Nick

Kitzmann

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#26

Catcher
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Solvang, CA
High School: Santa Ynez Valley Union HS
Major: Structural Engineering
Experience: 2 Letters

Bio

AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2019
Opening Day starter behind plate at Concordia Irvine (2/1).

AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2018
All-CCAA honorable mention ... Appeared in 43 games, drawing team-high 37 starts behind plate ... Batted .287 with 37 runs, five doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 22 RBI and 22 walks ... Second in CCAA, third in West Region and tied for ninth in Division II with 21 hit-by-pitches ... Slugged .557 with .475 on-base percentage ... Charged with just three passed balls and one error defensively in 354 chances (.997) ... Threw out 11 of 26 would-be base-stealers (.423) ... Eight two-hit efforts and six multiple-RBI games ... Best hit streak was six games ... Top reached-base streak of 11 games, finishing with seven-gamer ... Arguably biggest hit of season was eighth and final home run, a two-out, solo shot to left in eighth inning of West Region final at No. 9 Azusa Pacific (5/21), which pulled UC San Diego to within two at 7-5 before walking off in ninth to defend West title ... Finished 1-for-3 in that contest with home run, walk, hit-by-pitch, two runs and two RBI ... 2-for-4 with double, first home run of season, two runs and three RBI to open doubleheader vs. Sonoma State (3/10) ... 2-for-3 with home run, walk, hit-by-pitch, run and three RBI to open twin bill at Cal State San Bernardino (4/21) ... 2-for-3 with home run, sacrifice fly, two runs and three RBI in CCAA tournament opener vs. Cal State LA (5/9) ... Went 1-for-1 with career-high three walks in winner's bracket vs. No. 8 Columbus State (5/29) at NCAA Championship ... First three hit-by-pitches of year all came vs. Concordia Irvine (2/11) ... Had two home runs each against CSUSB and CSULA, with four coming in April.

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN IN 2017
Appeared in 33 games with 26 starts ... Led team with 23 starts at catcher, with three more as designated hitter ... Tritons were 18-8 in his starts ... Hit .284 with six doubles and pair of home runs ... Five multiple-hit and two multiple-RBI games ... Top hit streak of five games ... First collegiate hit, extra-base hit, run and RBI all came in 3-for-3 effort vs. Concordia (OR) (2/5), with double, two runs and two RBI ... Went 2-for-4 with first career home run, walk, three runs and season-high four RBI at Cal State San Bernardino (5/5) ... Home run was eighth-inning grand slam to cap 16-4 rout ... In very next game vs. CSUSB (5/6), produced season-high four hits and reached base safely in all six plate appearances, finishing 4-for-4 with double, walk, hit-by-pitch, two runs and an RBI ... Second home run came in postseason debut, in CCAA Championship opener vs. Stanislaus State (5/10), a one-out solo shot for 3-1 lead in sixth inning of 6-1 victory ... Made college debut in season's second game, to open doubleheader vs. Concordia (OR) (2/4), entering defensively behind plate to begin seventh before grounding out in first plate appearance ... Started each of first two games of NCAA Championship in Grand Prairie, Texas, going 1-for-4 with hit-by-pitch and two runs in opener ... In fact scored UC San Diego's first run at NCAA Championship since 2010 national title game in Cary, N.C., hitting single on 2-2 count with one out and coming across on Jack Larsen's third-inning home run vs. No. 16 St. Thomas Aquinas (5/28) ... Charged with single error in 142 defensive chances (.993).

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2016
Redshirted season as one of four catchers on roster ... Traveled as third, emergency catcher.

SUMMER BALL
Played for independent Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks during 2018 summer ... Teammates with Ted Stuka for Wilson (N.C.) Tobs of Coastal Plain League (CPL) during 2017 summer ... Played for Santa Maria Valley Packers during 2016 summer ... Played for SoCal Halos (2014-15) and SoCal Chicago Cubs Scout Team (2013-14).

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2015 graduate of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School ... Played in 83 games on varsity from 2013-15 ... Posted a .402 batting average, 90 hits, 69 RBI and eight home runs ... All-CIF Second Team and first-team all-league (2014) ... Guided team to CIF Division 5 title as a junior ... Lee Central Coast All-Area Second Team (2014) ... League MVP (2015) ... Lee Central Coast All-Area MVP (2015) ... Max Preps California Medium School All-State First Team (2015) ... Team MVP and captain (2015).

PERSONAL
Born June 24 in Santa Barbara ... Parents are Gary and Ruthie Kitzmann ... Older sister, Jennifer, ran track and field at UC Santa Barbara ... Structural engineering major at Sixth College ... Would like to become a professional baseball player or get a job at a structural engineering firm after graduating from UC San Diego ... Most memorable baseball moment is competing in College World Series two years in a row ... Favorite UC San Diego moment is living with current teammate Steven Schuknecht and former teammates Jack Rupe, Jr., 2014 All-American Troy Cruz and 2018 15th-round MLB draft selection Tyler Durna ... Enjoys fishing and camping ... Roots for Los Angeles Angels ... Favorite athlete is Mike Napoli ... Top movies are Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3 ... Listens to blink-182, Louis the Child and Zac Brown Band ... Among favorite foods is broccoli chicken casserole.

CAREER HITTING HIGHS (current through 2018 season)
At Bats: 5, 5/11/17 vs. Cal Poly Pomona
Runs: 3, 2 times (last 5/5/17 at Cal State San Bernardino)
Hits: 4, 5/6/17 vs. Cal State San Bernardino-1
Doubles: 1, 11 times (last 5/5/18 vs. Cal State San Marcos-1)
Triples: 1, 2/23/18 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
Home Runs: 1, 10 times (last 5/21/18 at Azusa Pacific)
RBI: 4, 5/5/17 at Cal State San Bernardino
Walks: 3, 5/29/18 vs. Columbus State
Stolen Bases: 0

CAREER HITTING STATISTICS (current through 2018 season)

Year AVG GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG BB HBP SO GDP OBP SF SH SB-ATT FLD%
2017 .284 33 26 88 21 25 6 0 2 15 37 .420 8 6 27 1 .379 1 1 0-0 .993 (125-16-1)
2018 .287 43 37 115 37 33 5 1 8 22 64 .557 22 21 50 1 .475 2 0 0-0 .997 (312-41-1)
TOTALS .286 76 63 203 58 58 11 1 10 37 101 .498 30 27 77 2 .437 3 1 0-0 .996 (437-57-2)

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
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