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

B/T:
R/R


2013: 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 Born April 13, 1992 ... 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 2014:
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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