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.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Made 11 appearances with two midweek starts for the Huskies Threw 20.1 innings with a 3.10 earned run average, striking out and walking 10 batters Finished 1-2 on the year Hurled a career-high seven innings versus UW-Milwaukee, striking out four and walking two with one run allowed (April 9) Tossed 5.2 shutout innings on the year Earned lone win at Valparaiso, tossing 2.1 innings (33 pitches) while allowing one hit and walk (April 2) Made season-debut in Glendale, Ariz. in NIU's series finale with Minnesota, throwing a third of an inning (Feb. 16) Helped NIU pitching staff to MAC best 2.93 earned run average in conference play 2013 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Made seven appearances in relief Made a sterling debut, striking out one in a scoreless outing at Texas Tech (Feb. 17) Walked one but didn't allow a run in an inning at Nevada (Feb. 22) Shutout the Flames for an inning, picking up his first collegiate win at UIC (May 1)
NEWMAN CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Played three varsity baseball seasons at Newman Central Catholic High School Was an honorable mention all-conference pick in junior year Named team captain in 2011 Pitched 46 innings, totaling a 3-6 record and 3.35 earned run average, with 66 strikeouts in junior year Had a 3-3 record as a sophomore, recording 20 strikeouts on the hill Mainly appeared in relief situations freshman year Played summer ball with the Northern Illinois Reds
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS Son of Matt and Nancy Olson Looks up to his father because "he shaped who I am today" Plans to major in business and minor in political science Interested in becoming a lawyer after graduation Volunteered with the Sterling, Ill. annual food drive, YMCA and at the Woodlawn Arts Academy, working with special needs children
CAREER HIGHS ENTERING 2015 SEASON: Innings: 7.0 versus UW-Milwaukee (April 9, 2014) Pitch count: 99 versus UW-Milwaukee (April 9, 2014) Strikeouts: 4 versus UW-Milwaukee (April 9, 2014) Walks: 4 at Bradley (April 16, 2014) Runs: 5 at Nevada (Februrary 23, 2013)