19   Nate Ruzich
Nate  Ruzich

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Joliet, Ill.

High School:
Joliet Catholic Academy

Last College:
South Surburban

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200

Position:
C/IF


05/20/2015

Ruzich, Sisler and Sweeney Honored as Captains of 2015 Season

The three Huskies were chosen by peers as teams top-leaders

05/16/2015

Huskies Fall in Season Finale at Ball State

Senior Nate Ruzich homers in last game

05/15/2015

Cardinal Rally Erases Huskies Hot Start

NIU led 4-2 through three; long ball aids Ball State

05/13/2015

Forty-Three Student-Athletes Earn NIU Degrees

Graduates represent 14 NIU teams and 19 different majors

05/13/2015

Huskies Close Regular Season at Ball State

NIU in chase for last MAC Tournament seeds with BGSU and Miami

05/16/2015

The Pride of the Huskies

The NIU baseball program has had many a great leaders in the dugout. Young men that have led vocally, through character and with their performance on the field. But it's not every season you have a young man that brings all three to the diamond every game at Ralph McKinzie Field. The Huskies have one in 2015. His name is Gavin.

03/20/2014

2014 NIU Baseball - The Road Through Avon

To accomplish a great task, an unprecedented feat must be completed. You're either moving backwards, or you're moving forwards. It's time to move forward. It's time to take The Road Through Avon.

02/28/2014

2014 NIU Baseball Podcast - Southern Illinois

Week 3 of the NIU Baseball podcast returns to preview the Southern Illinois and review the Huskies trip to New Mexico.

02/19/2014

2014 NIU Baseball Podcast 2/19/14 - New Mexico

Week 2 of the NIU Baseball Podcast, where Head Coach Ed Mathey and Assistant Media Relations Director Matt Scheerer discuss all things NIU Baseball. This week, Mathey reviews the Huskies trip to Arizona and shares his thoughts on the series with Minnesota.

02/11/2014

NIU Baseball Podcast: 2/11/14

The NIU Baseball Podcast returns in 2014 for its second season, talking all things NIU baseball with Head Coach Ed Mathey and assistant media relations director Matt Scheerer. Join Ed and Matt as they discuss the upcoming series with Minnesota, preview the 2014 team and some of the happenings in the program.

04/04/2015

NIU-Kent State April 4, 2015

Dirk Ormsby struckout a career-high seven batters Saturday but the Huskies fell to the Golden Flashes, 7-4.

Sat out 2014 season after undergoing undergoing surgery in previous fall

2013 SEASON (JUNIOR):
• Started 44 of the 47 games he played in at catcher
• Picked off five runners over the course of the season
• Connected on his first collegiate hit, a single, versus BYU (Feb. 16)
• Scored twice at Nevada (Feb. 23)
• Went two-for-three for his first multi-hit game at Minnesota (March 3)
• Drew a pair of walks at Southern Illinois (March 8)
• Belted his first round-tripper, a solo shot, at Belmont (March 15)
• Collected a pair of hits at Lipscomb (March 16)
• Reach base on two singles and scored both times at Akron (March 30)
• Tallied a season-best three hits and scored two runs at Akron (March 31)
• Went two-for-four with his second double in as many games at Central Michigan (April 5)
• Drove in a career-best four runs on two hits versus Western Michigan (April 14)
• Singled and walked twice at Ohio (April 20)
• Singled twice and drove in two versus Eastern Michigan (May 12)
• Went two-for-three with an RBI in back-to-back games at Ball State (May 16-17)
• Had two hits, including a double, in his MAC Tournament debut versus Bowling Green (May 22)

SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE/JOLIET CATHOLIC ACADEMY:
• Played one season at South Suburban College
• Bulldogs won the NJCAA Region IV Championship in 2011
• Won the IHSAA 3A State Baseball Championship in 2009 with Joliet Catholic
• Team finished fourth at state in 2010 and third in 2008
• Twice named first team all-conference for the Hillmen
• Named team captain senior season
• First team all-area in 2010

PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS:
• Son of Steve and Patti Ruzich
• Father, Steve, is the head baseball coach at South Suburban College
• Given the Algebra Award after junior year, as one of the top ten students in grade class
• Admires Josh Hamilton because of the adversity he's overcome to be a great baseball player
• Plans to major in business and minor in graphic design

YEAR G/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG
2013

47/44

139 21 35 6 0 1 18 44 21 31 1 .368 .317 .252
CAREER
47/44 139 21 35 6 0 1 18 44 21 31 1 .368 .317 .252

CAREER HIGHS ENTERING 2015:
At-bats: 5 (three times) last versus Western Michigan (April 14, 2013)
Hits: 3 at Akron (March 31, 2013)
Walks: 2 (five times) last at Toledo (May 4, 2013)
Runs: 2 (five times) last at Ball State (May 18, 2013)
RBI: 4 versus Western Michigan (April 14, 2013)

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