Nick Burton was not sure if he would be able to find a college where he could pursue a high-level engineering education while also continuing his baseball career. As a result, he strongly considered attending Ohio State or Wright State to focus on his academics.
A conversation with his summer league coach last year changed Burton’s plans.
“My summer coach played at Defiance and he knew I wanted to go into engineering,” said Burton, a senior outfielder for Bellefontaine. “He suggested I take a look at Rose-Hulman (Institute of Technology). I visited there and I knew it was the place for me. It has the number-one undergraduate engineering college in the country and they also offered me the opportunity to play baseball. It felt like the best of both worlds.”
Rose-Hulman is located in Terre Haute, Ind. The school is so proud of its engineering reputation that its athletic teams are nicknamed the Fightin’ Engineers. They play at the NCAA Division III level.
“Nick’s outlook on school and life, and his work ethic to get better every day in the both the classroom and the playing field will benefit him well in college,” said Bellefontaine head coach Art Caudill. “It is very rewarding to see another one of our kids get the opportunity to both further their education and their baseball career at the next level because it means that others respect the type of baseball that not only that individual plays, but also that we play here at Bellefontaine High School.
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