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Cody Apthorpe

Bowling Green State
Middle Childhood Education


Apthorpe currently holds a 3.784 grade point average in middle childhood education, which is nationally recognized at Bowling Green State University for academic excellence. Last semester, Apthorpe registered a perfect 4.000 GPA, while he was going through a rigorous semester of methods, spending countless hours both teaching and learning in the classroom, on top of his baseball commitment. Currently, Apthorpe is student teaching at Wood Lane, Wood County’s educational center for individuals who are mentally handicapped. He currently spends all day in the classroom before coming to practice during the later afternoon and early evening. Apthorpe was named Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention following the 2013 season.


Apthorpe is a leader for the Falcons, both on and off the field. 2014 marks the third straight season that Apthorpe has served as a captain for the Falcons. He is the first player in Danny Schmitz’s 24-year coaching career at BGSU to be elected a three-time captain by his teammates and coaches. Apthorpe is also just the second player in the 95-year history of the baseball program to serve as a captain three times. Following the 2013 season, Apthorpe received BGSU’s Mr. Falcon award, given to the player that best exemplifies the team motto of “Pride. Attitude. Commitment.” both on and off the field.


Apthorpe has been active in both his hometown community of Windham, Ohio and in the Bowling Green community during his career at BGSU. In the Bowling Green community, Apthorpe has volunteered at events such as the Red Cross Blood Drive, nursing home events, and an annual event at the Bowling Green Senior Center. At the Senior Center, Apthorpe plays bingo and serves meals to the citizens of Bowling Green, Ohio. In Windham, Apthorpe has given back to his community by helping the city with beautification projects such as updating the landscaping around Windham. Apthorpe has also given back to his hometown community by reffing basketball and youth baseball. Apthorpe gave back to Windham High School by volunteering with projects to help renovate the school’s football and baseball fields. In the greater Bowling Green area, Apthorpe has helped advance elementary education by reading to local students on an annual basis.


On top of being a three-time captain, Apthorpe is also the first pitcher under Schmitz to have started three “Opening Day” games for the Falcons during his career. The Friday starter for the Falcons, Apthorpe has been consistent throughout his career. He enters his senior season just three wins shy of cracking into the top 10 for all-time wins on the mound at BG. Additionally, Apthorpe’s 230.0 career innings pitched are 8th-most in school history. He will challenge the school-record for innings pitched by season’s end, and could become the first player in school history to surpass 300.0 career innings. Following last season, Apthorpe was named BGSU’s Comeback Player of the Year, as he had bounced back from a season-ending fractured forearm in his pitching arm the season before. Apthorpe became the first pitcher since 1999 to start 17 games for BGSU last season, leading the Falcons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 14 seasons.