Nelson Ward
2 Nelson Ward
Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Lassiter

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 173

Position:
INF

Birthdate:
08/06/1992

Experience:
2L

UGA Career (2012-14): A 12th round selection of the Seattle Mariners in the 2014 MLB draft who opted to turn pro. Played in 149 games for the Bulldogs with 123 starts with a .301 batting average, 21 doubles, 7 triples, 4 home runs and 66 RBI. A second baseman mostly his first two seasons, he played primarily shortstop in 2014.

2014 (Junior): Played in all 56 games with 56 starts (54-SS, 2-2B) and led the team in RBI (34), BB (33), Multiple Hit Games (18) as team went 26-29-1 and advanced to the SEC Tournament

*Named one of the team's two captains

*Finished second on the team in Batting (.306), Hits (64) and Stolen Bases (10)

*Hit .300 in SEC action

*Fielded .960 in his first season as starting shortstop (89 PO, 175 A, 11 E)

*Provided two walk-off hits during team's 11-game winning streak, an RBI-double to defeat Binghamton in 11 innings on Feb. 28 and an RBI-single to beat North Florida on March 8

*Batted .417 (5-12) with a home run and four RBI in season-opening series versus Ga. Southern in February

*Went 3-for-3 with three doubles in a 6-2 win over Western Carolina on March 9

*Hit .417 (5-12) in SEC series at #9 Florida in April and .500 (6-12) at #11 Ole Miss in May

*Went 3-for-5 with three RBI in 11-10 win over Kentucky on May 17, the final day of the regular season, to help clinch a spot in SEC Tournament

2013 (Sophomore): Appeared in 49 games with 46 starts at second base as squad went 21-32

*Established single season school record for Highest Fielding Percentage by a Second Baseman at .987 with only three errors in 239 total chances

*Batted .306 with seven doubles, three triples, two home runs and 19 RBI plus a team-high eight stolen bases

*Registered 19 multiple-hit games including four-hit games against Ga. Southern on Feb. 15 and UAB on March 1

*Batted .500 (6-12) with a triple in series at Georgia Southern

*Hit .643 (9-14) with four runs scored, two doubles, one triple and four RBI in series sweep of UAB in March

*Batted .400 (4-12) with three runs scored and three walks in Alabama series in March

*Missed seven games in April due to shoulder injury after KSU base runner ran in to him while trying to field a ground ball

*Led off series at #15 South Carolina with first career home run, smashed it off left-hander Nolan Belcher

*Smacked a three-run home run at Georgia Tech on May 14 to ignite comeback in 14-13 victory to help claim the series

*Went 2-for-5 with an RBI in series-clinching win over Florida on May 18

2012 (Freshman):Appeared in 44 games with 21 starts (8-2B, 8-DH, 5-CF) and hit .277 with 13 RBI as team went 31-26

*Team-high 16 at bats as a pinch-hitter, hitting .250 including two-run single against Presbyterian on Feb. 19

*Set career-high with three RBI game versus Alcorn State on March 14

*Career-high three hit game versus Liberty on April 16

*Went 2-4 with an RBI and stolen bases versus Ga. Tech at Turner Field on April 24

*Hit .182-0-4 in 44 SEC at bats covering 20 games including eight starts

*Batted a team-best .600 (3-5) with one RBI in two games at the SEC Tournament

*Posted a .960 fielding percentage at second base in 25 total chances (9 putouts, 15 assists, 1 error) and perfect fielding in five outfield starts, tallying six putouts and one assist in centerfield

High School: A graduate of Lassiter where he played for Scott Kelly

*Batted .426 with four home runs, 20 RBI, a .532 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases as team went 22-10 and captured a region title

*Earned team's 2011 MVP Award and Best Defense Award along with All-Region and All-County honors

*Helped Trojans advanced to the 2010 state finals and region titles in 2008 and 2011

*Batted .452 with 11 doubles and six home runs and 29 RBI as a junior as team went 26-10

*Combined to hit .398 with 22 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 58 RBI and scored 97 runs in his first three prep seasons)

*A four-year letterman and leadoff hitter for the Trojans

*Earned Trojans Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 and Gold Glove Award in 2010

*Key member of the East Cobb Astros summer baseball program, winning 2010 Perfect Game 17U Baseball Championship Series National Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla.

*Part of 2010 squad that advanced to the finals of the World Wood Bat Association 17U National Championship

*Prep teammate of fellow Georgia Bulldog catcher Brandon Stephens

Personal: Born Aug. 6, 1992

*Son of Lucy Ward

*Major: Human Development & Family Sciences

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