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Meet NW baseball star, Drew Warren.

POSTED March 25, 2020
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Drew Warren

Northwestern Region 7 Baseball Senior

Signed to play at Southern New Hampshire University, Fall 2020.

How long have you been playing baseball?

I have been playing baseball ever since I can remember. As soon as I could walk, my dad took my brother and I to a field to play.

Do you play any other sports?

I played basketball up until freshman year.

What is it about baseball that made you decide it was your sport?

The reason I chose baseball as my sport was because it gave me a way to separate myself from everyone else and taught me about life. I have such a passion for this sport, that started at a young age, that I put so much of my time into it in order to get better. Baseball has taught me that nothing good in life is free. In order to achieve what you want in life; it takes extreme hard work and passion. Baseball has also taught me to be humble. No matter how good you are, you’re bound to have a bad game. This has taught me to be grateful when I’m playing well, and hopeful when I’m not.

Tell me about your baseball career. First organized, AAU, High School etc.

My first organized baseball game was in T-Ball. I hated it because half the kids ran to third instead of first, and we could only go one base at a time. When I got moved up to play Little League, I started to love baseball. I remember hitting my first home run like it was yesterday. It was in the 10U All-Star game in a tournament in Farmington, CT. I skipped my last year of Little League to play on an AAU team on the 50-70 field. This led into my first year of high school baseball. I made the varsity team as a freshman, and in my first game I hit my first regulation field home run. The opportunity my high school coaches gave me at a young age influenced me to believe I could play at the next level. The summer going into my senior year I was lucky enough to play on a team full of kids getting recruited to play college baseball. This team helped me get looks from SNHU, UHart, CCSU, Fordham, UMass, Post, and Franklin Pierce.

When did you start thinking SNHU was for you? 

The reason I chose SNHU was because the coaches recruited me hard, gave me a great offer, and told me that I have the potential to start right away. They have a great program, ranked in the top ten of the country, that has the power to win a National Championship. I wanted to go somewhere that we were going to win a lot of games, and I was going to a part of it. SNHU has had 12 kids drafted out of their program as well. Overall, I see myself most successful going to SNHU.

What do you think you will major in at SNHU?

I will most likely major in Construction Management at SNHU.

Tell me about the SNHU coaches and what they thought of you. 

The coaches at SNHU were extremely nice. My assistant coach was constantly in contact with me throughout the whole summer. They made an early offer where I was told I would get the opportunity to play right away. After visiting some other schools, and receiving other offers, I decided to go to the place where the coaches saw me for who I saw myself. I am very grateful for the way these coaches recognize me as a player.

Tell me about what it has meant to be a Highlander

Being a Highlander meant a lot. The bonds that have grown between my teammates and myself will be lifelong. For me, being a part of the baseball team was like being a part of a second family. Everyone has each other’s back and are all around positive people. This team has been through tough times in the past few years and were blessed to have such a strong bond throughout it.

Tell me about some of your best moments on the diamond.

One of my favorite baseball moments was when I hit for the cycle and threw a no-hitter in a doubleheader in the summer going into my junior year.

You were recruited as a pitcher, yes?  

I was recruited as a pitcher, but I am going to try to be a two-way player.

Supply me with any stats you want me to know about.

The best high school season I had hitting so far was sophomore year where I batted .400 with 2 home runs. My best high school season I had pithing so far was my junior year where I had a 1.71 ERA and 64 strikeouts. This summer I had my longest streak without giving up a run, which was 24 innings.

What would be your ideal career?

My ideal career is getting drafted out of college, playing a few years in the minors, then going to work in construction.

How will your team look this spring?

The team this year at Northwestern has a lot of potential. We lost a few guys, but there’s a lot of talent in junior and sophomore classes. I think this team has a good chance of going far in states this year.

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