25 Matt Jernstad
2007: Won four of his six decisions while ranking second on the team with 13 starts ... Placed seventh in the MAC with 7.43 strikeouts per game and 19th in ERA ... Went 3-1 with a 4.02 ERA in nine MAC starts and fanned 44 in 56.0 innings ... Ranked 10th in the MAC with 7.07 strikeouts per conference game and placed 15th in league ERA at 4.02 ... Limited lefthanded hitters to a .197 average overall, best among NIU's starting pitchers, and a .186 mark during conference play ... Went 2-0 with a 3.25 ERA while striking out 19 against six walks in 27.2 innings over four home starts ... NIU went 9-4 in his 13 starts, tying for the highest victory total among the team's starting pitchers ... Posted a 2-0 record and 4.08 ERA during the season's second half ... Totaled 6.1 innings and allowed nine hits and five earned runs in a loss at Southern Illinois (3/2) ... Earned the win with 5.0 innings, seven strikeouts, three hits and one earned run vs. New Jersey Tech (3/13) ... Worked 5.0 innings with eight hits and five earned runs while fanning four in a no-decision vs. Manhattan (3/17) ... Collected the victory by going 7.0 innings allowing five hits and one earned run with six strikeouts vs. Ohio (3/25) ... Struck out five in 6.0 innings with four hits, two earned runs and one walk in a no-decision at Akron (4/1) ... Fanned six in 4.1 innings with six hits and four earned runs in a no-decision at Kent State (4/8) ... Worked 5.2 innings and struck out five in a no-decision vs. Miami (4/15) ... Struck out two in one inning of relief at Iowa (4/18) ... Allowed six hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts and one walk over 5.2 innings in a no-decision at Central Michigan (4/22) ... Earned the win with 8.0 innings, four hits, one earned run, one walk and six strikeouts while facing just five over the minimum vs. Eastern Michigan (4/28) ... Totaled 7.0 innings, allowing three earned runs with one walk and two strikeouts in a no-decision vs. Western Michigan (5/5) ... Notched the victory with 6.2 innings, three hits, one earned run, seven walks and five strikeouts at Ball State (5/12) ... Worked 5.2 innings with seven hits, five earned runs, six walks and six strikeouts in a no-decision at Toledo (5/18) ... Struck out seven while logging 6.2 innings with nine hits, three earned runs and one walk in a no-decision vs. Miami at the MAC Tournament (5/25) ... Named to the Central Illinois Collegiate League All-Star Game and was a two-time Pitcher of the Week selection during the summer season ... Tied for the CICL lead with five wins, ranked fifth in innings pitched with 55.0, sixth in strikeouts with 47 and seventh in ERA at 3.67 ... Helped lead the DuPage Dragons to the CICL Championship Game.
2006: Went 4-1 in 13 games with nine starts and logged 51.2 innings with 32 strikeouts on the year ... Won all four of his decisions in eight non-conference starts ... Pitched in two MAC games and totaled 4.2 innings with four strikeouts ... Tossed two innings and did not allow an earned run at Arizona State (2/4) ... Pitched 2.2 innings of relief vs. UW-Milwaukee (2/26) ... Earned the win in his first start of the season, going 7.1 innings with nine strikeouts while yielding just three hits, one earned run and no walks at San Jose State (3/13) ... Started and threw 5.2 innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs while fanning three, in game one of a doubleheader vs. Bradley (3/28) ... Went five innings with two earned runs and three strikeouts to earn the win vs. Illinois State (4/4) ... Notched the victory in a 7.1-inning start with six hits, one earned run, no walks and five strikeouts vs. Chicago State (4/19) ... Earned the win with 7.0 innings of work in start vs. UIC (4/25) ... Started and threw 4.0 innings with two strikeouts against Northwestern (5/3) ... Made his first career MAC start and went 3.2 innings with three strikeouts in a loss vs. Ball State (5/13).
2005: Pitched in 10 games with six starts while totaling 31.1 innings of work as a freshman ... Tossed 6.2 innings and allowed three earned runs in his first collegiate start at Xavier (3/16) ... Threw two innings and struck out three without yielding an earned run vs. Ball State (4/2) ... Fanned seven in 6.1 innings and allowed one earned run at Illinois-Chicago (4/20).
High School: Became the third all-state honoree in school history and was a two-time all-area, all-conference and team MVP selection ... Owns school's career victory and strikeout records ... Named all-state, all-area, all-conference and team MVP after setting school's season record with 127 strikeouts while compiling a 9-4 record and 1.47 ERA in 79.0 innings ... Set school record with 20 strikeouts in an 11-inning complete game victory and established school's strikeout mark for a seven-inning game with 17 ... Earned all-area, all-conference and team MVP accolades after posting eight wins and a 2.41 ERA during his junior year ... An all-area selection in football as linebacker after helping lead his team to the Class 7A state championship ... Earned Honor Roll recognition.
Personal: Criminology major ... Born June 6, 1986 in Belle County, Texas ... Son of Glen and Tina Jernstad ... Brother, Mike, was a pitcher at Lindenwood University ... Aspires to coach baseball and football ... Admires Brian Urlacher, Kerry Wood and Barry Zito ... Nicknamed "Jerny."
JERNSTAD'S CAREER STATISTICS
YR W L SV ERA G/GS CG IP H R ER BB SO HBP
2007 4 2 0 4.39 14/13 0 80.0 83 43 39 33 66 7
2006 4 1 0 7.14 13/9 0 51.2 67 45 41 23 32 5
2005 0 3 0 6.89 10/6 0 31.1 47 32 24 21 18 6
Career 8 6 0 5.74 37/28 0 163.0 197 120 104 77 116 18
JERNSTAD'S CAREER HIGHS
Innings Pitched (start): 8.0, vs. Eastern Michigan, 4/28/07
Innings Pitched (relief): 2.2, vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2/26/06
Strikeouts: 9, at San Jose State, 3/13/06