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College  | Story  | 2/6/2024

Conference Preview: Horizon

Tyler Kotila     
2024 College Preview Index | Preseason Top 25 | Preseason Collegiate All-Americans

For all of Perfect Game's conference previews as part of the 2024 college baseball preview content, the 2023 records and all-conference teams are available for free. The conference top prospects and individual team breakdowns can be viewed with a subscription.



2023 Records

Teams are listed in alphabetical order*

School W L W L
Milwaukee 25 32 11 18
Northern Kentucky 30 27 17 13
Oakland 29 31 18 12
Purdue Fort Wayne 13 43 8 22
Wright State 39 23 22 8
Youngstown State 19 36 13 16

Preseason All Conference Team

Pos. Name School Stats/Notes
C Brandon Heidal Oakland Best defensive catcher in HL-- slashed.247/.387/.317 with 10 2Bs, a HR, and 26 RBI. Bat has continued to take strides.
1B Liam McFadden-Ackman Northern Kentucky 2nd Team All-HL in '23 -- slashed .322/.429/.639 with 16 2Bs & 16 HRs, drove in 69 runs. Primed for a big year in '24.
MIF Trey Law Youngstown State 2nd Team All-HL in '23 -- slashed .362/.437/.452 with 18 XBHs, 29 RBI, and swiped 10 bags. Poised for another big year.
MIF John Odom Northern Kentucky 1st Team All-HL in '23 -- slashed .280/.387/.476 with 10 2Bs & 6 HRs with 32 RBI. Returns to NKU infield in '24.
3B Matt Thompson Youngstown State '23 HL Freshman of the Year & '23 HL All-Freshman Team -- slashed .315/.421/.439 with 10 2Bs, 3B, 3 HRs, and 28 RBI.
OF Andrew Patrick Wright State 1st Team All-HL in '23 --Potential POTY in '24 & on draft watch. Slashed .323/.434/.714 with 18 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 20 HRs, 58 RBI in '23.
OF Treyvin Moss Northern Kentucky 2nd Team All-HL in '23 -- slashed .293/.405/.390 with 10 2Bs and 3 3Bs, plus swiped 23 bags. Injury shortened '23, he's healthy for '24.
OF Ben Higgins Purdue Fort Wayne 2nd Team All-HL in '23 -- slashed .290/.361/.523 with 15 2Bs & 10 HRs in '23, while driving in 46 runs for PFW.
DH Julian Greenwell Wright State Former 1st Team All-HL in '22 -- in '23 slashed .300/.390/.582 with 14 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 10 HRs, 39 RBI. 2-way guy but threw only once in '23.
UTL/2W Jay Luikart Wright State 1st Team All-HL in '23 -- slashed .295/.379/.513 with 26 XBHs & also added 5 saves with 20.1 IP over 14 appearances on the mound. 
UTL/2W Brandon Nigh Oakland '22 HL Freshman of the Year. Injuries took some of '23 away, but was 14-28 through final 7 games. Will play IF and close games in '24.
SP Clay Brock Northern Kentucky 1st Team All-HL in '23 -- 4 starts over 7 appearances logging 34.0IP, 4.24 ERA, 8 BBs to 27Ks. Will start on Fridays for NKU in '24.
SP Hunter Pidek Oakland 2nd Team All-HL in '23 -- made 12 starts and logged 71.2 IP in '23 with 4.02 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. OU's ace in '23.
SP Owen Rice Milwaukee Made 5 starts with 2 relief appearances totaling 11.1 IP in '23 with a 4.76 ERA & 14 Ks. Made big strides on the mound, will start on Fridays in '24.
SP Jake Shirk Wright State 1st Team All-HL in '23 -- Potential PiOTY in '24. Made 14 starts in '23, with a 5-4 record over 77.0 IP with 4.68 ERA & 13 BBs to 68 Ks.
RP Brandon Decker Oakland '23 HL Reliever of the Year-- Led HL in saves with 5, also managed 8-3 record with 4.39 ERA with 71 Ks over 69.2IP. Swiss-army knife of OU staff.

Player of the Year: Andrew Patrick, OF, Wright State
Pitcher of the Year: Jake Shirk, RHP, Wright State
Freshman of the Year: Brody Kryzsiak, RHP, Oakland

Top Prospects

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