Ole Miss Baseball Left-Hander Earns Second Preseason All-American Nod for 2021 Season
Doug Nikhazy ended last season as an All-American, and he’ll enter the 2021 campaign as a First Team Preseason All-American, earning the elite designation from Perfect Game on Tuesday.
Nikhazy was previously chosen as a Second Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball. This is also his second appearance on a Perfect Game All-American team, having earned Freshman All-America honors in 2019.
In 2020, Nikhazy worked to a 3-1 record and 2.35 ERA with 31 strikeouts and nine walks over 23.0 innings pitched. The sophomore out of Windermere, Florida, went at least 5.0 IP in every single start as the team’s Friday night arm.
The 2019 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team member started his season going 5.1 innings with four runs allowed in Rebels’ only loss of the year in the season opener vs. No. 1 Louisville, working against the Cardinals‘ ace eventual first-round MLB Draft pick Reid Detmers.
Nikhazy bounced back and was named SEC Pitcher of the Week after going 6.0 no-hit innings with nine strikeouts in combined no-hitter of Xavier. Nikhazy picked up his second win of the year the following week vs. High Point, which sparked a Rebel sweep of the Keith LeClair Classic.
He closed his season with another no-hit outing, notching 6.0 scoreless and hitless innings in rout over Princeton.