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
2013: 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, footbal 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 Born January 17, 1994 ... Son of Jay and Kim Ruckman ... Twin brother, Justin, also member of the Northern Illinois Baseball 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 2014: Innings: 9.0 versus Miami (April 26, 2013) Pitch count: 122 versus Kent State (March 22, 2013) Strikeouts: 10 versus Kent State (March 22, 2013) Walks: 6 at Central Michigan (April 5, 2013) Runs: 9 versus Eastern Michigan (May 11, 2013)