2022 Honors — Academic All-Big Ten selection. 2022 — Started 14 games — 13 at third base and one at second base… hit .255 (14-of-55) with 10 runs scored and four RBIs… had three multi-hit games (2 two-hit, 1 three-hit)… appeared in one game over final two months of the season because of injury… returned to action as a pinch hitter against Purdue (5/8) after missing a month with a hamstring injury… left the Illinois game (4/9) after reaggravating a hamstring injury… had a career-high three hits, finishing 3-for-5 at Bradley (4/6)… hit a two-run homer — the first of his career — and drove in three runs in Iowa’s 6-3 win over No. 12 Texas Tech (3/20)… went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI against Cornell College (3/2)… went 2-for-5 with a doubles and two runs scored in 12-2 win over Air Force (2/18).
2021 Honors — Named to the Dean’s List during fall semester. 2021 — Appeared in 13 games with one start… hit .091 (1-of-11) with four runs scored… notched his first career hit in the series finale against Minnesota (4/11)… made his first career start against Minnesota (4/9), serving as the designated hitter… walked and scored a run at Ohio State (3/26)… made his debut as a pinch runner against No. 18/21 Michigan (3/7)… rated as the No. 20 “Impact Freshman” in the Big Ten by D1Baseball.
High School — Ranked as the No. 317-best prospect nationally by Perfect Game… rated as the No. 12 prospect in Illinois by Perfect Game and the No. 4 shortstop… rated as the 19th-best player in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report and the No. 6 shortstop… 2019 Dukane Conference Player of the Year after hitting .451 with 11 doubles, seven triples, and seven home runs… also had 42 runs, 29 RBIs, and 19 steals… 2019 all-state, all-region, and all-conference shortstop… 2019 Prep Baseball Report All-State selection… high school coach was Dan Schoessling… played under Rob Rooney for Longshots.
Personal — Born Sept. 3, 2001… son of Roger and Susan Nelson… has a sister, Julie… father played baseball at William Penn… cousin, Joe Rutkowski played collegiate hockey at Ferris State and currently plays professionally in the Philadelphia Flyers organization… majoring in business.