April 30, 2006
When the baseball season concludes, ten Bisons will have played their final games at Ken Dugan Field. But for many others, their baseball careers at Lipscomb are just beginning.
Of all the freshman on the Bisons' roster this season, none have made a bigger impact than right-hander Charles Williams.
Williams began his baseball career at the age of five.
"My dad played baseball all his life, and I wanted to be like him so I started playing," Williams said.
Thirteen years later Williams' baseball career has continued. He has played a vital role in the Bisons' bullpen this season, and experienced success as a weekend starter. Williams points to his father as being the reason he has made it this far.
"He has always pushed me and kept me motivated to succeed," Williams said.
On the season, Williams is 2-3 with a team-leading 2.96 ERA. In 45.2 innings this season, he has given up just 15 earned runs.
Perhaps his greatest value to the Bisons' comes in the fact that Williams can successfully play the role of either starter or reliever. His ability to throw strikes and holds runners makes him an invaluable addition to the pitching staff.
"Charles is a tough little competitive player," assistant coach Cliff Terracuso said. "He has the right mindset to become a successful division one pitcher. His biggest strength is that he is not afraid of filling up the zone. He is a strike thrower that creates contact. The defense must have a solid day behind him to have a chance to win."
Despite the fact that he is a freshman, Williams has quickly built himself the reputation as a reliable pitcher, and a man the Bisons can turn to with the confidence that he has the ability to defeat any opponent.
Williams can be at times dominating, which he proved in a recent game at Charleston Southern. He entered the game with the Bisons trailing by three in the fourth inning. Williams pitched the final five frames of the game giving up just four hits and no runs. The Bisons lost the game 3-1, but Williams did his job keeping his team in the game.
"His success has come from listening, learning, and putting full trust in his pitching coach Lantz Wheeler," Terracuso said. "Coach Wheeler makes a pitch selection and it is Charles' job to execute it. Case Closed!"
This is what Williams has done for the Bisons, game after game, this season. His calm-demeanor and quite confidence are a reassuring presence for the Bisons. Whether he is starting or relieving, the Bisons' know they will always be in the ballgame.
In only his first season, Williams has shown the Bisons that he is not just any other freshman. And when the 2006 baseball season concludes and ten Bisons' Lipscomb baseball careers reach their end, fans can rest easy because one never knows just how big an impact a freshman player can make.
By: Krissy Wade