Mount Vernon Baseball Standout to Play at
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (6-6-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University baseball team has
added an important recruit for the 2013
baseball season as Riley Swanson has decided
to further his education and continue his
baseball career at MVNU.
an infielder from Mount Vernon, Ohio, posted
a .393 batting average with a .607 slugging
percentage and a .475 on-base percentage as
he recorded 11 doubles, two triples, and one
home run as a senior at Mount Vernon High
School on the way to earning Ohio Capital
Conference First Team honors and Central
District Honorable Mention accolades for the
second straight year. He also posted a .412
batting average as a junior and a .399
batting average as a sophomore as the Yellow
Jackets posted a 27-4 record to set a
school-record for wins in a season.
"We are very excited that Riley has chosen
to continue his baseball career at MVNU,"
said MVNU coach Keith Veale, who has posted
a 774-395 record in 23 seasons leading the
Cougars to seven conference titles, five
National Christian College Athletic
Association national championships, and the
program's only two berths in the NAIA World
Series. "I have been able to observe him for
a number of years in a variety of
competitive environments and have viewed him
as a confident and poised athlete. He has a
tremendous upside on the baseball diamond.
He has the quickness and athleticism that
will allow him to compete at any number of
defensive positions. He has bat quickness
that will transition well into the
collegiate game. He is a natural fit for the
MVNU baseball program and campus as a whole.
We look forward to his growth and
contributions in our campus community."
In addition to playing baseball at Mount
Vernon High School and also for the Knox
County Royals, Swanson was a three-year
varsity letterman in basketball and an
All-OCC First Team pick. He also earned
Division I Academic All-Ohio and has been
involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes
and National Honor Society.
are several reasons why I decided to attend
MVNU," said Swanson of his college choice.
"I like the Christian atmosphere and the
fact that it is close to home. I'm also
looking forward to playing in a
highly-competitive baseball program."
The Cougars are coming off a 33-20
season in 2012 in which the team earned its
third straight trip to the NAIA National
Championship Opening Round by winning the
Mid-Central College Conference Tournament
title. Over the years, the Cougars have had
13 players drafted by Major League Baseball
teams including Tim Belcher, who was the No.
1 overall pick in the 1983 draft. Seven
other players have signed free agent
contracts to play professional baseball.