Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University baseball team will begin
the season at 1 p.m. Thursday with a home game against Wisconsin-Parkside
at the Bill Aker Baseball Complex at Friendship Field.
The Norse will
also be in action Saturday when defending regional champion Grand
Valley State visits Highland Heights, Ky., for a doubleheader at
noon. Those games were originally scheduled for Champion Window
Field in Florence, Ky., but were moved back to the NKU campus for
this weekend only.
All other NKU
home games will be played at Champion Window Field this season,
with a March 4 contest against Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
marking the opening game for the Norse in their new venue.
Field is also the home for the Florence Freedom of the Frontier
here for directions to the facility.
State is ranked No. 8 nationally in one preseason poll, and the
Lakers are seeking their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division
II World Series. A year ago, Grand Valley State posted a 36-17 record.
with a 31-26 overall record last season and was 22-14 in the Great
Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse are picked to finish third in
the 2006 GLVC preseason poll behind defending league champion Wisconsin-Parkside
and Saint Joseph’s.
Conor McGeehan received All-GLVC accolades and second team All-North
Central Region honors last season. McGeehan batted .295 with six
home runs and 27 runs batted in. He is also one of the top defensive
catchers in the GLVC.
a junior shortstop, was also named All-GLVC and All-North Central
Region. He finished the season with a .322 batting average, 23 stolen
bases and 12 RBI for the Norse. Sophomore left fielder Josh Moulton
earned first team All-GLVC honors and batted .366 with three triples