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Top 100 Countdown: 79. Nick Vander Tuig (UCLA)

College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.

We continue the countdown today at number 79 UCLA sophomore RHP Nick Vander Tuig. The Oakdale, California native attended Oakdale High School where he was a two year letter winner under Hondo Arpoika. He did not pitch in his senior season of high school due to an arm injury but ended up being selected in the 39th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. As a junior, he went 8-1 with a 0.82 ERA, collecting 80 strikeouts and eight walks in 59.2 innings.

Vander Tuig decided to continue his baseball career at UCLA. In his first pitching action in nearly two years, the Bruins decided to use him as their closer. He went a respectable 3-4 with a 2.90 ERA, logging nine saves in 14 opportunities. He also picked up 31 strikeouts and eight walks in 31.0 innings, and holding hitters to a .250 batting average against.

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