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“As Timmy goes, we go.”
That’s how those within the Linfield Baseball family describe Tim Wilson, who has been honored as the Linfield College Male Athlete of the Year following a vote of the department’s head coaches.
A first team all-Northwest Conference, all-West Region and All-American pick, Wilson posted his third consecutive .400 season as the leadoff man for the NCAA Division III Baseball Champions. With 87 total hits – among the highest in the nation – Wilson helped the Wildcats grab an early lead more often than not. On the year, Linfield outscored its opponents 40-9 in the first inning, and posted a 20-2 record when scoring in the first frame.
A co-team captain this season, Wilson started all 50 games – tying a program record – with a team-high .401 batting average, 87 hits (including 14 doubles, five triples and four home runs), 32 RBI and 31 stolen bases.
Over the course of the year, he recorded 27 multiple-hit games, including a five-hit performance against Whitworth, and enjoyed a 16-game hitting streak in the heart of the Northwest Conference season from mid March to late April.
“Tim for three years has really been the catalyst of our team,” said head coach Scott Brosius. “He’s taken all his strengths and continued to build on them in every element of the game. He’s a great defender, whether he’s at second base or in the outfield. A great base runner. Thirty-plus stolen bases? That’s difficult to do. And then, of course, swinging the bat.”
Defensively, Wilson recorded one of the team’s highest fielding percentages (.982) over 224 chances at second base and in left field. After starting 33 of 40 games at second base during the regular season, he moved to the outfield for the regional and national tournaments to replace an injured teammate, and made numerous highlight-reel catches to back up Linfield’s stellar pitching.
Wilson was named to the Austin Regional All-Tournament Team after hitting 6-for-18 with four drawn walks, and supplied six hits – including two doubles, a triple and a home run – at the NCAA Division III Finals.
He graduates as the career leader in stolen bases (70) and also ranks second in hits (204) and batting average (.421), as well as fourth in on-base percentage (.483).
“He’s been the full package for us,” Brosius said. “He’s been a guy that’s real valuable to us not just in terms of what he brings in terms of (baseball) elements but also through his attitude, his leadership and serving as a team captain.”
Wilson graduates this spring with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and plans to work for a major accounting firm located in Portland.