May 06, 2014
Fisher's Tackle Box is Well Stocked
Linfield outfielder and co-captain Nick Fisher is the right person to ask about the game of baseball – and for math advice, too.
A mathematics major from Lake Oswego, Ore., Fisher has a great deal of work on his plate, whether for his studies or for baseball. Already distinguished as the 2014 Northwest Conference Player of the Year, and as a first team all-NWC and second team all-West Region honoree and CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2013, Fisher is one of the most balanced and accomplished student-athletes at Linfield.
“The hardest part of being a math major is that the work never stops. You don't really get any breaks from doing homework or preparing for tests,” Fisher says.
The infielder-converted-to-outfielder was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America team during his third year at Linfield in recognition of his ability to maintain a 3.83 cumulative grade point average while performing at a high level on the diamond.
“Balancing grades and baseball is always going to be a challenge for any player,” Fisher says. “Ultimately you just have to manage your time and sometimes be willing to lose some sleep. It can feel a little overwhelming at times, but you just do your best and then hope for the best.”
He chose to major in math for the quick and deliberate thinking the subject requires. Fisher considers Linfield to be a great college to pursue such a challenging major.
“I chose to be a math major because it teaches you how to solve problems quickly and effectively,” says the co-captain. “Academically, I love that I can go into my professor and talk to him or her to get clarification. I'm not required to trudge through everything on my own.”
Speaking of numbers, the ones Fisher posted during his junior year were remarkable. The starting right fielder hit .374 with 25 extra-base hits, 47 runs batted in and 25 stolen 25 bases in 31 attempts.
“Nick is a great hitter who packs a lot of power. He can hit a ball deep to any part of the field at any time,” says roommate and fellow outfielder Kramer Lindell. “Moving to the outfield from the infield was tough for him at first, but he is one of the best outfielders in the conference now.”
Because of his feats, Fisher was named to the all-Northwest Conference first team and chosen as a second team all-West Region honoree during Linfield's national championship season.
“I was happy I received some recognition for a good season. Ultimately, though, those honors aren't as important as the respect I garnered from my teammates and coaches,” Fisher says.
Like any athlete, he always is willing to improve and apply the things that he learns in baseball to the real world.
“My favorite thing about baseball in general is that those who put in the time will eventually see results,” Fisher says. “Anyone who takes the games seriously will, without a doubt, be frustrated at times. But it's through that adversity and frustration that you find out what you can really do – not just in baseball, but in life.”
Lindell spoke to Fisher's work ethic, saying how Fisher is always the first player to hit in the batting cages each day and that his focus is always about turning his weaknesses into strengths.
Aside from his penchant for hard work and a passion for the game, Fisher loves his team. As a senior, he knows most of his teammates well and is comfortable both joking around and being serious when each opportunity arises.
“The best part about my team is that we can joke and get along, and then turn on the switch and go into battle with our opponents,” Fisher says.
“I've known ‘Fish' for the last three years. The first thing that pops up in my mind when it comes to Nick is his work ethic. He's the type of guy that is constantly working and pushing himself to get better,” says Chris Haddeland, Linfield's all-everything pitcher.
Though he graduates from Linfield at the end of the month, Fisher remains uncertain of what he will pursue as a career. He is the type of person who lives in the moment, taking in every experience he can.
“My post-graduation plans are not set in stone,”â€ˆFisher says, “but I plan on going as many places and seeing as many things as I can while I'm still able, just trying to enjoy every day on its own and not taking life for granted.”
- Rhys Lendio â€˜17