Haddeland, 'Cats baseball win awards
Linfield junior pitcher Chris Haddeland won the Ad Rutschman Small College Male Athlete of the Year award at the Oregon Sports Awards, held March 9 at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.
The Linfield baseball team also won the George Pasero Award, given to the best teams of the year. The Wildcats shared the award with Oregon acrobatics and tumbling, Oregon women’s indoor track and field, Oregon State baseball, Concordia women’s soccer, the Portland Thorns soccer team and the Portland Winterhawks hockey team.
The Wildcats are the seventh team in school history to win the George Pasero Award and the first baseball team. Haddeland, a McMinnville High School graduate, is the fifth Linfield athlete to win the Ad Rutschman Award – named for the former Wildcats head football coach who is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame – and also the first baseball player.
The Linfield baseball team went 42-8 overall (21-3 Northwest Conference), winning the Northwest Conference championship and the NCAA Division III national championship. It was the school’s third national title in baseball, with the first two coming in 1966 and 1971, when the Wildcats were part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Haddeland posted a 15-1 record in 18 appearances with a 1.07 ERA and a .194 opponents’ batting average. He was named the d3baseball.com and American Baseball Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year in 2013.
Linfield graduating senior Dominique Forrest, a linebacker on the Wildcats’ football team and the 2013 Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was a finalist for the award.
Corban softball player Stephanie (Nippert) Hull was named the Ad Rutschman Small College Female Athlete of the Year.