Iron Man: Wilcox among longest active starters in NCAA

Senior infielder Scott Wilcox signs baseballs for fans after WKU’s win against Arkansas State at Nick Denes Field on April 5. (Ian Maule/HERALD)

Billy Rutledge

Senior infielder Scott Wilcox doesn’t have a signature position on the WKU baseball team. He instead epitomizes the meaning of an all-around utility player. The Toppers’ Iron Man has played 34 games  at first base, 44 at second base, six at third base and 73 at shortstop.

Wilcox holds the 11th longest consecutive start streak in all of D-I baseball at 153 games since 2011.

“When you come here you want to say you will play every game for four years but I don’t think you ever really imagine you would start for three years in a row,” Wilcox said. “I try not to think about it too much and – knock on wood – I’ve been lucky enough to stay healthy. I’ve been lucky to have coach (Matt) Myers to be here for three years to help me out and have faith in me and put me in the lineup every day.”

The 5-foot-11-inch Ontario, Canada native is described by one word by his coaches and peers – consistent.

“He always gets good at-bats, he brings it every day, and he doesn’t take a lot of days off,” Coach Matt Myers said.” He’s a blue-collar guy he comes in everyday and does his job; he contributes and stays consistent in everything he does.

“This team looks to Scott when times aren’t going the way they want. Scott is someone who can show you the way and how to get through it by example. He shows people what it takes to be successful every day. He’s a good human being who’s respectful, goes about his business, professional, and understands accountability and responsibility. Scotty wouldn’t be the type of guy who has played in every game and played multiple positions for us if he wasn’t anything but a rock solid person.”

On the field, Wilcox is a player opposing teams despise.

Wilcox’s patience at the plate has led to 119 career walks, which is ranked third about active NCAA players. Only Murray State’s Ty Stetson (130) and Wichita State’s Casey Gillaspie (120) have more walks in their careers.

With a career batting average of .297, 206 hits, 103 runs and 85 RBI’s, Wilcox has been a staple in the WKU lineup and a reason why WKU has found some success in the past three years.

“He’s grown a lot as a person from freshman year,” senior outfielder and teammate of Wilcox for four years David Simmons said. “He has become a leader of this team and always does the right thing. Always playing hard, always doing things for other people. When some underclassmen are stepping out of line he is the first to get them back on track.”

Though Wilcox hopes to continue his consecutive-start streak going, the numbers on the field aren’t what matter to him.

“Nobody is going to remember stats five years down the road they will just remember you as a person,” Wilcox said. “I’ve tried to make an impact both on and off the field and have tried to find a way to give my best to this school that has given me so much.”