BELLEVUE, Neb. -- The Bellevue University baseball team, under head coach Duane Monlux, announced today the signing of 6-1, 180-pound outfielder Austin Alexander (Adger, Ala.) to a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at Bellevue beginning in the fall of 2017.
Alexander comes to Bellevue from fellow NAIA powerhouse Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Ga. where he played during the 2017 season. Prior to joining the Grizzlies, Alexander attended Shelton State (Ala.) Community College where he played during the 2013 and 2015 seasons (he redshirted during the 2014 campaign).
At Georgia Gwinnett last season Alexander was a mainstay in the middle of the Grizzlies potent order. He slashed .377/.450/.719, numbers which would all have ranked in the top three at BU, against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. He tallied 20 extra-base hits and 29 RBI in 41 games of action.
Coach Monlux said of Alexander, "Austin is a very good player. He possesses middle of the lineup-type power and can also hit for a high average. He has the ability to be a major contributor to the Bellevue University baseball program. We are looking forward to him being in a Bruin uniform during the 2018 season."
Alexander joins earlier signees Jonah Yang (OF, Diamond Bar, Calif.), Luke Stratton (OF, Temecula, Calif.), Bailey Link (C/3B/RHP, Chula Vista, Calif.), Jarrod Molnaa (RHP, Kennewick, Wash.), Conner Sharp (RHP, Port Orchard, Wash.), Stuart Eurich (OF, Elizabeth, Colo.), Stephen Knapp (RHP, Huntington Beach, Calif.), Travis Tanaka (C/OF, Aiea, Hawaii), Kory Longaker (OF, Edmonds, Wash.), JT Patterson (C/1B, Calgary, Alta.), and Brandon Sparks (2B/OF, St. Joseph, Ill.).
Bellevue recently concluded another strong season with a 51-11 mark that saw them earn their second-straight NSAA Regular-Season title after going 23-1 in league play. The Bruins hosted the NAIA Opening Round-Bellevue Bracket where they reached the final round. The National Tournament Appearance was the 19th in the storied history of the Bruin Baseball program.