Matt Scheerer: July 2012 Archives


As you may recall, former Huskie Jake Hermsen became the first NIU baseball player drafted by a Major League Baseball club since 2008 on June 6th. Since then, Hermsen has made five appearances and starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie League affiliate, Ogden Raptors.

The New London, Wis., native currently owns an 0-2 record and has pitched 24.1 innings this season. However, his record on the mound is not what's turning heads thus far into his Minor League Baseball career. 

In his five starts, Hermsen has only allowed 22 hits, 14 strikeouts, six walks and has only surrendered 10 runs, six of which have been earned. He is second on the team in earned run average (2.22) amongst pitchers with two or more starts (leader has 0.82 in 11 IP) and owns an impressive walks and hits per inning (WHIP) average of 1.15.

Hermsen was drafted in the 28th round by the Dodgers (866th overall) this season, becoming the first Huskie drafted since Bobby Stevens (Baltimore Oriorles, 16th round) and Trevor Feeney (Detroit Tigers, 31st round) were drafted in the 2008 MLB Draft.

Which leads to a perfect segway into the second half of this Huskies Happening.

Stevens, who appeared in NIU games from 2006-08, made his Rookie League debut in 2008 after being drafted and worked his way up through the Orioles farm system, beginning the 2012 season in Triple-A Norfolk, where he played in three games.

After being released by the Baltimore High-A club Fredrick Keys, he was signed by the Lynchburg Hillcats in the same league (Carolina) and has made 14 appearances this season for the team. At the plate he is batting .167 with a home run and five RBI, however, he is batting a combined .246 with his four combined teams during the 2012 season. In his 12 games in the outfield, he has eight putouts and three assists in 12 chances (1 error, .917 fielding percentage).


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Football season is just around the corner - in both the United States and in many places around the world, including the United Kingdom - Though the version we are used to in the states is a little different to those abroad. 

With training camp and friendly matches currently underway in England, there's a lot of news to be posted on the professional clubs websites. For Huddersfield Town, a team that recently gained promotion to England's second tier of football (one division lower than Manchester United or reigning champions Manchester City), there's a lot of news to share with transfer news (the free agency market) and of general stories for the upcoming season.

As you might remember in May, The Daily Chronicle wrote a story on junior-to be Amy Carr and her plans for the summer, that included a trip to South Africa where she taught the beautiful game to underprivileged youth in the country. While in South Africa, she also enjoyed the sites of the country and went on safari during her last week in the country. Needless to say, it had to have been the experience of a lifetime.

If you ask Amy what her favorite club is, she will promptly tell you that it is Huddersfield Town and the passion for the club runs through the family as her father is huge supporter of the club. When Carr went on her trip and solicited donations online for her trip to benefit the youth, the Terriers donated jerseys to the kids for Amy to distribute to first year students at the Cape Town's Observatory Junior School.

Huddersfield Town featured the story on its website and interviewed Amy to recall her experience of delivering the kits

In her two seasons at Northern Illinois, Carr has logged 35 career starts in 37 careers caps with a career goals against average 1.46 and nine carer clean sheets, third-most in program history. Before she came to Northern Illinois, she played with Reading FC and Chelsea FC's women's teams and was selected to represent England at the FIFA U17 World Cup in New Zealand.

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