Illini Stay Alive in Big Ten Tournament Behind Sophomore's 7.1 Innings, 7 Strikeouts
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2013 Illinois Baseball Cards
Threw a no-hitter in the Class 1A state title game, only the fourth in Iowa state finals history, to lead Martensdale-St. Marys to its third-straight state title ... Went 8-3 in 2012 ... Named to the 2012 IHSBCA All-State Super Team and also was a first-team Pride of Iowa Conference selection ... Went 9-0 with a 1.43 ERA while striking out 72 and walking 19 in 53 2/3 innings in 2011 ... Led Martensdale-St. Marys to its second-straight Iowa Class 1A championship in 2011, extending its winning streak to a national-record 87 games ... Held opponents to a .146 batting average in 2011 ... Also hit .425, third-best on the team, with 10 home runs, eight doubles, and a team-best 62 RBIs ... Named to the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State second team in 2011 ... Named to the IHSBCA All-Southwest District first team ... Named first-team All-Pride of Iowa Conference in 2011.
Born October 9, 1993 ... Parents are Dan and Lonna Nielsen ... Enrolled in the Division of General Studies ... Has three sisters, Jaclyn, Jenna and JoAnn ... Father, Dan, played football at Waldorf College and Drake University, and mother, Lonna, played basketball at Waldorf ... Favorite athlete is Jeremy Hellickson ... Earliest baseball memory is playing USSSA baseball since he was nine years old ... His father most influenced his athletic career because he pushed him to be the best he can be and has been to nearly all of his games.