One of the four players selected as captains, the coaches rave about his leadership skills and work ethic... The team’s best defensive outfielder... Has the ability to hit for power... If he improves pitch selection, he can hit for both power and average... Can cause lots of problems when on base... Very good base runner.
during fall drills
Started all four games for the Purple Sox in the outfield during the K-State Fall Ball World Series... Posted a .308 batting average with a pair of runs scored... Went 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts... Tallied a 2-for-6 afternoon with two runs scored and a RBI in the Wildcats’ 13-6 exhibition win over the Ontario Blue Jays.
on my summer vacation
Played for the Liberal (Kan.) Bee Jays during the summer... Tallied a .318 batting average in 43 games with 25 runs scored on 39 hits and 16 RBIs... Tied for the team lead with 11 doubles... Collected a triple and one home run... Had four stolen bases.
Saw action in 48 games (all starts) in center field... Ranked among the team leaders in a number of categories, including pacing the team in triple with three... Listed fourth in average (.295), doubles (eight), home runs (five), while he was sixth in runs scored (31)... Led the team in strikeouts with 48 on the year... Was successful four times in five stolen base attempts... Recorded a near perfect fielding percentage of .993 with 142 putouts, six assists and just one error... Batted .280 with 13 runs scored and seven RBIs during 24 starts in Big 12 play... Included his 23 hits were four doubles, two triples and two home runs... One of four Wildcats to hit two home runs in one game during the season... Recorded the feat against Southern Nazarene on Feb. 5, as he went 2-for-3 at the plate with a season-high four RBIs and two runs scored... Narrowly missed hitting for the cycle on two occasions... First, he missed by a double against 2000 College World Series participant Texas in his 3-for-3 outing in the finale against the Longhorns on Feb. 25... Then at home on April 18 against Bethany, he missed by a mere single with his 3-for-3 performance that included four RBIs and three runs scored... Went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and runs scored in the first game of a doubleheader against Iowa State on March 5... Put together back-to-back multiple-hit games against No. 9 Nebraska and Creighton... Posted a 3-for-4 afternoon with a run scored against Texas A&M on March 23... Had back-to-back multiple-hit games against Baylor on March 31 and April 1... Had a modest eight-game hitting streak from March 31-April 13... Went 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored against NCAA Regional participant Oral Roberts on April 25... Scored a season-high three runs on a 1-for-3 day against Missouri on April 27.
at seward county c.c. (1999-2000)
A two-year starter and letterwinner as an outfielder at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan. … Helped the Saints to the Region VI Sub-Regional Championship in 2000 with a 46-16 overall record, including a 24-8 mark in the Jayhawk West Conference… Seward lost a doubleheader to Allen County in the Region VI Playoffs for a bid to the Junior College World Series… Started 40 games in the outfield as a sophomore, mostly in center field… Posted a .316 batting average as a sophomore with 24 runs scored and 13 RBIs on 24 hits… Led the team with 24 stolen bases … Tallied a perfect fielding average with 63 putouts… Coached by Galen McSpadden.
at highland high school
A four-year starter and letterwinner as an infielder at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah … Earned all-region accolades as a senior, while batting .525 with four home runs… Also lettered three years in football and one year in rugby… His football team was region champions two years running… Named all-region and all-state as a senior… His rugby team won the national championship in 1998 and placed third at the World Schools High School Rugby Championships… Coached in baseball by Dan Schwam.
(Full name: Nicholas Smith Sorensen) was born Dec. 23, 1979, in Salt Lake City, Utah … He is the son of Brent Sorensen and Wendy P. Sorensen… One of four children, Nick has two older brothers, Brandon (26) and Zach (25), and a younger sister, Annie (20)… Comes from a very athletic family… Father, Brent, and brother, Brandon, played football at Utah, while his brother, Zach, was an All-America shortstop at Wichita State who currently plays baseball in the Cleveland Indians’ minor league system… Enjoys fly-fishing and four-wheeling in his spare time… Is planning a major in management.