Cherry Creek's Nate Sweeney commits to University of Arizona

Cherry Creek's Nate Sweeney commits to University of Arizona

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Cherry Creek's Nate Sweeney commits to University of Arizona

15-16 senior, Nate Sweeney, will play play baseball for the Wildcats after graduation next May

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15-16 senior, Nate Sweeney, will play play baseball for the Wildcats after graduation next May

Sweeney pitching versus Regis Jesuit - Photo by Jack Eberhard

Sweeney pitching versus Regis Jesuit – Photo by Jack Eberhard

KUSA — Dreams are coming true for Nate Sweeney, Cherry Creek Bruins baseball player. Nate Sweeney committed to the University of Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, June 20th.

The 6-foot-1, 150 pound senior said, “It was my dream school and it’s crazy I get to play there; I am very blessed.”

Sweeney attended his first baseball camp on the Wildcats campus this summer and said he fell in love with the school. “I fell in love with the field, the players, the campus,” Sweeney said.

It was his first offer; however, Auburn and Arizona State were also interested in taking a look at the right-handed pitcher. “I may have jumped the gun,” Sweeney said, “but I don’t care because it is my dream school.”

Looking to major in business while in Tucson, the 2016 freshman pitcher is looking to work hard and get into the line-up and eventually be the number one pitcher for the Wildcats.

Sweeney still has to earn the spot as the number one pitcher for his senior year with the Cherry Creek Bruins and he is ready to play a big role in the 2015-16 season. Nate pitched five innings for the Bruins with one start last season. “This next season I will get more pitching opportunities for the team,” said Sweeney, “but I will do anything I can for the team.”

Photo by Jack Eberhard

Photo by Jack Eberhard

A true team player, Sweeney played short-stop and third base quiet a bit last year. In his junior year with the Bruins, Sweeney had a .339 batting average and scored 17 runs. Sweeney said, “We only have six returning seniors, but I want to be a big time leader and show the kids that weren’t on varsity last year that we have a shot; we are going to work for that ring.”

The Bruins went 20-4 with head coach Marc Johnson last season, falling to Rock Canyon (last years 5A state champions) 5-1 in the second round of a two loss elimination tournament.

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