NIUHuskies.com presents the 2012 baseball season preview with Head Baseball Coach Ed Mathey, now in his 10th season at Northern Illinois. The Huskies return seven starters and two starting pitchers in 2012, along with four All-MAC picks, two all-region and a freshman All-American. To boast, NIU also has a pitcher on the preseason stopper of the year watchlist.
2011: First Team All-Midwest region and All-MAC shortstop ... One of 25 quarterfinalists for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award ... Started all 57 games at shortstop ... Committed only eight errors for a .967 fielding percentage ... Team leader in batting average (.352), hits (82), triples (six), total bases (118) and runs batted in (47) ... Finished sixth in the Mid-American Conference in batting average (minimum 100 AB's) ... Hit 10 doubles in MAC play, the most by any player in the conference ... Tied-for-third in the conference in triples (six) and finished fifth in hits (82) ... Also hit 15 doubles, three home runs, a slugging percentage of .506 and an on-base percentage of .394 ... Recorded eight stolen bases, four sacrifice hits and three sacrifice flies ... In the field, owned a .967 fielding percentage, 72 putouts and a team-leading 161 assists ... Had 23 multi-hit games during the season, including four games four hits ... Had two separate seven-game hit streaks, longest of the season, March 6-20 and May 8-19 ... Amassed 15 hits in each hitting streak ... Hit safely in 42-of-57 games ... Was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBI in the second game of a doubleheader with Buffalo (April 2) ... Was perfect at the plate, 4-for-4, against Bradley, hitting a double, a triple and knocking in five runs (April 26) ... Named MAC West Player of the Week March 25 after going 12-for-26 at the plate and helping the team to a 5-1 record ... Again named MAC West Player of the Week after batting safely eight times in 11 attempts (.727), with three doubles, two RBI and two runs, and was perfect in the field in 13 chances in the Huskies series at Toledo (April 25) ... Was 8-for-17 at the Arizona State Coca Cola Classic at the plate, with four RBI, two runs and two doubles (March 3-6).
2010: Rapped a pair of singles at Arizona State (2/20) ... Scored twice on two hits at CSU Bakersfield (3/5) ... Recorded a pair of singles batting leadoff at UC Santa Barbara (3/13) ... Notched a single, walked twice, and came around to score a pair of NIU's four runs at UC Santa Barbara (3/14) ... Drove in a pair of insurance runs on an opposite-field triple vs. Milwaukee (3/24) ... Tallied three hits, including a double, and swiped two bases at Bradley (3/31) ... Smashed a pair of hits and scored vs. Buffalo (4/3) ... Collected three singles and scored vs. Ohio (4/16) ... Made it back-to-back three hit games, scored twice, and drove in two vs. Ohio (4/17) ... Recorded a pair of doubles and tacked on two RBI at Iowa (4/22) ... Toasted Braves pitching for three hits and an RBI vs. Bradley (4/28) ... Gave the Huskies an early lead after scoring in the first from the leadoff position vs. Central Michigan (5/2) ... Scored twice and contributed two hits vs. Eastern Michigan (5/9) ... Motored around the diamond for an inside-the-park home run at Miller Park at Milwaukee (5/12) ... Blasted a home run of the over-the-fence variety at Ball State (5/15) ... Continued his mid-May power surge, adding his third home run as part of a three-hit performance vs. Milwaukee (5/18) ... Registered a pair of doubles vs. Western Michigan (5/21) ... Finished second on the team in both runs scored (32) and hits (59).
2009: Finished with a .327 average, 35 runs, 55 hits, 33 RBI, nine doubles, four triples, three homers, 22 walks and nine steals in 47 games, 42 starts ... Made his college debut in the season opener against North Florida (2/20) ... Tallied his first collegiate hit, run, and RBI in a 3-for-4 performance at Southeast Missouri (3/13) ... Slammed his first home run, scored three runs, and contributed a base hit at Southeast Missouri (3/15) ... Recorded three hits and a stolen base in a win vs. Buffalo (3/21) ... Drove in a pair of runs vs. Bowling Green (3/27) ... Homered in a win vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (4/1) ... Filled his stat line with three RBI on four hits, and scored twice, vs. Chicago State (4/15) ... Got a pinch-hit single at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (4/28) ... Tripled and singled in the same inning at Central Michigan (5/1) ... Knocked in two and swiped a base vs. Ball State (5/8) ... Had three hits, including a solo home run, vs. Ball State (5/10) ... Tied single-game Huskie records with his eight RBI on five hits at Western Michigan (5/14) ... Walked four times in the season finale at Western Michigan (5/16) ... Finished the season fourth on the team in batting average (.327), third in hits (55), fourth in RBI (33), second in stolen bases (9), and led in triples (4).
High School: A first team All-Kaw Valley League selection after leading the conference with a .544 batting average during his junior season ... Totaled 37 hits, 26 runs and 24 stolen bases with eight doubles and four triples as a junior ... Helped lead his team to an 18-5 record and third consecutive regional runner-up finish during junior year ... Hit .325 as a sophomore and .505 as a freshman ... Started every varsity game since his sophomore season ... Three-year football letterwinner ... Named team's most outstanding player and earned first team all-conference honors as both a linebacker and wide receiver during his senior year ... Team captain and honorable mention all-state wide receiver as a senior ... Scored nine touchdowns on offense and totaled a team-high 104 tackles on defense in his senior campaign ... Earned honorable mention all-conference recognition as a kicker during his junior year and was a starting defensive back and wide receiver ... Started at defensive back as a sophomore ... Member of the honor roll all four years.
Personal: Led his American Legion teams in hitting for three consecutive seasons ... Born June 19, 1990 ... Parents are Billy and Betsy Jones.