SANDUSKY, OHIO – The Northwood University softball team placed five players on the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) team, the league announced Friday (May 4).
The league announced the All-Conference teams between opening round games of the GLIAC Tournament.
Catcher Sydni Culps and outfielder Sydni Pauley both earned First Team All-GLIAC honors, while outfielder Maddie Coulter was placed on the Second Team. First basemen Torriya Gray-Baker and Abby Joseph both were named Honorable Mention.
Culps has posted a breakthrough season for the Timberwolves behind the plate. After having a total of seven at-bats and one hit in her first two years at Northwood, Culps hit .355 with three home runs and 17 RBIs this season. In GLIAC games only, Culps played in 26 of 28 games and batted .371 with two home runs and 12 RBIs.
Pauley is having her second straight big season for Northwood, standing with a .382 average with nine home runs and 33 RBIs. Her nine homers ties her for fourth on the all-time NU single-season list. Pauley stands third in school history with 22 career home runs, 21 of which have come in the last two years. In GLIAC play this year, Pauley has hit .407 with five homers and 22 RBIs.
Coulter has appeared in 25 games this season, batting .318 with two homers and 10 RBIs. In GLIAC play, Coulter hit .352 with a .435 on-base percentage. She had hits in 14 of the 20 conference games she played in this season.
Gray-Baker had a solid season at first base and designated player for Northwood this season, standing with a .307 average with three homers and 22 RBIs. She ranked second on the team with nine homers and third on NU with 22 RBIs.
Joseph has had her best season at Northwood in 2018. She is batting .315 with five homers and 29 RBIs. She ranks second on the team in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage (.488). Joseph entered the season with no home runs and 18 RBIs in her first two years at Northwood.
Northwood finished the regular season 24-21 overall. They will open GLIAC Tournament play later today (May 4) against Davenport.