Thimesch nears Drury hits record

INDIANAPOLIS – The honors continue to roll in for Nick Thimsech.

And more records are soon to fall.

The Drury University senior outfielder was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week Tuesday after helping the Panthers to a perfect 7-0 mark.

The 2010 Marshalltown High School graduate hit .522 for the week with 12 hits, nine RBIs, seven runs scored, six stolen bases, two doubles, a walk and was hit by a pitch twice. In extending his hitting streak to 19 games, the former Bobcat had a .652 slugging percentage and a .607 on-base percentage.

The 2013 first team all-ABCA/Rawlings Midwest Region honoree already eclipsed the program’s single-season stolen bases mark (19) with 28 steals in 30 attempts and enters Friday’s doubleheader at the University of Missouri-St. Louis just two hits shy of the career record 286 set by Joe Rohlfing (2007-10).

Thimsech is also just eight hits behind the season-best total (82) he established as a junior and is on his way toward topping the school’s best single-season batting average (.404) with a current mark of .474. Thimesch’s recent surge includes a 3-for-7 outing in two wins at Missouri S&T before combining for 9-of-16 at the plate in a four-game sweep at Rockhurst, which included a 3-for-4, four-RBI effort in Friday’s nightcap.

With eight regular-season games remaining for the Panthers (31-9, 22-4 GLVC), the 2010 T-R All-Area Baseball Player of the Year could also chase down records in career batting average, season and career at-bats and season and career total bases as well as the 26-game hitting streak set by Rohlfing in 2008-09.

Regardless of what the final numbers read, Thimesch has had an immeasurable impact on the program.

“Nick’s going to leave here our most successful player and our best player of all time,” Drury coach Scott Nasby said in a phone interview with the T-R Wednesday. “He brought us knowledge of the game, good work ethic and immediate skills.”

The Panthers currently sit atop the GLVC West Division and are coming off the school’s second NCAA Division II postseason tournament appearance in school history.