542-2nd), batting average (.377-4th), slugging percentage (.639-5th), RBIs (16-T-5th), home runs (4-T-5th), walks (22-2nd) ... notched 10 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI efforts ... drew a walk in her first four games of the season (Feb. 9-10) ... knocked a solo home run against No. 5 LSU (Feb. 16) ... went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Southern Illinois (Feb. 17) ... cranked a three-run homer against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Feb. 23) ... notched a 3-for-3 performance with two RBIs against Iowa State (Feb. 25) ... knocked a hit in 19 of 24 games in conference play, including hits in each game of the Southern Miss (March 10-11), Tulsa (March 17-18), Memphis (March 24-25), UAB (March 31-April 1) and East Carolina (April 28-29) series ... was 1-for-3 with game's only RBI against Southern Miss (March 11) ... strung together an 11-game hitting streak (March 17-April 1) ... started streak with a walk-off grand slam in game one against Tulsa (March 17) ... also picked up an RBI in each game of the Memphis series (March 24-25) ... belted a three-run homer to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning against UTEP (April 7) ... went 1-for-4 with an RBI in game one at East Carolina (April 28) ... produced a hit in each game of the C-USA Tournament (May 10-12) ... crushed a two-run homer in first inning against No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette (May 18) in NCAA College Station Regional ... also drew three walks against the Ragin' Cajuns ... was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in 8-1 win over No. 7 Texas A&M (May 19).
2006 Season (Freshman)
One of two players to start in all 63 games ... majority of her starts came at catcher ... named Conference USA Freshman of the Year after being ranked in the Top 10 of seven different categories including hits (66), batting average (.361), home runs (9), RBIs (54), walks (35), on-base percentage (.451) and slugging percentage (.557) ... her 54 RBIs were second in C-USA and a program single-season record ... joined teammate Jessica Valis on the C-USA All-Freshman squad ... hit safely in all three games of the East Carolina (March 11-12), Tulsa (March 19-20) and UAB (April 29-30) series ... racked up 16 multi-hit and a team-high 15 multi-RBI games ... started the season with a 12-game hitting streak (Feb. 11-22) ... drove home the game-winning runs on a two-run single in the sixth inning against No. 15 Baylor (Feb. 17) ... smacked her first career home run at No. 8 Texas A&M (Feb. 22) ... went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored against Rhode Island (Feb. 24) ... cranked game-winning two-run single in the ninth inning of a 4-3 comeback win over Mississippi (March 4) ... opened a 10-game hitting streak (March 8-25) with a 3-for-3 effort at No. 18 Baylor ... was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in series finale at Tulsa (March 20) ... picked up four RBIs in a 2-for-3 performance in the series opener at UCF (March 25) ... slapped game-winning RBI-single in the 11th inning of game two of the UCF series (March 25) ... went 2-for-3 with a career-best five RBIs, including a seventh inning bases-clearing double in a 9-8 comeback win at Texas State (April 5) ... was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs at Marshall (April 14) ... scored a career-best three runs in a 3-for-4 effort with three RBIs against Grambling State (April 25) ... had a stretch of three consecutive games with a home run (April 30-May 6) ... went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in an elimination game against East Carolina (May 12) at the C-USA Tournament.
Three-sport star at Kennedy High School ... also played volleyball and water polo ... member of All-District First Team in softball from 2002-05 ... team MVP in 2004-05 ... named 2005 Orange County All-Star ... tabbed 2004-05 Kennedy High School Female Athlete of the Year ... member of Victory USA Gold travel team.
Daughter of Mike and Veronica Nordstrom ... born on October 8, 1987 ... chose to attend UH because she "loves the atmosphere and wants to be a part of something that will be successful." ... also recruited by Iowa State, Virginia Tech and Illinois-Chicago.
Personality Trait I Admire in Others: The ability to laugh at yourself.
Phobia: College Algebra
Favorite Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean and Varsity Blues
Worst Movie: Elizabethtown
Person I Most Admire: My Mom
Historical Figure that Elaina Would Like to Meet: Marilyn Monroe
TV Show I Stay Home to Watch : The O.C. and Grey's Anatomy
Dream Vacation Destination: Mall of America
Favorite Book: The Guardian (Nicholas Sparks)
Worst Book: Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Favorite Band: Rascal Flatts
Things I Wish I Could Do Better: Sing and Cook
Dream Lunch Companions: Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey
Favorite Food: BBQ Chicken Pizza
Childhood Hero: Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Quote: "Without faith, nothing is possible ... with it, nothing is impossible.