MIDLAND, MICH. – The Northwood University baseball team has announced their schedule for the 2019 season.
A trio of road trips prior to conference play and a pair of games at professional venues highlight the slate.
"We've been able to do some different things with our schedule this year than in years past," said first year Northwood head coach Jake Sabol. "Playing every weekend early should get our guys and our coaching staff acclimated more towards conference play and how our weekends are set up."
The Timberwolves will open the year February 15 for a four-game series at Carson-Newman. That starts a stretch of three road trips to open the year, as Northwood will play four opponents at Glenville State February 23-24 before facing Ohio Dominican in a neutral site three game set March 2-3. NU will then head to Florida for their annual spring break trip for eight games March 9-15. The Timberwolves will take on defending national champion Augustana March 11 during their time in Florida.
NU will begin Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at Purdue Northwest March 22-24. The GLIAC schedule is set up the same as last year: teams will play four games in three days – one nine-inning game Friday, two seven-inning games Saturday and one nine-inning game Sunday.
After 23 straight games away from Midland, the Timberwolves will play their first home game of the year March 27 against Rochester. NU will then host Wayne State March 29-31 for their home GLIAC opener. From March 27-May 5, Northwood will play 14 home games.
"We will be tested early playing our first twenty-three games on the road against some high quality opponents," said Sabol. "This type of schedule always presents a challenge that we look forward to embracing as we understand how it can prepare us for the GLIAC season and for what may potentially come afterwards."
Starting April 16, Northwood will play two games in professional stadiums in seven days. The Timberwolves will play rival Saginaw Valley April 16 at Dow Diamond, home of the Great Lakes Loons. Then on April 23, Northwood will travel to the home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park, to take on Madonna.
"Being able to set up non-conference games at Dow Diamond and Comerica Park against in-state opponents will be great experiences not only for our team, but will also provide some great exposure for our university and hopefully will allow us to reconnect with some of our alumni in those areas," said Sabol.
Northwood has won back-to-back GLIAC Championships and GLIAC Tournament Championships. The Timberwolves have posted a combined record of 84-29 over the past two years.