TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. – The Northwood University baseball team placed seven players on the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) team, the league announced Wednesday night (May 8).
Senior starting pitcher Max Bain, senior relief pitcher Lennon Gwizdala, senior catcher/outfield Nick Palmer and junior first baseman/outfielder David Vinsky all earned First Team All-GLIAC honors. Senior shortstop Colin McClelland was Second Team All-GLIAC, while junior outfielder/infielder Cole Brooks and junior relief pitcher Peter Joseph were named Honorable Mention.
This is the first time in Bain's career he has earned All-GLIAC honors. He is 7-2 overall with a 3.76 ERA for the Timberwolves this season. Bain currently ranks sixth in the league in wins, second in complete games (4) and shutouts (2) and fourth in strikeouts. He tossed the second no-hitter in school history at Parkside April 6.
Gwizdala earned First All-GLIAC for the second straight season. He currently leads the GLIAC with eight saves. Overall this season, Gwizdala is 2-2 with a 2.89 ERA. Gwizdala holds both the saves in a season (13) and in a career (28) record at Northwood. He now has seven more saves than any other pitcher in school history.
Palmer had a breakthrough season for the Timberwolves, setting career-highs across the board offensively. He is currently batting .376 with nine home runs and 56 RBIs. Palmer currently leads the GLIAC in RBIs while standing second in doubles (18) and total bases (116). His 56 RBIs this season are the second-most in school history.
Vinsky turned in his third straight First Team All-GLIAC season with another big season at the plate. He enters the post-season hitting .388 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs. Vinsky is currently the GLIAC leader in runs (66), hits (73), home runs and total bases (124) while ranking second in average, on-base percentage (.493) and slugging percentage (.660).
McClelland was named Second Team All-GLIAC for both years of his career at Northwood. He is currently batting .352 with three home runs and 29 RBIs. Despite missing six games this season due to injury, McClelland currently ranks fifth in the GLIAC in doubles (15), eighth in runs (42), ninth in walks (25) and ninth in on-base percentage (.446).
Brooks had an outstanding first season for Northwood, ending the regular season hitting .323 with seven home runs and 49 RBIs. He currently ranks third in the GLIAC in runs (50), fifth in hits (61), third in RBIs (49) and sixth in total bases (100). Brooks was Second Team All-GLIAC in his freshman season while a player at Saginaw Valley.
After a limited role last season out of the bullpen, Joseph became one of Northwood's top performers out of the pen this season. He is currently 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 appearances for the Timberwolves Joseph has 33 strikeouts in just 27 innings of work for Northwood this season.
Northwood enters the GLIAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed for the event and as the fourth ranked team in the Midwest Region. The Timberwolves will face fourth-seeded Davenport Thursday night (May 9) in Traverse City at 6 p.m.