Northwood Baseball Team Completes Banner Year

Pitcher Cody Faulkner threw a World Series no-hitter, the first since 1992.

This was a season like none other for Northwood’s gritty baseball team.  Consider:

  • The team made its first ever appearance in the AVISTA-NAIA World Series
  • Shortstop Elvin Rodriguez was only the second player in school history to be named an NAIA first-team All-American
  • Pitcher Cody Faulkner threw a World Series no-hitter – the first since 1992 and only the fourth in the event’s 57-year history
  • Northwood was conference champion in its final year in the Red River Athletic Conference and won its Regionals tournament in Hattiesburg, MS
  • The team wound up the year with a stellar 44-13 record and is ranked #6 nationally in the NAIA Baseball Coaches Post-Season Top 25 Poll      

“We knew we had the makings of a good team back in the fall,” head coach Jeremy Kennedy said.  “The kids worked hard and maximized the opportunity.  I am extremely proud of not just what they accomplished, but the way they went about doing it.”

The trip to Lewiston, Idaho, for the AVISTA-NAIA World Series was really the icing on the cake, Kennedy added.

“Getting to Idaho is difficult,” he said.  “Only ten teams make it, and lots of really good teams are left at home.  This was our first trip, but we don’t want it to be our last.  It will be our goal every year to do everything we can to play in Idaho in late May.”

Beginning next year the Knights will begin playing in the competitive Sooner Athletic Conference.

“The Sooner will be tough for not just baseball, but all our sports,” Northwood Athletics Director Jack Allday added.  “But we’ll be ready.”


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