2019 Northwood Preview

Coming off back-to-back GLIAC and GLIAC Tournament Championship seasons, the expectations are high once again for the Northwood University baseball team. The Timberwolves finished the 2018 season 38-16 overall, winning both the GLIAC and GLIAC Tournament Championships. Over the past two seasons, Northwood has gone 84-29 overall. First year head coach Jake Sabol (67-59 career record) inherits a team that has a lot of experience but also has holes to fill.

David Vinsky, who has hit .428 over his first two years while slugging .643, will once again lead the Timberwolves offense. He will see time at first base and the outfield this season. Travis Janes has been NU’s starter in centerfield the last two years and is poised for a big junior season. Nick Palmer hit seven home runs and had 13 doubles, while Collin McClelland led the team with 10 home runs at 54 RBIs from the shortstop position. McClelland’s double play partner, Kyle Ziegler, has been a two-year starter for the Timberwolves up the middle. Other key position players back include Keaton Sackett, Michael Karam, Miles Hardy and Chris Clark.

The pitching staff will have some big shoes to fill with the graduation of All-GLIAC and All-Region performers Tyler Jandron and Ian Dimitrie. Even with their losses, the Timberwolves bring back key pitcher from last season led by reliever Lennon Gwizdala. He had four wins and 13 saves while pitching 45 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Max Bain mad the transition from the bullpen to the rotation last season and ended the year 6-0 overall with a 2.78 ERA. Jake Gross made 13 starts a year ago, finishing the year with a 4.08 ERA. Senior Colin Moran was a key man out of the pen a year ago, ranking second on the team in appearances (19).