April 5, 2013
Northwood’s surging 2013 baseball team, which has barely hit a bump in the road on the way to a 30-7 season record, is now ranked fourth nationally in the NAIA Coaches Poll released April 2. The Knights had been ranked #10 but jumped six spots after taking two out of three from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in a hard-fought series played last weekend, March 29 and 30, at Knights Field.
April brought more good news for the Knights as junior Cody Gray was named Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Pitcher of the Week. Gray, originally from Arizona, is now 8-1 on the year. The right-handed pitcher has struck out 47 while holding opponents to a .240 batting average.
“Cody has been solid all year,” commented pitching coach Teddy Nowell. “Every time we run him out there, we know we have a good chance to win.”
His team has worked hard to achieve a top five national ranking, according to Head Coach Jeremy Kennedy. “The guys have had a great approach all year,” Kennedy said. “They have earned this.”
In taking the rubber game of the LSU Shreveport series on Saturday, second baseman Isaac Maturino hit the first pitch he saw for a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning. The round tripper, hit with Joee Reyna on second, propelled the Knights to a critical 5-3 win over the always rough Pilots.
Northwood beat Arlington Baptist College 9-1 in a non-conference game played in wet conditions April 2 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.
This weekend, April 5 and 6, the Knights travel to Muskogee, OK, for a critical three-game series against Bacone College. Bacone is currently atop the RRAC rankings, a half game ahead of Northwood.
“We have another great challenge this weekend,” Coach Kennedy states. “Bacone has a very good team and it should be fun.”