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.
Dirk Ormsby struckout a career-high seven batters Saturday but the Huskies fell to the Golden Flashes, 7-4.
2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT SENIOR): •Appeared in 49 games, starting 46 for the Huskies •Stepped up to the plate 153 times, converting 37 hits to finish the season witha .242 batting average and a .379 on base percentage •Scored 24 times, including a career high three homeruns, and contributed 15 RBI •Drove in a homerun on his lone hit at the May 16 contest at Ball State •Set a career high three hits for the third time, the last at Ball State (May 15)
Sat out 2014 season after undergoing undergoing surgery in previous fall
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): • Started 44 of the 47 games he played in at catcher • Picked off five runners over the course of the season • Connected on his first collegiate hit, a single, versus BYU (Feb. 16) • Scored twice at Nevada (Feb. 23) • Went two-for-three for his first multi-hit game at Minnesota (March 3) • Drew a pair of walks at Southern Illinois (March 8) • Belted his first round-tripper, a solo shot, at Belmont (March 15) • Collected a pair of hits at Lipscomb (March 16) • Reach base on two singles and scored both times at Akron (March 30) • Tallied a season-best three hits and scored two runs at Akron (March 31) • Went two-for-four with his second double in as many games at Central Michigan (April 5) • Drove in a career-best four runs on two hits versus Western Michigan (April 14) • Singled and walked twice at Ohio (April 20) • Singled twice and drove in two versus Eastern Michigan (May 12) • Went two-for-three with an RBI in back-to-back games at Ball State (May 16-17) • Had two hits, including a double, in his MAC Tournament debut versus Bowling Green (May 22)
SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE/JOLIET CATHOLIC ACADEMY: • Played one season at South Suburban College • Bulldogs won the NJCAA Region IV Championship in 2011 • Won the IHSAA 3A State Baseball Championship in 2009 with Joliet Catholic • Team finished fourth at state in 2010 and third in 2008 • Twice named first team all-conference for the Hillmen • Named team captain senior season • First team all-area in 2010
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: • Son of Steve and Patti Ruzich • Father, Steve, is the head baseball coach at South Suburban College • Given the Algebra Award after junior year, as one of the top ten students in grade class • Admires Josh Hamilton because of the adversity he's overcome to be a great baseball player • Plans to major in business and minor in graphic design
CAREER HIGHS: • At-bats: 5, four times, last versus Kent State (April 3, 2015) • Hits: 3, three times, last at Ball State (May 15, 2015) • Walks: 2, ten times, last versus Kent State (April 4, 2015) • Runs: 3 at Tennessee Tech (March 1, 2015) • RBI: 4 versus Western Michigan (April 14, 2013) • Home run: 1, three times, last at Ball State (May 16, 2015) • Hitting streak: 6 games (March 15-27, 2015) • On-base streak: 26 games (Feb. 13-March 31, 2015)