Schedule note: Game will be played at Southeast Polk H.S., Pleasant Hill, IA
Northwestern (17-4) faces Viterbo (8-7) today at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa in a doubleheader starting at 4:00pm. Northwestern dropped their last game against Augustana 16-5 while Viterbo has lost their last four games after an 8-3 start.
Viterbo currently is hitting 0.286 and has scored 75 runs in 15 games (5.0 runs per game). The V-Hawks are led by Matt Watkins who has a team best 0.444 average, 12 runs scored, six doubles, nine RBI, and four stolen bases. Shea Coates has five doubles and eight RBI to go with a 0.389 average. Taylor Reinhardt (0.440), Luigi Dolenti (0.348), and Steve Pascual (0.326) are all north of 0.300 offensively.
The V-Hawk starting pitching is anchored by Ben O'Reilly. O'Reilly (2-1) has made three starts and has a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings. He has struck out 13 and walked six. Evan Taylor (2-1, 4.37 ERA) has also made three starts while Robert Covarrubias (1-1, 4.50 ERA) leads the staff with four starts. Colton Andresen (0-1, 3.38 ERA) has been the main reliever out of the pen, making six appearances and collecting one save.
The Red Raiders are currently hitting 0.318 with 143 runs scored in 21 games (6.8 runs per game). Northwestern has very good balance on offense with seven starters above 0.300. Tony Schultz leads Northwestern with a 0.410 batting average. Micah Linn has a team best 22 runs scored. Skyler Wheeler leads NWC with ten doubles. Cody Groskreutz has a team high four triples and 25 RBI. Mitch Peschon leads the offense with four home-runs and also with nine stolen bases.
Josh Turner leads the Red Raider pitching staff with 31 strikeouts and is tied with Matt Piocos with four wins. Turner is 4-0 this season with one save and 1.99 ERA. Piocos is currently 4-1 in five starts with a 2.43 ERA. Ryan Brasser has made four starts and is 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA. Tyler Stuerman is currently 1-0 with two saves and a 3.29 ERA. Isaac Horigan has made four starts and is 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA. The Raider staff has a 4.49 team ERA.
Northwestern is next scheduled to take on Waldorf on Tuesday in Forest City.
# 12 | Outfield
Senior from Spirit Lake, Iowa
# 3 | Catcher
Senior from West Salem, Wis.
# 32 | Pitcher
Junior from Ventura, Calif.
# 18 | First Base
Senior from Chehalis, Wash.