Linfield baseball players Jake Wylie (Sr., Eagle, Idaho) and Chris Haddeland (Jr., McMinnville, Ore.) have been recognized as the Northwest Conference Hitter and Pitcher Student-Athletes of the Week, respectively, following a vote of the conference’s sports information directors.
Wylie, a junior outfielder, enjoyed an impressive three-game series with Puget Sound, smacking three home runs – including a grand slam – and driving in 13 total runs as top-ranked Linfield won its fifth NWC series of the season. For the weekend, the conference RBI leader (39) hit 5-for-11 (.455) with a 1.273 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage. He was also defensively perfect in left field.
Wylie also ranks first in the NWC in doubles (12), home runs (5) and total bases (65). He was also named to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week.
Haddeland, Linfield’s Game 1 starter, threw his first career complete-game shutout against Puget Sound, fanning eight Loggers over nine innings to improve to 6-1 for the season. He surrendered just six hits and three walks, holding UPS to a .194 batting average.
Haddeland’s six wins tops NWC statistics and his 38 strikeouts rank sixth in the league among active pitchers.
Linfield, seeking its to recapture the NWC title it last won in 2011, improved to 20-4 for the season. The Wildcats’ 13-2 NWC record leads challenger George Fox, which sits one game back at 12-3.
NEXT: The Wildcats head to Tacoma, Wash., this weekend for a three-game series with NWC rival Pacific Lutheran.
Jake Wylie, Chris Haddeland
Playing at a high level
Director of Sports Information
McMinnville, OR 97128