Louisville v Kennesaw State | NCAA Super Regional Game 2
2014 American Championship All-Tournament Team
2014: Hit .351 with two home runs, 25 RBI, 29 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 26 starts and 47 games played as a freshman. Connected for second career home run and drove in three runs in June 7 win over Kennesaw State to clinch CWS berth. Was 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in NCAA Super Regional opener on June 6. Hit .692 going 9-for-13 with six RBI and five runs scored in four starts at American Conference Championship to earn All-Tournament honors. Was 3-for-3 with a run driven in against Houston in title game. Finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored in May 24 win over Rutgers at American Championship. Went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored in win over Memphis to open American Championship. Was 2-for-3 with a double and a run driven in May 17 win over Cincinnati to close regular season. Finished 2-for-5 with first career home run and two runs scored in May 16 win over Bearcats. Singled, walked, stole a base and scored three times in April 13 at No. 7 Houston. Had a double, first career stolen base and scored once in March 9 win over Miami. Made first career start at second base while singling and scoring on March 8 against RedHawks. Doubled, walked and scored twice in Feb. 28 win over Toledo. Walked twice and scored twice in first career collegiate start against Western Michigan on Feb. 22. Came off the bench for two hits and scored two times in series-opening win over Broncos on Feb. 21. Delivered RBI groundout as a pinch hitter in home-opening win over Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 19. Made collegiate debut as a pinch hitter in Feb. 16 win over Delaware.
High School: Lettered three years for coach Carl Hunckler at Naperville North. Three-time All-Conference selection and two-time All-Area honoree. Selected as Illinois Coaches Association All-Star as a senior. Naperville North Booster Club Award Recipient. Hit .442 with 27 RBI, 12 doubles and 16 stolen bases as a junior. Set school record for career triples with 18. Also played with Cangelosi Sparks traveling team.
Personal: Born Nicholas Blake Solak, on Jan. 11, 1995, in Woodridge, Ill. Son of Mark and Roseann Solak. Has one younger sister, Alexis. Majoring in finance at the University of Louisville. After college, he plans to play professional baseball and attend law school. People with the greatest influence on his athletic career are his parents, who have provided him with every opportunity possible and teaching him to always work hard. Hobbies and outside interests include music, concerts and hanging out in downtown Chicago. Favorite movies include Forrest Gump, Miracle, The Natural and Rocky. Enjoys watching Baseball Tonight, SportsCenter and The Walking Dead. Favorite athletes include Muhammad Ali, Gordon Beckham, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia. Favorite foods are burritos, seafood and steak. Enjoys eating at Morton's Steak House, Portillo's and Shaw's Crab House. Favorite teams are the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago White Sox. Enjoys listening to any type of music. Favorite quote is "Don't count the days, make the days count," by Muhammad Ali.