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.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): NIU's ace reliever, making 24 appearances with a 1.86 ERA Finished the season with a 4-0 record and one save Struckout 25 while walking 18 Allowed six earned runs in 29.0 innings of work Started the year with 9.0 shutout innings over eight appearances before surrendering a run at No. 9 Cal Poly (March 13) Struckout a season-high three batters at No. 5 Oregon State (March 9) and versus UW-Milwaukee (April 23) Threw a season-high 4.0 innings and 66 pitches at the Beavers, allowing two hits, walking three and fanning three batters in the effort (March 9) Picked up first save of the year at Western Michigan, helping NIU to a 2-0 win in a 1.0 inning effort (April 26) Picked up three of his four wins in midweek relief versus UIC (March 18), Illinois State (April 8) and UW-Milwaukee (April 23) Won one Mid-American Conference game, tossing 1.2 shutout innings at Eastern Michigan (April 12) Tossed the final 0.2 innings with two runners on at New Mexico to earn NIU's lone tie of the year, 3-3 (Feb. 23) Helped NIU pitching staff to MAC best 2.93 earned run average in conference play
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Made 21 appearances, with all but one being in relief Struckout one and didn't allow a run in his season debut versus Northern Colorado (Feb. 17) Fanned two in a perfect inning at Nevada (Feb. 23) Struckout two in and shutout the Zips for an inning at Akron (March 31) Had a streak of five scoreless appearances (April 9-28) Started his first game as a Huskie, striking out three over 2.2 innings at Bradley (April 30) Rebounded from that short start with a scoreless outing at Toledo (May 5) Struckout one in 1.1 shutout innings versus Eastern Michigan (May 11)
2012 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Made 13 relief pitching appearances, mostly in situational instances Hurled 14.1 innings with a 6.91 ERA Struckout 18 batters with 10 walks Made collegiate debut versus Dayton going 0.1 innings and facing one batter (March 11) Pitched season-highs of 5.1 innings and nine stikeouts with zero walks (78 pitches) versus Ball State (May 17) Tossed one inning against Akron in the MAC opener, striking out two batters and surrendering one hit (March 30) Hurled a then season-high 2.2 against Ohio, fanning three (April 8) Surrendered only one hit versus Northwestern at FifthThird Bank Park in one inning on the mound (May 1) Pitched one inning versus Milwaukee in the Huskies 10-4 win (May 15)
VERONA AREA HIGH SCHOOL Played football and baseball at Verona Area High School Led team to first-ever WIAA State Tournament appearance senior year, finishing 21-8 and winning sectional Named Big-8 Player of the Year senior season Also a first team all-area selection (utility) by Wisconsin State Journal and a third team all-state first basemen in 2011 Played in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All Star Classic 2011 first team WBCA All-District V infielder Had a career batting average of .381 and a slugging percentage of .519 Played for Hitters Baseball Club Summer National Travel team 2010-11 Hit .424 senior year, with five home runs and 32 RBI Also an accomplished pitcher, recording 93 strikeouts, only 20 walks and a 2.25 ERA, along with an 8-2 record senior year Pitched a no-hitter junior year Played in the "Pitch and Hit Showcase" and the Twids Futures Showcase in Oklahoma as a junior
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS Son of Jan and Brad Neumann Plans to major in business administration Would like to become a sports agent Was a Summit Credit Union Board of Directors Scholarship recipient in 2011 Lists music, travel and ping-pong as interests Admires Prince Fielder for his power and Chris Capuano for his drive to overcome injury
CAREER HIGHS ENTERING 2015 SEASON: Innings: 5.1 versus Ball State (May 17, 2012) Pitch count: 78 versus Ball State (May 17, 2012) Strikeouts: 9 versus Ball State (May 17, 2012) Walks:4 at Cal Poly (March 13, 2014) Runs: 6 at Bradley (April 30, 2013)