Athletes in Action

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The greatest season in Northwood baseball history culminated with the Timberwolves winning the 2017 conference championship and finishing the year ranked No. 8 in the nation.

In all, 41 team and player records were broken, and several individuals earned regional and national honors. Head coach Jordan Bischel was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Coach of the Year and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Midwest Coach of the Year. Bischel is the first coach in program history to earn either award.

On the field, three Northwood players were named All-Americans. David Vinsky, a freshman outfielder from Farmington Hills, Mich., became the first Northwood baseball player to earn first team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He also earned second team honors from the Conference Commissioners Baseball Team Surges to National Prominence Association (CCA), first team All- Midwest Region honors, was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year award and was the GLIAC Freshman of the Year. Vinsky led the country in hits and doubles, and set new school records in hits, batting average, runs batted in, doubles, extra base hits, and total bases.

Tyler Jandron, a junior pitcher from Negaunee, Mich., earned second team All-America honors from both the ABCA and CCA and was named the Pitcher of the Year in both the GLIAC and the Midwest Region. Jandron was also a finalist for the Brett Tomko Division II Pitcher of the Year award and was a first team All- Midwest Region selection. Jandron broke school records for wins, strikeouts, winning percentage, and shutouts.

Connor Foley, a senior outfielder from Bay City, Mich., earned third team ABCA All-America honors and became the first Northwood baseball player to earn Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. Foley was first team All-GLIAC, first team All-Midwest Region, and a recipient of the 2017 GLIAC Commissioner’s Award.

It was Northwood’s first GLIAC regular season championship, first GLIAC Tournament championship, and first top 25 national ranking. And by earning the No. 1 ranking in the Midwest Region for the first time, Northwood was the host of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament