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Hayden Nielsen Athlete Profile

#5 Hayden Nielsen

Position: Shortstop Height: 5-11 Weight: 185 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2013-2016 Hometown: Spanish Fork, UT Last School: Spanish Fork High School


  • Born in Spanish Fork, Utah
  • Parents are Rob and Jenny Nielsen
  • Is an Eagle Scout
  • Serves as a member of the Cougar Council representing all BYU student-athletes
  • Married Mckenzie Murphy in July, 2015
  • Majoring in exercise science

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Spanish Fork High School under Jim "Shoe" Nelson and Jeff "Whites" Nelson
  • Team was national champions, ranked No. 2
  • 4A MVP, Region MVP and Sunshine MVP
  • Three-time All-State
  • Won the team's Golden Glove Award
  • All-Region in baseball, basketball and football
  • Lettered three-times in baseball, basketball and football
  • Played for the Utah Marshalls

2013 | Freshman Year

  • All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team, Coaches
  • Honorable mention All-WCC, Coaches
  • Hit three game-winning RBI: sac-fly at Seattle, sac-fly vs. Portland and fielder’s choice in 5-4 victory vs. Utah
  • Turned 41 double plays in his 286 chances

2014 | Sophomore Year

  • Game-winning RBI on two-run double at Portland
  • Preseason All-West Coast Conference by the coaches

2015 | Junior Year

  • Second-team All-West Coast Conference, coaches
  • Led team with six game-winning RBI vs. San Francisco, Utah, Pepperdine (walk-off single in 10th inning) and three times vs. Hartford
  • Led team with 77 hits

2016 | Senior Year

  • All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention, Coaches
  • Hit first collegiate career homer (also game-winning RBI) in 11-4 win vs. Pacific
  • Made first pitching appearance of college career at Utah 1-8
  • Started every one of his 213 BYU games at shortstop