- 2018 Record: 37-22 (18-12 Conference)
- Head Coach: Bobby Barbier
- Best Batter: David Fry (.336 Batting Average)
- Best Fielder: David Fry (499 Putouts)
- Best Pitcher: Jerry Maddox (2.03 ERA)
Heading into the season, Northwestern State University did not have many people convinced that they would be making a postseason run. After a 20-win season in 2017, experts in the Southland Conference had predicted an 11th place finish for the Demons. This is 3rd from last, for those curious.
Fast forward three months and Northwestern State has far exceeded expectations. The Demons finished the year at 37-22 with a conference record of 18-12 which was good enough for 3rd overall in the conference. Following the season, NSU rolled through and won the Southland tournament in order to clinch the conference’s automatic bid.
NSU began their conference play at 4-5, then proceeded to go 14-7 over the next 21 conference games. In addition, NSU boasted a stronger record at home, going 19-9 at home versus 14-13 on the road. So, heading into regionals, this team has been on a hot streak as of lately, including games in the Southland tournament against quality teams such as Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana.
The Demons boasted solid pitching numbers, which has driven the success of this team. NSU sits at a 3.33 ERA while allowing an opposing batting average of .245. Meanwhile, on the offensive side, this Northwestern team has compiled a .271 average in addition to 321 RBI’s. So this team has been able to get it done throughout the entire season, but you can’t forget that this was against much smaller competition.
Now, as well as Northwestern State played throughout the season, the team has struggled against P5 teams, including squads such as LSU, Texas A&M, and Nebraska. While NSU has played very well against small schools, it is quite apparent that this team has not played anyone close to the level of Oregon State this season. This could come back to haunt them, as they are about to step into a whole new level of competition in this Corvallis regional.
In conclusion, it may be easy to look past Northwestern State based on their “FCS level” schedule and lack of quality play for P5 teams, but the Demons can’t be ignored or they could surprise an unsuspecting team in regionals. Pat Casey will almost certainly have the Beavers focused for each game, but you can’t take any matchup for granted. Especially not against the Southland Conference Champions.
Number To Know: 2
Northwestern State won 2 games out of the 7 possible games against FBS teams. This does not include a canceled game against Nebraska.
History Against Oregon State:
Northwestern State has never played Oregon State before. Friday’s matchup will be the first-ever matchup against the Beavers and the Demons.
Game Against OSU
Friday, June 1st. 7:00 PM PT at Goss Stadium for Game 2 of Regionals
Corvallis Regional Team Previews