Born November 11, 1982, in Burien, Wash. ... son of Patricia Nelson and Paul Batkoski
... majoring in anthropology.
2004 (Junior) - Began the year as a sometime starter in the outfield, but his bat forced the coaches to find him a spot in the order and he started 28 of the last 29 games at shortstop ... also started one game at second base, three at DH and six in right field ... had been on a tear before hitting a rough patch the last two weeks of the season ... was hitting .333 before a 3-for-25 stretch to end the regular season ... prior to that, had hit in 20 of 23 games, going 34-for-93 (.366) with 24 RBI over those 23 ... came on again at the NCAA Regionals, going 7-for-17 (.412) in four tournament games ... in the April 18 win at Georgia Tech, went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer and six runs batted in ... May 1 at Oregon State, went 3-for-7 with four RBI and a triple ... drove in winning run with single in the 10th May 7 vs. Stanford ... homered the following day ... belted a pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth inning of Mar. 6's 11-6 win over Mizzou ... broke a 5-5 tie with a three-run, two-out double in the ninth at Riverside ... two-run single in the seventh tied the Feb. 21 Gonzaga game ... made only seven errors, good for a .950 fielding mark ... played summer ball for the Seattle Studs, earning first-team All-Pacific International League shortstop ... hit .358 with a league-high 15 doubles in 27 league games ... named the PIL Player of the Week after helping the Studs to the league title with a ninth-inning, game-tying home run in one of the final games of the season ... went 6-for-14 (.375) in four games at the National Baseball Congress World Series ... named the No. 10 prospect in the PIL by Baseball America ... 2003 (Sophomore) - Played in 36 games, starting 19 times ... emerged as a starter at DH, starting seven of the last eight games and 10 of the last 13 ... made 15 starts at DH, two at second base and two at third base ... Huskies were 16-3 with him in the starting lineup ... started three of four games in the NCAA Regional ... collecting a hit in all three ... went 4-for-12 in NCAA play and 2-for-4 with an RBI double June 1 vs. Long Beach State ... started all three in the regular season's final series vs. USC, going 4-for-10 with four runs and an RBI double for the series ... started two of three vs. Arizona State the weekend before, contributing a two-run single to break a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning of the May 19 game (third of the series) ... also started two at UCLA and had a big game in the series finale, a 13-2 UW win (May 11) ... went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, a double and a homer in that game ... 2-for-3 with a solo homer in a start at third base May 6 vs. Portland ... started at 3B April 21 vs. Hawaii-Hilo and hit first career homer in the first inning ... 2-for-5 with three RBI in that game ... 10-for-32 (.312) in 11 games against Pac-10 opposition ... 5-for-10 on the season as a pinch hitter... played for North Adams (Mass.) during the summer ... 2002 (Freshman) - Started five games at DH, two at shortstop, two at second base and one at third ... went 2-for-3 with two doubles May 14 (game two) vs. Gonzaga ... started April 13 vs. WSU, when he went 1-for-4 as the second baseman ... first hit came in his second game, when he singled vs. Missouri Feb. 17 ... went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI double March. 16 vs. BYU ... came off the bench in the NCAA Regional final game vs. Rice and singled in two at bats ... belted a grand slam in a non-counting win over the University of British Columbia in the tournament in Phoenix opening weekend ... played summer ball for Aloha (Ore.) in the Pacific International League, batting .323 in 19 league games.
Federal Way High School
Earned three varsity letters at Federal Way, leading the Eagles to the AAAA (highest level) state championship as a senior ... all-area as a junior and a senior and all-state as a senior ... MVP and batting champion of the South Puget Sound League as a junior ... two-time team MVP and also an All-SPSL pitcher ... hit .316 as a sophomore, .511 as a junior and .429 as a senior ... also went 9-2 with a 1.01 ERA as a senior, when his team went 23-3 ... team went 45-13 in his three seasons and won the district each of the last two years ... team captain as a junior and senior ... as a 16-year old, played in the Junior Olympics with the Burien (Wash.) Knights ... graduated with a 3.62 grade point average.
NICK BATKOSKI'S CAREER BATTING STATISTICS:
Year Avg. G/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Slg% BB HBP SO OB% SF SH SB/A
2002 .196 22/10 46 7 9 4 0 0 4 .283 4 1 9 .269 1 0 0/0
2003 .346 36/19 81 12 28 6 0 3 18 .531 7 2 20 .411 0 1 1/1
2004 .303 47/38 165 25 50 11 2 2 33 .430 16 1 30 .364 2 0 2/3
Totals .298 105/67 292 44 87 21 2 5 55 .435 27 4 59 .362 3 1 3/4
Batkoski news and features:
Senior Batkoski gets fresh start for No. 8 UW - Seattle Times (Feb. 9, 2005)