Red Raiders Add Two Recruits

Grant Lang (Polk City, Iowa) and Andrew McElmeel (La Vista, Nebraska) have signed a letters of intent to continue their baseball careers at Northwestern beginning in the fall of 2014.

Lang, the son of Matt & Lanette Henningsen and Dave & Cheryl Lang is a 5-10 Pitcher/Catcher from North Polk High School. Lang has twice been named IHSBCA All-State, earning second team honors in 2012 and first team honors in 2013. He has also been a first team All-District player twice. During his career, Lang has hit 0.301 with 15 doubles, two triples, and three home-runs. He has 37 RBI and has scored 14 runs. On the mound, Lang is 15-2 with a 1.29 ERA in 98.67 innings pitched. He has struck out 135 batters and given up 58 hits. North Polk has went 62-10 with Lang as a starter and has finished runner-up twice in the Iowa State Baseball Tournament. 

Lang plans to major in Exercise Science with a career concentration in strength and conditioning.

"We are really excited for Grant to join us," said head coach Brian Wede. "Grant has been a part of some really big games and has won a ton during his career. He has the ability to play a position and pitch at the college level and can be an impact player doing both. He fits our program really well and we are excited to get him on campus and representing the Red Raiders."

McElmeel, the son of Andrew and Mary, is a 5-10 catcher from Gross Catholic in Nebraska. During his career McElmeel has hit 0.278 with seven doubles and five triples in 133 at bats. He was the starting catcher for the Class B third place team in the Nebraska State Tournament. Gross Catholic went 30-14 in 2013. 

McElmeel, a River City Conference Academic All-Conference baseball player and member of the honor roll, plans to major in Actuarial Science while at Northwestern.

"Andrew is a great fit for Northwestern and we are happy he will be joining us," said head coach Brian Wede. "He has had a successful career athletically at Gross and we are anxious to see him focus on baseball and train as only a baseball player while he is here. We are excited to watch him develop and compete as a Red Raider."

The Red Raiders went 31-19 in 2013 winning both the GPAC regular season championship and the GPAC tournament championship. Northwestern was a combined 21-4 against GPAC opponents in 2013. The Red Raiders participated in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round at the Oklahoma City site. Northwestern leads all of Iowa's 25 four year college/university baseball programs with 209 wins in the last seven seasons and also with 124 wins in the past four seasons.