Walter on Willson
"Chris has the potential to be a front of the rotation power arm. He missed most of last year and this summer with a back injury, but he is healthy now and is in great shape. Early in the season he will pitch out of the bullpen, but by the time conference play starts he should be a starter."
2012 (Redshirt Freshman) Appeared 12 times and made four starts on the mound ... Went 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA ... Struck out 28 batters in 28.1 innings of work ... Went a season-high 6.0 innings in a win over Georgia Southern (3/13), striking out a season-best six batters and giving up just two earned runs ... Picked up his first win of the season in 5.0 innings of work vs. Eastern Michigan (3/4) and struck out five batters ... Also earned a win vs. Charlotte (5/15), going 2.0 innings and striking out four batters.
2011 (Freshman) Began the year as Wake Forest's starter before missing the last two and half months due to injury ... Made six appearances, five of which were out of the bullpen ... Recorded two saves ... Made his collegiate debut at LSU on February 20, pitching an inning of scoreless action and striking out two batters ... Earned his first career save against Minnesota on February 25 in an inning of work, striking out two ... Recorded his second save of the season in his next appearance against Georgetown on February 27 ... Ended the season with 5.0 innings pitched, eight strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA.
Ranked 234th in the country by Perfect Game ... Three-year letterwinner at St. Paul High School ... Selected to the 2009 Area Code Games ... Invited to participate in the 2009 MLB Southwest All-Star Game ... Named First Team All-League and All-Area in 2009 ... Received 2008-09 All-League Scholar Athlete for baseball ... Hit .325 with six home runs and 23 RBIs during 2009 season ... Also a four-year letterwinner on the football team where he is the team captain in 2009 ... Named All-League Scholar Athlete in football from 2007-09 ... Named to Principal's Honor Roll with Distinction in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Born November 8, 1991 ... Son of Jim and Sue Willson ... Mother played softball, tennis and basketball at Eckerd College, while father was a four-year letterman in football at Denison University.