Northwestern College is seeking their second straight berth in the NAIA tournament.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The 20th ranked Northwestern baseball team has been one of the hottest teams in the GPAC all season. This week's SportsFource Champions are hoping their success carries over into their second straight trip to the NAIA national tournament.
The second seed heading into the GPAC postseason tournament, there's no shortage of confidence for Northwestern.
With a near 1-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio their patience has been rewarded with production. The team ranks 11th in the nation in batting average and runs per game.
"Obviously, nobody likes to strikeout," outfielder Mitch Peschon said. "The type of team we want to be is a team that battles with two strikes. We're not going to be an easy out, we're not going to go down looking a lot, we're going to do our best to foul off balls and when we get a pitch to hit in our zone, we're going to try and hammer it."
On the mound they're just as dominant, allowing the third fewest earned runs in GPAC action.
"With the backup we have as far as hitting goes, I mean, we just go out there and know we're going to have good outcomes," pitcher Matt Piocos added.
"You know to have the type of pitching we do on a consistent basis, it's pretty awesome," Peschon continued. "It makes our job pretty easy. We score a few runs and our pitchers go to work and get the job done."
The wins have followed. Earlier this season the Red Raiders won 17 in a row. On three separate occasions they've rattled off six or more wins, including their current seven-game winning streak, all leading to a school record 38 victories.
"It's been awesome. We like to just write the names down on the lineup card and sit back and watch them," Head Coach Brian Wede said. "We've got great senior leadership and this group of guys is a lot of fun to be around."
The Red Raiders play Mount Marty in the first round of the GPAC tournament Thursday in Mitchell, South Dakota. The two squads split during the regular season.
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