SEWARD, Neb. – Pitchers Nathan Buckallew and Nick Little represented the Concordia University Baseball team with recognition as 2021 Academic All-Americans. The teams were selected and announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Monday (July 26). Buckallew and Little had been named CoSIDA Academic All-District award winners on July 1, along with teammate Jesse Garcia.
Little concluded his collegiate career as one of the top pitchers in program history. A native of Lithia, Fla., Little has collected three Academic All-District and three Academic All-America awards (twice first team and once second team) from CoSIDA in his career. This past season, Little eclipsed or equaled school all-time records for wins (27), innings pitched (253.1) and complete games (15). In 40 games as a Bulldog, Little went 27-6 with a 3.41 ERA and 225 strikeouts. He was named the 2018 GPAC Pitcher of the Year. In 2021, Little went 8-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 64.2 innings. Little graduated from Concordia with a business degree.
A senior from Urbandale, Iowa, Buckallew earned honorable mention All-GPAC honors in 2021 while serving as the team’s closer. Also an NAIA Scholar-Athlete, Buckallew earned his degree from Concordia in Business Administration. This past season, he made 21 appearances on the mound (28.1 innings) and recorded a 2.22 ERA, a 4-0 record, seven saves and 28 strikeouts. In his collegiate career, Buckallew appeared in 35 games, registering a 3.62 ERA and nine saves.
Concordia Baseball Academic All-District honorees
Jake Adams (2017)
Nathan Buckallew (*2021)
Jesse Garcia (2020, 2021)
Jaydee Jurgensen (2015)
Nick Little (*2018, *2020, *2021)
Thomas Sautel (*2020)