The NIU baseball program has had many a great leaders in the dugout. Young men that have led vocally, through character and with their performance on the field. But it's not every season you have a young man that brings all three to the diamond every game at Ralph McKinzie Field. The Huskies have one in 2015. His name is Gavin.
Week 2 of the NIU Baseball Podcast, where Head Coach Ed Mathey and Assistant Media Relations Director Matt Scheerer discuss all things NIU Baseball. This week, Mathey reviews the Huskies trip to Arizona and shares his thoughts on the series with Minnesota.
The NIU Baseball Podcast returns in 2014 for its second season, talking all things NIU baseball with Head Coach Ed Mathey and assistant media relations director Matt Scheerer. Join Ed and Matt as they discuss the upcoming series with Minnesota, preview the 2014 team and some of the happenings in the program.
Pictures from the Huskies series vs Minnesota at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Photos by Vince Schmidt, 108-365
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): • Appeared in 49 games, making 41 starts between the outfield and first base • Hit .250 with seven doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI; also totaled a .337 on-base percentage • One of the Huskies hottest players in May, finishing with a .484 batting average and a 1.271 on-base plus slugging percentage (.529 OBP) • Reached base on six-straight plate appearances at Kent State, recording four hits and two walks (May 3-4); finished series 4-for-6 with two walks, two home runs, four RBI, and two runs • Ended the season on an eight-game hitting streak, NIU's second-longest of the year • Recorded 12 multi-hit games, including three three-hit games • Carried a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage 201 chances, fifth most on the team; turned 10 double plays including a 3-5-1 in the fourth inning versus Ball State (May 16) • Went 2-for-2 with three RBI, a double and a run in the ninth inning in a 9-8 rally loss to Missouri State (Feb. 21) • Drove in four runs in a 2-for-2, one double, three walk effort at Bowling Green (March 28) • Hit two homers and was 3-for-3 with four RBI to lead NIU over Kent State, 6-5 (May 3)
2013 SEASON (FRESHMAN): • Appeared in 38 games, starting 24 times in the outfield • Tallied his first hits as a Huskie, a pair of singles, at Nevada (Feb. 24) • Recorded two walks versus Utah (March 1) • Hit a single and scored at Murray State (March 13) • Smashed a double and drove in two runs at Belmont (March 17) • Turned the same trick versus UW-Milwaukee (April 3) • Hit his second of two doubles for the season versus Bradley (April 16) • Went two-for-four with an RBI at UIC (May 1) • Got a hit in NIU's MAC Tournament game versus Buffalo (May 23).
ST. LAURENCE HIGH SCHOOL: • Two-year varsity letterman • Team finished 30-7 in 2012 and 29-7 in 2011 • Won back-to-back regional championships with the Vikings • Conference champions in 2011 • Team captain and MVP in senior year • First team All-Chicago Catholic League and second team Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Reporter • Chicago Catholic League All-Star Game participant • Stole 43 bases in 49 attempts during career (23-for-27 in 2011) • Batted .345 with 15 doubles, 38 runs, 24 RBI, 18 walks and 11 HBP during senior season • Carried a slugging percentage of .543 in 2012 (15 doubles, one triple, two home runs) • Hit .330 in junior season
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: • Son of Dawn and Mike • Four-year member of school's honor roll • An Illinois State Scholar, receiving distinction for his outstanding academic achievement (2012) • Member of the National Honor Society • Won a gold medal in Life Sciences during senior year • Participated in St. Laurence Forum and Peer Mediation clubs in high school • Lists Josh Hamilton as his favorite baseball player because of the obstacles he's overcome and his respect for the game • Plans on majoring in Business
CAREER HIGHS ENTERING 2015 SEASON: At-bats: 6 (two times) last versus Akron (May 9, 2014) Hits: 3 (three times) last versus Ball State (May 16, 2014) Walks: 3 at Bowling Green (March 28, 2014) Runs: 2 (two times) last at Kent State (May 3, 2014) RBI: 4 at Bowling Green(March 28, 2014)