A leading candidate to start in left field for the Bears...is a talented athlete with a strong arm and good speed...has the potential to be a top Pac-10 hitter with outstanding left-handed power…hit three home runs in a single game last season at Oregon State, and is now one of four players in Bear history to have hit three home runs in a game, joining Kevin Maas (versus Arizona State, Apr. 26, 1986), Matt Luke (versus George Mason, May 23, 1992 at NCAA Regional in Gainesville, Fla.) and Jon Zuber (versus George Mason, May 23, 1992 at NCAA Regional)…was drafted in the 20th round by the Anaheim Angels in the 2001 Major League Amateur Draft...
AS A SOPHMORE (2003): Had 40 starts in left field and six starts at designated hitter, batting .242 (39-for-161, .257 versus Pac-10) with nine doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 32 RBI…went 3-for-6 with a triple and two RBI May 4 at Arizona…was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI Apr. 15 at Saint Mary’s…went 3-for-3 with a double Apr. 11 versus Arizona State…was 3-for-4 with three home runs (including an inside the park home run) and a career-high five RBI Mar. 30 at Oregon State…finished the Mar. 28-30 Oregon State series 5-for-10 with a double, four home runs and eight RBI…
AS A FRESHMAN (2002): Batted .248 (32-for-129, .292 versus Pac-10) with four doubles, eight home runs and 22 RBI…started 40 games with 28 starts in left field, six starts in center field, three starts at first base, two starts as a designated hitter and one start in right field…was 3-for-11 with a double and home run May 3-5 at Stanford…went 6-for-11 with a double and four RBI Apr. 26-28 versus Washington…was 3-for-11 with two home runs Apr. 12-14 versus Arizona…went 2-for-3 and hit the game-winning home run Apr. 14 versus the Wildcats...hit solo home runs Mar. 25 at Washington State and Mar. 12 versus San Francisco…went 2-for-2 with a home run Mar. 1 at North Carolina…was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly Feb. 24 versus Boston College...hit his first collegiate homer Feb. 3 at UNLV...
HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL: At Rancho Buena Vista High School was a two-time first team All-Palomar League selection and first team all-county as a senior in baseball…was also an outstanding high school quarterback, twice being named league Offensive Player of the Year and earning all-state honors as a senior…was named school and county Athlete of the Year as well…in baseball, competed in the Team One Showcase, the Area Code Games and was a member of the Senior All-Star Team and the SoCal All-Star Team...in the summer of 2002 played for the Alexandria Beetles in the Northwoods League, batting .250 with 13 doubles, a triple, 35 RBI and a league-leading eight home runs…undeclared major... parents are Jeff and Vickie Nelson...born April 23, 1983 in Austin, TX.
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