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#26 Ian Nielsen
Position: First Base
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: La Porte, Ind.
High School: La Porte
Experience: 1 Letter
Ian Nielsen
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 12/12/2008

Ian Nielsen's Career & Game-By-Game Statistics (PDF)

2010 (Sophomore)
Played in all 58 games to earn his second letter ... Started 56 games at first base ... Named Second Team All-Mid-American Conference ... ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District selection ... Academic All-MAC honoree ... Tied for third on the team with a .328 batting average ... Third on the team with 75 hits ... Second on the team with 58 RBI , which was seventh in the MAC ... Scored 41 runs ... Posted a .511 slugging percentage on the strength of 11 home runs and nine doubles ... Posted 22 multiple-hit games and 13 multiple-RBI games ... Drove in a career-high eight RBI at Bowling Green (April 10) as he tallied a career-high five hits, including two home runs ... Drove in seven runs against Indiana Tech (April 14) as he hit a career-high three home runs ... Posted a .327 batting average in league games .. Drove in 29 runs and scored 20 against MAC foes.

2009 (Freshman)
Named Collegiate Baseball’s Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America and NCBWA/Pro-Line Athletic Freshman All-America ... Named Second Team Freshman All-Ping!Baseball ... Earned Second Team All-Mid-American Conference honors ... Only Cardinal to start all 51 games ... Finished third on the team with a .352 batting average and 76 hits ... Drove in 53 runs and scored 34 ... Recorded a .565 slugging percentage as he had 15 doubles, two triples and nine home runs ... Led all MAC freshmen in hits (76) and RBI (53) ... Named the MAC West Division Player of the Week twice (February 24 and April 6) and is the only freshman to earn two weekly honors ... Posted 24 multiple-hit games and 15 multiple-RBI contests ... Posted a 12-game hitting streak during the season ... Opened his collegiate career in style with a home run in his first career at-bat ... Went 10-of-17 in his opening weekend at Furman to earn player of the week accolades ... Tallied a career-high five hits at Eastern Michigan (May 2) ... Posted four hits twice, at Buffalo (April 5 - game one) and at Furman (February 21 - game one) in his second career game ... Posted a .467 average with 35 hits with two outs on the year.

High School
Four-year letterwinner at LaPorte High School for coach Scott Upp ... Played first base and pitcher ... First Team All-Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) as a senior as well as DAC Most Valuable Player ... Finished his career with a .410 batting average, 24 home runs, 111 RBI and 105 runs scored ... Holds the school record for career home runs (24) as well as the single season records for doubles (14) and home runs (12) ... Posted a .410 batting average as a senior with eight doubles and 12 home runs ... Drove in 35 runs and scored 36 ... Posted a .850 slugging percentage ... Recorded an 8-2 record in 60.2 innings as a senior ... Posted a 2.88 ERA with 66 strikeouts ... Earned All-Area accolades as a junior as he posted a .344 batting average ... Tallied seven home runs and 12 doubles ... Notched an 8-2 run as a junior ... Played summer baseball for the American Legion – Bristol Post 143 for coach Jim Treadway.

Majoring in health education ... Born March 2, 1990 ... Son of Lisa and Scott Nielsen ... Has one brother, Eric, who plays baseball at Purdue (catcher) ... Full name is Ian Floyd Nielsen.