Chase has a cumulative grade point average of 3.68 on a 4.00 scale. He has earned Dean’s List honors six times: Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and Fall 2012. Dean’s List honors are awarded to students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher. Chase also earned Atlantic Sun Academic All Conference honors in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The Atlantic Sun honors student athletes who earn a GPA of 3.00 or higher during the term in which their sport is in season.
Chase has emerged as a leader on Belmont University’s campus. He serves as Co-President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a very active group that has sponsored a Student-Athlete Talent Show fundraiser for the past two years, raising over $10,000 annually for Special Olympics. He co-founded and serves as President of Belmont University’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter, leading meetings and worship every other Sunday. In the summer of 2012, Chase attended a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership camp in North Carolina. He and the other college athletes in attendance received two days of leadership training and then served as “Huddle Leaders” for the 500 high school students in attendance at the FCA camp. As a sophomore, Chase was selected to attend a NCAA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. Upon return to Belmont’s campus, he proposed and implemented a Welcome Back Dinner for all new and returning student-athletes in the fall semester, which has become an annual event that includes fun, ice-breaker activities to help student-athletes get to know members of other sports teams. He and the members of the SAAC also revamped Belmont’s “Bruins Supporting Bruins” program, which encourages athletes to attend other teams’ athletic events. In the fall of 2012, Chase was elected Captain of Belmont’s baseball team, a testament of his teammates’ confidence in his character and leadership abilities.
Chase engages in volunteer activities in the Nashville community on a regular basis. He and other members of the SAAC serve meals several times a year to the homeless population at the Nashville Rescue Mission. As the Baseball team representative on the SAAC, Chase participates in the Christmas Angels program annually, collecting money and shopping for Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the Nashville area. In 2012, he volunteered with student-athletes from various teams to host “Camp Bruin,” a one day sports camp at a local, inner city elementary school. Chase and his teammates volunteer every year to offer a series of clinics and fall leagues for high school baseball players, helping the participants with skill improvement, training, and game activities. Finally, as Co-President of the SAAC, Chase helps organize and produce Belmont’s Student-Athlete Talent Show annually, which features performances by all of the athletic teams as well as some Special Olympians from the Nashville area. The event raises over $10,000 annually for Special Olympics.
Over the past three seasons, Chase has garnered numerous athletic honors. At the institutional level, he was named Male Athlete of the Year by Belmont’s athletic department at its 2012 All Sports banquet. He also received the Dave Whitten Pitching Award in 2010. At the conference level, Chase was named to the Atlantic Sun All Freshman Team in 2010. He received second team All Atlantic Sun honors in 2011 and was a first team All Atlantic Sun selection in 2012. He was named to the A-Sun Conference All Tournament Team in 2011 and also received A-Sun Pitcher of the Week honors in March of 2011. Entering his first season in the Ohio Valley Conference, Chase was selected as the Preseason OVC Pitcher of the Year. Chase led his team to consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference championships in 2011 and 2012 with back to back NCAA Regional Tournament appearances in Nashville and Baton Rouge, respectively. In 2011, Chase earned Belmont’s first ever NCAA Regional win, striking out six and allowing only one earned run. He was also named to the NCAA Regional All Tournament Team that year. As a freshman, Chase led his Belmont team in strikeouts with 52. In 2012, he had 16 starts, the most in a single season at Belmont. That same year, he set a career high 8 wins and led the team with 81 strikeouts, ranking third in the A-Sun Conference. He held his opponents to a .217 average, third best in the conference.