Linfield Wildcats

May 02, 2014
Fisher, Lawson receive academic honors
Complete All-District Teams
Demonstrating the Division III philosophy toward well-rounded student-athlete experiences is alive and well within the Linfield baseball program, Nick Fisher and Eric Lawson have been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team, as announced Thursday.
Fisher, an Academic All-American in 2013, earned all-district honors for a second consecutive season. The senior right fielder has maintained a 3.86 cumulative grade point average while majoring in mathematics and pursuing a minor in physics.
On the field, Fisher hit .355 through the end of the regular season, leading the team in doubles (15), triples (3) and sharing the lead for home runs (7). He drove in 35 runs, drew 24 walks for a team-high .456 on-base percentage and paced the team in stolen bases (11-for-15) while registering a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Earning academic honors for the first time in his career was Lawson, who has achieved a 3.90 GPA, highest among the 12 honorees from District 8, as a marketing major and psychology minor. The sophomore infielder is also a member of the prestigious Kemper scholar program, which inducts typically one student from just 16 liberal arts institutions across the country and provides both financial aid and internship opportunities.
A first-year starter at third base, Lawson entered the final weekend of the regular season with a career-high .303 batting average, totaling 40 hits – including seven doubles – and driving in 24 runs for the Wildcats. Through 36 games, he went 7-for-10 on stolen base attempts to finish among the team leaders in the category. 
Top-ranked Linfield wrapped up a second consecutive Northwest Conference championship with a 22-2 mark against league opponents and 32-4 overall win-loss record. The Wildcats begin defense of their national title in regional tournament play May 14-17 in McMinnville.
Since 2006, six Linfield baseball student-athletes have combined for nine academic all-district and two all-America citations. 
The CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America program was established in the 1950s, and every year recognizes hundreds of deserving scholar-athletes. Student-athletes are nominated by their respective institutions. Voting for Academic All-District is done by current members of the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America; the All-America team is voted upon by Academic All-America Committee members and current CoSIDA Board of Directors.
Action Image
Eric Lawson
Third baseman, Kemper Scholar