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
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Made 29 total appearances with 19 starts Batted .157 with a .301 slugging percentage Led the Huskies with three home runs Recorded a pinch-hit grand slam versus Toledo (April 5), NIU's first bases loaded homer since April 17, 2011 (Troy White) Hit a solo bomb to help the Huskies to a 2-0 win at Western Michigan (April 26) Finished 3-for-3 with two RBI, a home run, a double and a run in the season finale versus Ball State (May 17) Drove in three runs on a single and a sacrifice fly in NIU's 9-0 win at Bowling Green (March 28)
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in 42 games, starting 36 at designated hitter and in the outfield Finished second on the team with nine doubles Started his season with a bang, belting his first home run as a Huskie versus Northern Colorado (Feb. 17) Drew a pair of walks and contributed an RBI single at Nevada (Feb. 23) Drove in two runs and smashed a double at Murray State (March 13) Recorded a single and double at Lipscomb (March 16) Swiped his first collegiate base versus Kent State (March 23) Went two-for-four at Central Michigan (April 6) Drove in two at Ohio (April 21) Hit an RBI double at Iowa (April 24) Rattled off a five-game hitting streak (April 27 - May 4) Connected for four hits in two games versus Miami (April 27-28) Piled up a career-best three hits, including two two-baggers, at Toledo (May 4) Had back-to-back multi-hit games versus Eastern Michigan (May 11-12) Drove in a run in three straight games at Ball State and versus Bowling Green in the MAC Tournament (May 17-22)
2012 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Made 22 appearances with eight starts at designated hitter Batted .211 with four RBI and three doubles Finished the season 4-for-11 (.364) in pinch-hitting situations to lead team in hits Made collegiate debut versus No. 18 St. John's, finishing 2-for-2 with a double, two runs and RBI and a walk to send the game to extra innings (Feb. 25) Recorded a pinch-hit double versus Dayton (March 11) Followed up with another double two days later at Saint Louis (March 13) Drove in two runs during Mid-American Conference play Finished 1-for-2 as starting designated hitter versus Toledo with an RBI single (April 20) Went 0-for-1 with a fielder's choice RBI versus Ball State (May 18) Entered as a pinch-hitter in season-finale against the Cardinals and accounted for a single (May 19)
ROCHELLE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL Earned both, football and baseball letters while attending Rochelle Township Earned MVP, first team all-conference and All-Star Game selections in both his junior and senior year Posted a record setting 16 homers, batted in 48 runs, hit .467, and was selected to play in the Plainfield All-Star Game junior year With a just as stellar Senior season, Micah was selected to the Peoria All-Star team capping of his high school career
PERSONAL/MISCELLANOUS Son of Michael and Laurie McCulloch Plans to major in wildlife biology and wants to become a wildlife biologist Enjoys hunting, fishing and snowmobiling in his spare time He admires both Derek Jeter and Emmitt Smith for their ability to remain humble throughout their successful careers
CAREER HIGHS ENTERING 2015 SEASON: At-bats: 5 (three times) last at Ball State (May 18, 2013) Hits: 3 (two times) last versus Ball State (May 17, 2014) Walks: 2 at Nevada (February 23, 2013) Runs: 2 (twice) last versus Eastern Michigan (May 12, 2013) RBI: 4 versus Toledo(April 5, 2014) Hitting streak: Five games, April 27 - May 4, 2013