BELLEVUE, Neb. -- Bellevue University senior Colton Nash (Bonney Lake, Wash.) has been named a Preseason All-American by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee. The 17-member squad was announced yesterday in a release from the NAIA National Office.
Nash was one of the Bruins' most consistent and dangerous hitters a season ago. As a cleanup hitter, Nash raked at .317 with 34 extra base hits (24 doubles, 10 home runs) while driving in 54 runs and scoring a team-high 52. He also tied for the team lead with six stolen bases
In perhaps the most impressive three-game stretch in the country last season Nash hit grand slams in three consecutive games in March at the Warner University Tournament. He was a first team all-MCAC selection and Honorable Mention NAIA all-Nebraska pick last year.
The Bruins ended the 2015 season with a 46-15 record, highlighted by an MCAC Tournament Championship and hosting duties for the NAIA Opening Round Tournament. Bellevue came within a game of reaching the World Series.
Bellevue opens the 2016 on Saturday, Feb. 13 with a double-header at national powerhouse Oklahoma City University. The Bruins take on MidAmerica Nazarene University at 12:30 p.m. before playing Oklahoma City at 3 p.m.
NAIA-BCA All-American Team:
Ryan Crowe (Sr., C, Westmont)
Scott Morton (Sr., C, Briar Cliff)
Alex Bush (Sr., 1B, Westmont)
Houston Looser (Jr., 2B, Freed-Hardeman)
Alex Couch (Sr., 3B, Tabor)
Cabe Reiten (Sr., SS, Lewis-Clark State)
Wardy Polanco (Sr., UT, Tennessee Wesleyan)
Keivan Berges (Jr., DH, Keiser)
Logan Coughlin (Sr., OF, Indiana Southeast)
Jordan Espino (Sr., OF, Sterling)
Preston King (Sr., OF, Bryan)
Colton Nash (Sr., OF, Bellevue)
Adam Hines (Sr., SP, LSU Alexandria)
Victor Arche (Sr., SP, Faulkner)
Brandon Guske (Jr., SP, Freed-Hardeman)
Phillipe Graham (Jr., SP, MidAmerica Nazarene)
Curtis Taylor (Jr., RP, British Columbia)