21 Nik Verbeke
21 Nik Verbeke
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Year: R-Jr.
Hometown: Cumming, Ga.
High School: Forsyth Central HS / Spartanburg Methodist
Position: RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R

2017 — Saw limited duty in his first season as a Paladin, making five appearances, including two starts, before injury ended his campaign...went 0-2 with a 3.12 ERA...displayed quality stuff (8.2 IP, 5 H, 9 K), reflected in the fact that opponents hit just .161 against him...first appearance came in relief (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K) in 11-3 win over Tennessee-Martin...worked 1 1/3 innings (0 H, 3 K) versus Butler (10-7 loss)...first start (and loss) came against Georgia State (2.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 3 BB)...registered his other start (3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) againt Clemson (8-0 loss).

Junior College/High School:  2016 graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College, where he played alongside fellow-Furman signees Hunter Baker and Tyler Kimbrell...coach at SMC was Tim Wallace...posted a 6-2 record and 3.70 ERA in 2016 on an SMC squad that notched a 42-20 record...made 13 appearances and 11 starts...recorded 50 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings of work...began his collegiate career at Chattahoochee Valley Community College, making 16 appearances (0-0, 2 saves, 5.02 ERA) on a team that went 43-17 and captured Alabama Community College Conference Tournament Championship and advanced to the NJCAA World Series...2014 graduate of Forsyth Central (5A) High School...baseball coach was Kevin McCollum...two-time first team all-county choice.

Personal:  Full name is Nikolas Mark Verbeke...born May 10, 1995, in Cumming, Georgia...son of Mark and Marina Verbeke...communications major.