|Major:||Bachelor's History & Master's of Education|
One of the most dominant pitchers in Little East Conference softball history, Katie Mainville Nicholls helped lead the Huskies to a 105-65-2 record during her career with an individual record of 40-20 in the circle. A two-time National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) All-Region selection, Mainville's 40 career wins account for nearly 40 percent of USM's wins during that time despite being unable to pitch during her junior year (2005). Nicholls earned All-Little East Conference honors in 2003, 2004 and 2006, earning first team status in 2004 and 2006.
With numerous career records to her name, Nicholls career numbers are outstanding. With 441.1 innings pitched to her credit, Nicholls has the Huskies' top career earned run average at 1.14, holding opponents to an anemic .180 batting average. Nicholls also holds the school record for strikeouts per seven innings (7.96), fewest hits per seven innings (4.54) and winning percentage. Additionally, Nicholls' 441.1 innings pitched are fourth overall, while her 502 career strikeouts are second all-time. Nicholls' also holds the school record for single-season earned run average with an outstanding 0.53 ERA during the 2004 season, and the single-game record for strikeouts fanning 16 Eastern Connecticut State batters (twice) on April 22, 2004 and May 4, 2004.
A William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Nicholls earned her Bachelor's degree in History from Southern Maine in 2011, and then went on to earn her Master's degree in Education in 2014. She is presently a Social Studies teacher at Oceanside East High School in Rockland, Maine. Active in the community, she volunteers her time at the Waldoboro Recreation Department, coaching numerous sports including softball.