24 Nick Rotola
24 Nick Rotola
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Year: RSr.
Hometown: Wichita, Kan.
Position: OF
Previous School: Eastern Michigan
B/T: R/R

2017
Started in center field for 15 games before missing the remainder of the season with an injury ... Posted a .185 batting average totaling 10 runs scored and seven RBI ... Had a season-high three hits against Little Rock opening weekend ... Hit his only home run of the year Feb. 19 at home against Little Rock.

2016
Earned Second Team All-Summit League honors and was named tournament MVP at the Summit League Championship hitting two home runs at the tournament ... Was one of just two Golden Eagles to start every game at their position ... Finished third on the team with a .319 average and was second with 79 base hits, including 16 doubles and three home runs ... Held a .419 slugging percentage ... Drew 34 walks on the year for a .399 on-base percentage ... Was 9-for-13 in stolen base attempts ... Hit his first home run at ORU against Jacksonville State March 15.

PRIOR TO ORU
Started 41 games and played in 48 for Eastern Michigan, which went 19-34 … Batted .268 with 11 RBI… Stole nine bases on 14 attempts… Went 3-for-4 against Clemson (2/14/14) with a double and a stolen base… Stroked two hits and scored twice against UT Martin (2/22/14)… Tallied three hits and two runs at Kentucky (3/1/14)… Had a seven-game hitting streak from 3/29-4/6… Went 1-for-4 with two RBI against Toledo (5/15/14)… Played in 40 games, with 31 starts, as a freshman, helping EMU post a 26-28 record… Batted .287, with 13 RBI and three stolen bases… Picked up his first collegiate base hit against Washington State (2/23/13)… Had his first two-hit day against Cincinnati (3/8/14)… Had an eight-game hitting streak from 4/30-5/14… Had three consecutive three-hit games, twice against Northern Illinois (5/11/13 and 5/12/13) and again at Purdue (5/14/13)… Drove in eight of his 13 RBI in the season’s final six games ... Played with the CPL Wilminton Sharks in the summer of 2015 ... Batted .357 with a .452 on-base percentage .... Had 13 doubles and stole 37 bases.

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Life Prep Academy in Wichita, Kan., where he was senior class Valedictorian and played baseball under his father, Rob Rotola… Led his team to a 30-6 record as a senior, with a 3rd place finish at the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament… Batted .558 as a senior with six home runs and 33 stolen bases… Was named Team MVP his final two seasons… Was an all-conference selection… Set school records in career extra base hits (51) and single-season RBI (48)… Was successful on 71 of 72 stolen base attempts in his career, another school record… Also lettered in football, where he was a two-time Team MVP, soccer and baseball.

PERSONAL
Son of Rob and Debbie Rotola… Currently working on a Master's degree in Business Administration/Marketing after completing his Bachelor's degree ORU and will finish both in five and a half years … Wants to work in investing and entrepreneurship after graduation … Brother, Tim, played collegiate baseball at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia … Chose ORU because "I love the freedom to worship and seek the Lord while learning the necessary tools and skills to be successful in the saturated world of business." ... Also was recruited by Duke, Baylor, UTSA, Dallas Baptist and Richmond ... Lists the Miami Dolphins as his favorite professional sports team and Kevin Kiermaier as his favorite pro athlete.