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.
Photo highlights from game one of the Huskies baseball game versus Toledo April 5, 2013.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): •Appeared in 52 games, starting 49 •Finished the season with a .181 batting average and a .243 on base percentage •Stepped up to the plate 188 times, converting 34 hits and only striking out 28 times •Twice had three runs in a game, the last being the Mar. 11 contest versus Murray State •Contributed 34 RBI, setting a career high three versus Bowling Green (Mar. 27) •Helped bring in 21 runs for the Huskies
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): • Played in all 54 games, starting 53 • Batted .278 with a team-best 12 extra base hits (eight doubles, four triples); boasted a .343 on-base percentage as well as .356 slugging clip • Stole a team-high eight bases in 10 attempts • Drove in a season-best 22 runs while sharing the team lead with 25 runs scored • 14-multi hit games last season, including a 4-for-6 night against Buffalo in the conference opener, scoring three runs and driving in one with a double (March 21) • Was a home run shy of the cycle at Cal Poly, going 3-for-5 with a run and a stolen base (March 13) • Carried an eight-game hitting streak, batting .448 with two doubles, five RBI and four runs scored (April 8-16) • Had a team-best three sacrifice flies on the season, two of which came in MAC play at Eastern Michigan (April 11) and versus Akron (May 9) • Helped turn 30 double plays at second base with a .965 fielding percentage; led team with 149 assists
ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE: • Starting shortstop for the Cougars • Appeared in 55 games • Posted a .378 batting average with an on-base percentage of .448, 44 RBI, 44 runs, 13 doubles, two triples and three homeruns • Registered five RBI in a 3-for-3 day with a double, a triple and three runs in an 11-0 win versus Lewis & Clark CC (April 6) • Posted a season-best 4-for-5 at Mississippi Gulf Coast with a double, a run and an RBI in the Cougars 12-10 win (March 12).
PEKIN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL: • Member of the Dragons baseball, basketball and golf teams • Earned nine varsity letters • Three-time McDonald's All-Star on the diamond • First team all-conference as a senior and second team as a sophomore • Named to The Peoria Journal Star's All-Area team as a senior • Won Mid-Illini Conference Championships in freshman and junior years • Regional runner-ups in 2012 • Hit .448 his senior year with a .604 slugging percentage (43 hits) • Scored 37 in his junior year • .380 lifetime hitter at Pekin Community High School
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: • Son of Jim and Tammie Fletcher • Interested in majoring in business • Worked towards his associate's degree at ICC in business administration • Lists fishing and bowling as hobbies • Wants to own his own business • An Illinois State Scholar in 2011-12 • President's list at Illinois Central • National Honor Society in 2011 and 2012 • SAAC member at ICC • Michael P Honan Scholarship recipient • Served as a math tutor • IHSA Scholastic Award recipient • Honored with the Prairie State Achievement Award in Reading • All-Academic Mid-Illini Conference
CAREER HIGHS ENTERING 2016 SEASON: • At Bats: 6, six times, last versus UIC (April 28, 2015) • Hits: 4 vs Buffalo (March 21, 2015) • Walks: 2, twice, last at Texas Tech (February 21, 2015) G1 • Runs: 3, four times, last versus Murray State (March 11, 2015) G1 • RBI: 3 versus Bowling Green (March 27, 2015) • Hit Streak: 8 games (April 6-16, 2014)