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
Enters the 2015 season with 25 career starts on the mound ... NIU's most experienced returning starter
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Made 10 starts, five as the Huskies Friday starter, and 15 appearances Finished the year with a 1-6 record and 5.92 ERA; struckout 39 and walked 36 in 51.2 innings Hurled a complete game shutout versus Northwestern, striking out eight with three hits and four walks in a 4-0 win (April 30) Pitched a perfect inning at Bowling Green in NIU's shutout victory over the Falcons (March 28) Went 1-1 as a midweek starter for NIU with three no decisions; Huskies were 4-1 when he started a midweek game Did not give an earned run in his final 12.1 innings of the season, striking out 10, walking four and posting a WHIP of 1.07 (April 30-May 17) Helped NIU pitching staff to MAC best 2.93 earned run average in conference play
2013 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Played and started 15 games Finished third on the team with a 4.74 ERA Struckout three in his first start as a Huskie versus BYU (Feb. 16) Gave up three runs over 5.1 innings in his next start at Nevada (Feb. 23) Allowed a lone earned run in the following two starts versus Utah and at Southern Illinois, receiving no-decisions each game (March 1 and March 8) Tallied four consecutive quality starts between March 8 and March 29 without earning a victory Struckout ten Golden Flashes and allowed one earned run in a loss versus Kent State (March 22) Limited the Zips to two runs on four hits over 7.2 innings at Akron (March 29) Finally secured his first victory in a seven-inning, four strikeout effort versus Western Michigan (April 12) Threw a 2-hit complete game victory versus Miami (April 26) Allowed four runs over 4.2 innings in a MAC Tournament start versus Buffalo (May 23)
HERSCHER HIGH SCHOOL: Played baseball, football and basketball at Herscher High School Shared school's top offensive player award with twin brother, Justin, junior year Won conference, regional and sectional championships sophomore and junior seasons Team was 31-5 in his junior year Recorded a .486 batting average, nine home runs, 10 doubles, three triples and 39 RBI junior year Also went 9-1 pitching in 10 starts, with 82 strikeouts and one save Set school-record for lowest ERA in 2011 (1.08) Went 6-2 as a freshman and 5-4 as sophomore on the mound
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: Son of Jay and Kim Ruckman Twin brother, Justin, also member of the NIU Baseball Recruiting Class of 2012 Honor roll student last three years Member of Students Against Destructive Decisions Volunteered with Salvation Army and Family Fun-a-Thon Plans to major in sociology Admires Michael Jordan because he strived for greatness and had a great attitude toward the game Advanced to the Great Lakes Regional of the Little League World Series in 2005, appearing on ESPN Claimed state championship with Limestone Little League that year
CAREER HIGHS ENTERING 2015: Innings: 9.0 (twice) last versus Northwestern (April 30, 2014) Pitch count: 125 versus Northwestern (April 30, 2014) Strikeouts: 10 versus Kent State (March 22, 2013) Walks: 6 at Central Michigan (April 5, 2013) Runs: 9 (twice) last at Cal Poly (March 12, 2014)