Linfield Wildcats
May 22, 2014
Haddeland named Player, Pitcher of Year
D3baseball.com All-America Team
APPLETON, Wis. – Repeating as both the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings and D3baseball.com Player and Pitcher of the of the Year, respectively, Chris Haddeland (Jr., McMinnville, Ore.) was applauded for leading the defending national champion Linfield Wildcats to a second straight NCAA Finals appearance one day prior to the tournament's opening games.  
 
Aaron Thomassen (Jr., Seattle, Wash.) earned his first career All-America honors from both organizations, while Nick Fisher (Sr., Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Jake Wylie (Sr., Eagle, Idaho) were named to the D3baseball.com All-America second and third teams, respectively. Hours after D3baseball.com released its all-star roster online, the ABCA announced its list of All-Americans at the NCAA Finals celebration banquet held in the team hotel Thursday evening.
 
Haddeland was recognized for achieving an 11-1 record, 0.97 ERA and 79 strikeouts in another dominating season as Linfield's ace. The junior right-hander threw seven complete games, including four shutouts, and also picked up a save in the championship game of the McMinnville Regional. In 111 innings pitched, Haddeland has surrendered just 12 earned runs and five extra-base hits while holding opposing hitters to a .171 average.
 
Thomassen earned his first career All-America honors with recognition on the D3baseball.com second team and ABCA/Rawlings third team. The Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year was also honored as first team All-West Region selection after posting a 10-1 record and 1.97 ERA in 81.2 innings of work. Thomassen hurled his first career complete-game shutout earlier this season, totaled 58 strikeouts against 15 walks and limited hitters to a .199 batting average.
 
Fisher picked up All-America honors from D3baseball.com for the first time, landing on the second team. The senior right fielder hit .337 through the end of the regional tournament with team highs in hits (58), doubles (17), triples (3) and home runs (9). Fisher drove in 37 runs while scoring 43 times, stole a team-high 12 bases and registered a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage en route to Northwest Conference Player of the Year and McMinnville Regional Most Outstanding Player honors.
 
Despite missing 13 games due to an injury, Wylie repeated as a D3baseball.com All-American with recognition on the third team. The senior – who split time as catcher and designated hitter – led the Wildcats with a .348 average, .679 slugging percentage and .441 on-base percentage. Of his 39 hits, 20 went for extra bases, including 11 doubles, one triple and eight home runs. Wylie totaled 34 RBIs, scored 25 times and was defensively perfect in 125 chances behind the plate.
 
UP NEXT: Linfield opens the NCAA Finals against St. Thomas (Minn.) Friday morning. First pitch is set for 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time in Appleton, Wis.
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