The Baldwin Wallace University baseball program has been one best in the Ohio Athletic Conference, Mideast Region of Division III and all of NCAA Division III. Last year's team success was evidence of that fact.
The program entered a new era in 2010-2011 when Head Coach Brian Harrison took over for the legendary Bob Fisher, who retired in 2010 after 42 seasons as head coach and 700 victories.
With Harrison at the helm, BW has won 210 games in the past eight seasons, captured its first OAC Tournament title since 1985 and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament three times and to the NCAA Division III World Series once. During the past seven seasons, Harrison's teams have 193 wins.
A year ago, Harrison's Yellow Jackets set a single-season school-record with 33 victories, compiled a 33-14 record, won the prestigious OAC Tournament title by outscoring its three opponents by a combined score of 56-19 and advanced to the 2018 NCAA Division III National Tournament where they finished fourth at the New York Regional.
In just his fourth season at BW in 2013-2014, Coach Harrison guided the Yellow Jackets to a 30-20 record, the 2014 NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region title and its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III World Series. BW finished fifth at the World Series.
A year later, Harrison's team produced a 31-12 record and again advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and into the New York Regional.
"Our goals never change," said Harrison, who won his 200th game at BW last spring. "We strive each year to win the NCAA Division III World Series, the Mideast Region and the OAC titles while having a great deal of fun.
"We ask our young men to make their academic success their main priority and baseball and all other extracurricular activity follows," said Harrison, who had nine of his student-athletes named Academic All-OAC this spring, including second baseman Spencer Badia '18 (Bellaire) who earned CAPITAL ONE Academic All-America honors as a junior in 2016-2017. "We are extremely proud of the success of our student-athletes both on and off the field."
"Each year, we look forward to competing in the nation's finest NCAA Division III conference for baseball -- the OAC," said Harrison. "We are looking forward to another outstanding season in 2018-2019."
BW Baseball Special Awards
- Academic All-District IV Selections
- All-Mideast Region Selections
- Outstanding Freshman Award
- Gold Glove Award
- Yellow Jacket Award
- Big Stick Award
- Outstanding Pitcher Award
- Guy Fisher Award