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.
JOHN A. LOGAN/SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE/NOTRE DAME COLLEGE PREP Played a season at John A. Logan College and at South Suburban College ... Was a three-time letterman at Notre Dame College Prep ... Twice named a first team all-conference selection ... Member of Illinois Sparks summer team in 2008 and 2009 ... Played for the Southland Vikings in summer 2011 ... Batted .297 sophomore season at South Suburban, leading the team in at bats (250), hits (67), doubles (18), home runs (six) and slugging percentage ... Hit one home run and posted a batting average of .337 at John A. Logan as a freshman.
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS Born February 22, 1991 ... Son of David and Maria Kane ... Father played baseball at Northeastern Illinois University ... Named to the dean's list at John A. Logan College in fall 2009 ... Is a fan of and is inspired by Josh Hamilton, because of the adversity he has overcome in his life ... Hobbies include playing guitar, running, lifting weights and playing video games online ... Plans to major in exercise science.