Oceanside standout Mazurek to play baseball at Southern New Hampshire – Bangor Daily News
ROCKLAND, Maine — For Oceanside High School incoming senior Nick Mazurek, the athletic aspect of his college choice was more about what discipline to focus on instead of where to play.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mazurek is the reigning Class A golf co-state champion, who went on to tie for sixth place at this year’s New England interscholastic championships.
He also is one of the state’s top baseball players. Mazurek boasts a 14-3 three-year varsity pitching record that included a 6-1 record and 0.48 earned run average this spring to go with a .388 batting average, six home runs and 22 RBIs as he led coach Don Shields’ Mariners to the Eastern Maine Class B semifinals.
The decision? Mazurek — also a standout basketball player — has verbally committed to accept a partial scholarship offer to play baseball at Southern New Hampshire University, an NCAA Division II program in Manchester, New Hampshire, after he graduates from Oceanside next June.
“This was the summer where I was going to have to decide if I was going to play a lot of golf tournaments in case I wanted to play college golf or play a lot of baseball if I wanted to play college baseball,” Mazurek, son of Rich and Jenn Mazurek, said. “That was the hardest decision, to pick which one I wanted to not play as much this summer.
“I think it came down to the fact golf’s a lifetime sport and my baseball career has to end eventually, so I figured let’s see how far I can take (baseball).”
Mazurek, who also considered an offer from the University of Maine, will join a SNHU baseball program that competes in the Northeast-10 Conference and has made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament, reaching the Division II College World Series in 2012.
The Penmen, who finished 31-14 overall and 16-5 in conference play this spring, also will welcome back head coach Scott Loiseau, who guided the team to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances before a stint as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma this spring. Loiseau returned to SNHU in June.
“A huge part of it was I really liked the coach, he really convinced me this was the right spot for me, and also the school side was was a pretty big factor,” Mazurek, who plans to major in sports management, said.
The right-handed Mazurek has had his fastball clocked consistently in the mid-80s with a high of 88, but he hopes to increase that velocity and improve his other pitches with additional baseball-specific training at the collegiate level.
“That’s what I think I’m looking forward to most, because I’ve never really had that kind of intense type of practice regimen or workout,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting into that so I can give myself the opportunity to work pretty hard at one thing and try to get better at it.”
Mazurek also isn’t ruling out the possibility of playing in the infield when he’s not on the mound. He played shortstop at Oceanside this spring and third base this summer for the Maine Lightning, an AAU team based at The Edge Academy in Portland.
“Pitching is the main focus,” he said, “but they’re also going to give me the chance to hit and play in the field, too.”
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