CHARLESTON, W.Va. – University of Charleston sophomore catcher/first baseman Nick Wilson has been named the NCBWA Division II Atlantic Region Hitter of the Week for his performance last weekend against Salem International, it was released Wednesday.
Wilson, who played baseball at North Surry High School between 2012 and 2015, was named as the Mountain East Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Last week, in a three-game series against Salem International University, Wilson led the Golden Eagles to a three-game sweep by going 8-for-11 (.727) at the plate. He had multiple hits in each of the three games, including a 4-for-4 outing with two doubles in the opener. He finished with four RBI and four runs scored and slugged 1.091.
Wilson is hitting .618 in UC’s first 13 games, going 21-for-34 with eight extra-base hits (6 doubles, 2 home runs), 13 RBI and 12 runs scored. His offensive outburst is especially impressive considering that he struggled during his freshman season, getting into nine games and starting five. He didn’t make a single error in the field, but was just 3-for-18 at the plate in his first college action.
At North Surry, he was a key member of the Greyhound team that reached the West Regional best-of-three championship series in 2015, which they lost two games to one against Randleman. The Hounds posted a 24-6 record and won the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference championship that season, with Wilson catching and occasionally pitching. The outstanding season came after North Surry had posted losing seasons in each of his first two years on the varsity.
Wilson hit .418 with 12 home runs as a senior, earned all-state honors, and drew the attention of several collegiate scouts. He signed a national letter of intent with Charleston on April 15, 2015.
His college team is enjoying a similar renaissance this season. After a disappointing 16-34 record in his freshman year, the Golden Eagles have gotten off to a 10-3 start to the 2017 season, including an eight-game winning streak going into a doubleheader with Lake Erie College on Wednesday night.