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Bowling Green Falcons
Founded: 1915
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University Bowling Green State University
Conference MAC
East Division
Location Bowling Green, OH
Head Coach Danny Schmitz (21st year)
Home Stadium Warren E. Steller Field
(Capacity: 2,500)
Nickname Falcons
Colors Orange and Brown

             

NCAA Tournament Appearances
1972, 1998, 1999
Conference Tournament Champions
1998, 1999
Conference Champions
1972, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009

The Bowling Green Falcons baseball team are the baseball team that represents Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The school's team currently plays in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference in NCAA Division I since 1953. The Falcons have played in two NCAA Tournaments, going in 1972 and 1999. The Falcons have won twelve regular season conference championships (7 NWOIAA, 5 MAC), six East Division championships, and two conference tournament championships.[1] The most recent regular-season championship came in 2009.[2] The 1921 Bowling Green Normals baseball team was the first athletic team at the university to win a title, when they finished 6-1-2 in the Northwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

HistoryEdit

Early YearsEdit

The first baseball team at Bowling Green Normal College was established in 1915 under the guide of head coach F.G. Beyerman and finished their inaugural campaign at 1-3. The program would not reach varsity level until 1918, playing their first game on May 3, 1918 defeating Defiance College 4–3 in 7 innings. The Normals would finish the 1918 season 2-1 defeating Bluffton College 6–5 and losing a rematch with Defiance 13–3.

Bowling Green joined the Northwestern Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1921 and finished the season 6-1-2, good enough to make the Normals NWOIAA champions in their first year in the conference. The 1921 Normals baseball team would be the first athletic program at Bowling Green to win a title of any sort.

Bowling Green would win six more NWOIAA titles (1922, 1925–26, 1928, 1931–32), before deciding to leave the conference and become an independent.

Move to the MACEdit

In 1953, Bowling Green would become a member of the Mid-American Conference, following rival and former NWOIAA conference mate Toledo who joined in 1951. In their first season in the MAC, the Falcons would go 8-6 including a 4-4 conference record which would place them 3rd in the conference. Bowling Green would not win their first MAC crown until 1972 when they posted a 24-12-2 record (6-2-1 MAC) and were invited to the NCAA District IV Tournament. The Falcons would defeat Northern Illinois 2–0 and Central Michigan 7–5 in 10 innings, but fell just short of a birth to the College World Series as they lost 7–2 and 7–5 to Iowa.

Since moving to the MAC, Bowling Green has won six more regular season championships (1995, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2008) and two conference tournament championships (1998–99). The Falcons were the MAC's representative in the 1999 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and were selected to compete as the 4th seed in the Columbus Regional, hosted by Ohio State. The Falcons would go 0-2, losing to 1st seed Ohio State 4–1 and then lost in the loser's bracket 10–5 to the 2nd seed Nebraska.

Danny Schmitz eraEdit

Since 1991, Danny Schmitz has been the head coach of the Bowling Green Falcons having replaced Ed Platzer. In Schmitz's first season as head coach, the Falcons posted a 16-39-1 (7-23) record and finished 9th in the MAC. Schmitz would turn the program around in his fourth season (1994) posting a 29-18 (16-10) record, finishing 3rd in the MAC. He would lead the Falcons to their second MAC crown the following year posting a 34-20 (22-8) record.

Under Schmitz' watch, the Falcons have won five regular-season conference championships, six East Division titles, two conference tournament championships, and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Schmitz is second longest tenured coach in the program's history, only behind Warren E. Steller (31 seasons) and is the programs all-time winningest manager with 489 wins. Schmitz became the program's all-time winningest coach on March 26, 2000 after the Falcons defeated Buffalo 3–2.

Warren E. Steller FieldEdit

Main article: Warren E. Steller Field

Warren E. Steller Field has been home to the Falcons baseball team since 1964. The field is named in honor of Warren E. Steller, a former instructor at the school who coached the school's football (1924–34) and baseball (1925, 1928–59) teams. The stadium is located on the Bowling Green campus, next to BGSU Ice Arena and across the street from Perry Field House.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Falcons. For the full season-by-season history, see Bowling Green Falcons seasons

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Win% = Winning percentage

Records as of the end of the 2011 season.

Season W L T Win% Finish Conf. Tour. NCAA Tour.
2007 22 32 0 .407 6th, East Did not qualify Did not qualify
2008 32 20 0 .615 T-1st, East 1-2 Did not qualify
2009 28 22 0 .560 1st, East 0-2 Did not qualify
2010 31 23 1 .573 T-1st, East 3-2 Did not qualify
2011 20 31 0 .392 T-3rd, East 0-2 Did not qualify

Head coachesEdit

  • Records are through the end of the 2008 Season
Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1915-19211 F.G. Beyerman 5 12-14-2 .464
1922 E.C. Krieger 1 7-1-0 .875
1923 Allen W. Snyder 1 5-3-0 .625
1924 R.B. McCandless 1 2-2-2 .500
1925; 1928-19592 Warren E. Steller 31 221-154-0 .589
1926–1927 Paul Landis 2 14-11-0 .560
1960–1971 Dick Young 12 184-146-6 .557
1972–1982 Don Purvis 11 305-219-6 .581
1983–1990 Ed Platzer 8 202-217-6 .482
1991–Present Danny Schmitz 21 568-517-5 .523
Totals 10 coaches 93 seasons 1520-1284-27 .542
1 - Records for 1916 and 1917 are unknown
2 - Bowling Green did not field teams in 1935 and 1937 due to lack of funds and a playing site


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