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Colwell Makes Professional Debut With Evansville Otters

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: June 18, 2012

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Former North Dakota State first baseman and outfielder Nick Colwell began his professional baseball career Saturday, June 16, with the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League.

Colwell, from Shoreview, Minn., played left field and went 0-for-3 in his professional debut against the London Rippers but was 2-for-4 with a run scored against the River City Rascals in his second outing.

Colwell was NDSU's second leading hitter with a .333 batting average, led the Bison with 18 doubles and 43 RBIs, and hit two triples and two home runs last season.  He batted second in all 60 games and made 50 starts at first base and 10 in left field.

Colwell hit .309 with 25 doubles, two triples, four homers and 67 RBIs in his two-year career at NDSU after transferring from Iowa Central Community College.

He set an NDSU career record for fielding percentage at .995, finished second in sacrifice bunts with 28, and set single-season records in 2012 for sac bunts (18), defensive chances (461) and putouts (417).

Colwell is the third Bison player to join a professional team this summer.  Third baseman Zach Wentz signed with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and shortstop Max Casper signed with the Sioux Falls Pheasants of the independent American Association.

Colwell is the second former NDSU player to launch a professional career with the Evansville Otters.  Right-handed pitcher Jason Kalbrener signed with the club out of NDSU in 1998.

Former NDSU right-handed pitcher Brian Beuning played in the Frontier League from 2004 to 2006 with the Kalamazoo Kings and Windy City Thunderbolts out of Bemidji State, and former NDSU left-hander Jake Laber played with the River City Rascals in 2008 and 2009.

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