What has William Carsrud hitting lights out for the Nevada baseball team

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune

William Carsrud has found his spot in the batting lineup for the Nevada baseball team.

Carsrud was only 1-for-17 at the plate over the Cubs first seven games. Then during a 12-2 loss at West Marshall he was moved to the designated hitter.

Carsrud went 1-for-2 in the game with a double and hasn't slowed down since.

“Baseball guys are weird,” Nevada baseball coach Steve Glenn said. “They want to hit in a certain spot. I’ve thought about moving him up, but he said he wants to keep hitting sixth and DH. Baseball is all mental. If he thinks hitting as the DH is the reason why, then that’s the reason why I guess.” 

Carsrud is an outstanding 17-for-30 at the plate since the West Marshall game. He's hitting .383 with five doubles, six runs and eight RBIs during his senior season after going 2-for-14 at the plate as a junior.

“I worked really hard during the offseason,” Carsrud said. “My hitting is paying off. It’s a really great feeling.” 

William Carsrud is hitting .567 (17-for-30) since moving to designated hitter for Nevada at the start of the month.

Carsrud credited time spent with his dad Charlie for the big turnaround.

“My dad helped me a lot,” Carsrud said. “We just did various drills catching the ball and getting in a batting stance.” 

As a result, he's been able to pick up at least two hits in seven of Nevada's nine games since the West Marshall loss.

“I’m seeing the ball,” Carsrud said. “A little plate discipline just to determine what pitches I need to swing at.” 

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Carsrud follows up Nos. 3-5 hitters Gavin Melohn (.432 with 17 runs), Connor Schnettgoecke (.245 with 15 RBIs) and Karter Beving (.347 with 12 RBIs) to give Nevada a lot of potency in the middle of its lineup.

“He’s been huge,” Glenn said. “Him and Carter in the 5-6 spots have been two of our stronger guys. It’s been nice once we get past Gavin and Connor to have two more guys that can hit the baseball pretty well.” 

Carsrud's teammates love seeing him break out during his final season with the program.

“It’s really encouraging to see the work a lot of people put in during the offseason pay off,” Nevada senior infielder Cael Franzen said. “You can count on him to get a hit most of the time and move the runners around so we can score more runs. They’re seeing the improvement and we’re winning a lot more baseball games than we did last year.” 

In addition to his hitting Carsrud has also helped out the Cubs on the mound, going 1-1 in 8 1/3 innings after only throwing 2 2/3 innings a year ago. 

But his bat has done most of the talking for him. With the rise of Carsrud and other hitters Nevada has already more than doubled last year's win total.

The Cubs are 8-9 after only going 3-24 a year ago.

“That’s a great first step,” Glenn said. “But we’ve got to beat somebody we’re not supposed to beat. Hopefully we will before the season is over.” 

Nevada has lost four straight following a 10-7 non-conference loss to Hampton-Dumont-CAL Thursday at the Nevada Cubs Baseball Field. The Cubs are 8-0 against teams under .500, but 0-9 against schools with a winning record.

William Carsrud collected two hits during Nevada's 10-7 loss to Hampton-Dumont-CAL Thursday at the Nevada Cubs Baseball Field in Nevada.

“We’ve just got to clean up the little things,” Franzen said. “Then we’ll have a better chance of winning close games like this.” 

Glenn said Nevada needs to cut down on giving up extra-base hits and play cleaner on defense in order turn things back around after winning five in a row from June 2-10. Carsrud said he'll do his part to get the Cubs on another winning streak by continuing to put the bat on the ball and get on base.

“My goals are just planning to stay hot,” Carsrud said. “Keep working on my swing, hit the ball well and keep going.”