Nicholson Named All-America
May 25, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State pitcher Scott Nicholson has been named to the Louisville Slugger All-America team, it was announced Friday. Nicholson (Longview, Wash./R.A. Long HS, Lower Columbia CC), a senior lefthander, was a third-team selection for the squad, which is picked by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Nicholson opted to return to Oregon State after being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft. Nicholson showed this spring why he attracted the pros' interest and is likely to be picked again in next month's draft.
Nicholson had an 11-2 record and a 3.58 earned run average, he threw 10 complete games and pitched at least 7.0 innings in all 15 of his starts. In 130.2 innings, he allowed just 137 hits and 21 walks while striking out 73.
Nicholson was among the Pacific-10 leaders in wins (third), ERA (eighth) and innings pitched (first). He set OSU's single-season record for innings pitched and was on the school's list of all-time season leaders in wins (tied for second), shutouts (tied for fourth) and complete games (tied for fourth).
Nicholson owned wins over nationally-ranked Clemson, Arizona State and Southern California this season, and his only losses were a 2-1 defeat by San Francisco and an 8-1 loss at No. 1-ranked Stanford. In his OSU career, Nicholson was 4-1 against teams ranked in the top 5, beating Arizona State twice, splitting a pair of decisions with Stanford and shutting out Pacific-10 champ USC in his final game.
Also this season, Nicholson shut out Arizona and defending Big Ten champ Minnesota. His three career shutouts tie him for seventh place on OSU's list of all-time leaders, and his 15 complete games rank him ninth on OSU's career list.
Nicholson is OSU's first baseball All-America selection since 1998, when pitcher Andrew Checketts was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association second team and the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate baseball third team.