Records come and records go, but for Tim Jorgensen a few NCAA Division III marks that he established while playing baseball for UW-Oshkosh may stand forever as they appear to be chiseled in stone.
Jorgensen, who played for the Titans from 1992 to 1995, epitomized raw power. His 162-game playing career at UW-Oshkosh featured a NCAA Division III-record 70 home runs. It also included 234 hits in 563 at-bats for a .416 batting average, 237 runs batted in, 200 runs scored, 33 doubles and nine triples.
Jorgensen’s career accomplishments helped UW-Oshkosh register an impressive four-year run. During that time the Luxemburg-Casco High School graduate helped the Titans fashion a 144-32 record, capture one NCAA Division III title, advance to four NCAA Division III World Series and claim four WIAC crowns.
Jorgensen, who joins his brother, Terry, as a member of the UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame, began to make a name of his own in his first season with the Titans. Jorgensen helped UW-Oshkosh in 1992 to a 36-8 record, a WIAC championship and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division III World Series by hitting .394 with six home runs, 43 runs scored and 35 runs batted in.
In 1993, Jorgensen battled through an injury-plagued season to help the Titans to a 28-15 record, a WIAC championship and a second-place finish at the NCAA Division III World Series. Playing in just 30 games, he hit .260 for UW-Oshkosh with two home runs and 17 runs batted in.
Jorgensen returned at full strength for the 1994 season and teamed with current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Jarrod Washburn to lead the Titans to a 41-4 record, another WIAC championship and the NCAA Division III title. Jorgensen was named the 1994 NCAA Division III Player of the Year after hitting .455 with 23 home runs, 64 runs batted in and 58 runs scored. Following the NCAA Division III World Series, Jorgensen decided not to sign a professional contract after being selected in the 28th round of MLB’s Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres.
Jorgensen’s return for the 1995 season resulted in leading UW-Oshkosh to a 39-5 record, another WIAC championship and a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III World Series. Jorgensen repeated as the NCAA Division III Player of the Year that season after hitting .491 with a NCAA Division III record 39 home runs, a NCAA Division III record 121 runs batted in and 83 runs scored. In all, he established eight NCAA Division III season records, including six grand slams.
On May 14, 1995, Jorgensen went to Tiedemann Field for a doubleheader against UW-Eau Claire. About five hours later, Jorgensen exited the ballpark with six homers and 16 runs batted in to lead the Titans to the WIAC title. In an 18-7 win in the nightcap, Jorgensen completed the rarest of cycles by hitting a solo home run, a two-run home run, a three-run home run and a grand slam. His four home runs in that game tied a NCAA Division III record.
Following the 1995 season, the Cleveland Indians drafted Jorgensen in the eighth round of Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft. He signed with the Indians a few days later and played in the organization for the next several seasons.
Jorgensen lives in Green Bay with his wife, Ragan. The 1997 UW-Oshkosh graduate is employed by Associated Bank in Green Bay as its assistant vice president for business banking. He also serves as the head baseball coach at Ashwaubenbon High School.