Saturday, May 27, 2006

One Heck of a Season

ANN ARBOR-For Northwestern baseball, the 2006 season is one Wildcat fans will remember for a long time.

The 'Cats came out of no where and shocked the Big Ten baseball scene by finishing second in the regular season and falling just two games short of hosting the tournament. Their 21-11 record was the most successful season to date under Paul Stevens. They were road warriors as they took three series on the road against Michigan, Iowa and Illinois. They received numerous post season accolades including Pitcher of the Year (Dan Brauer) Coach of the Year (Paul Stevens), 3 1st team All-Big Ten selections (Pat McMahon, Dan Brauer, Antonio Mule), one 2nd team selection (Caleb Fields) and two third team selections (Geoff Dietz and Julio Siberio).

Wow...just wow...

And the most spectacular thing about all of that...Northwestern came into Big Ten play losers of 12 straight games. But, as Paul Stevens told me all week, this was one of the most resiliant teams he had ever coached here at NU.

Congratulations Northwestern baseball for giving the school and your fans one heck of a ride and one heck of season to is to much more success in the coming years. I see no reason why this cannot return to the tournament next year and the years to follow...


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