Baseball prepares for fall games

Head coach Alex Koch shoots for a 19th straight winning season


Photo By Tess Riecke

Baseball warming up behind the Pete Chapman complex before practice last week.

Mason Schweizer, Staff Writer

Although baseball season doesn’t offically start for another five months, the Wayne State Wildcats are getting ready for their fall games.

The Wildcats finished their 2015 season with a record of 27-24, ranking them fifth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. This past season also marks the 18th straight winning season for the program, according to the WSC athletic department.

Outfield MVP Nathan Ackerman will be returning not only as first team all-NSIC, but also a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) all-central region first team and Daktronics/D2SIDA all-central region second team.

John Roberts and his .400 batting average will also be returning. Roberts is also expected to contribute on the mound, as well as junior Kyle Kennebeck and senior Eric Browning, who made second team all-NSIC this past season.

Ten seniors graduated from the program last season, most notably pitcher Dylan McGill, who was also a second team all-NSIC selection for the Wildcats. McGill finished his senior year with a 7-1 record in 11 starts with an earned run average of 3.81.

Although the ten seniors are gone from last year’s team, 16 freshmen will join the Wildcats this season. With these newcomers and a large amount of talent returning, Wayne State can expect a 19th straight winning season in 2016.