Freshman Focus: Meet the 2018-19 rookies of Northwestern baseball

By Andre Toran
Medill Reports

March 7 – Episode two of Freshman Focus brings you freshman IF/OF Shawn Goosenberg. The California native talks about his commitment to Northwestern University, baseball and his decision to become a Wildcat.

Goosenberg felt he fit within Northwestern’s culture and loves the opportunities the university offers for student athletes to succeed beyond athletics once they graduate.

Northwestern Head Baseball Coach Spencer Allen emphasizes how valuable a grab Goosenberg is for the freshman class, raving about the player’s instincts and versatility.

Photo at top: Northwestern’s Shawn Goosenberg (left) lines up his defense in a matchup with Georgia Tech. (Carolyn Katz/Carolyn Katz Photography)

Feb. 1 – This is the first episode of Freshman Focus, a Medill Reports audio series highlighting the newcomers to the Northwestern University baseball team. In this kick-off profile, meet freshman catcher Michael Trautwein, a legacy player for the Wildcats.

Michael Trautwein
Northwestern catcher Michael Trautwein stands between pitches in a game vs. University of California, Berkeley.

Though Trautwein’s father attended and played for the university in the early ‘80s, Michael plans to establish his own footsteps and hopes to etch a legacy that makes his name synonymous with Northwestern baseball.

Wildcats’ assistant coach Dusty Napoleon – who works primarily with the catchers – chimes in about the team’s expectations for Michael and more.