Bulls pitcher Mike Burke tossed 15th complete shutout in tournament history
Northern Illinois will open against Bowling Green Wednesday
Eli Anderson wins his eighth-staight game to tie single-season mark at nine wins
NIU will also host Senior Day and Alumni Day Sunday
Anderson improved to 7-0 in MAC play in his first Friday start
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2012: Appeared in seven games during the season, four as a pitcher and three as a pinch-runner ... Hurled 3.2 innings and a 7.36 ERA ... Did not record a decision ... Fanned two batters during the year ... Made collegiate debut versus Ohio, pitching one inning (April 8) ... Pitched 0.2 scoreless innings at Milwaukee (May 15) and another scoreless inning versus Ball State (May 18) ... Recorded his first career strikeout versus the Panthers (April 24) ... Made first appearance as a baserunner at Bradley, scoring the go-ahead run in the seventh inning (April 25) ... Notched another run versus Ball State (May 17).
High School: The Fenwick High School captain closed his prep career by hitting .432 with 38 hits, 30 runs, six triples, 24 RBI, and 10 steals in 10 attempts in 31 games as a senior... Led the Friars to a regional runner-up finish in 2010... Garnered first team all-conference recognition as an infielder and right-handed pitcher... Earned invitation to the 2010 Chicago Catholic League all-star game ... In 32 games as a junior, hit .308 with 24 hits, 17 runs, three doubles, one triple, 12 RBI and four steals ... On the mound in 2009, went 3-3 with a 1.80 ERA in 46.6 innings with 42 strikeouts over 10 appearances ... As a sophomore, hit .417 in 25 games with 33 hits, 25 runs, eight doubles, one triple, 21 RBI and 22 steals ... Posted a perfect 4-0 record in 33 innings and six games with a 1.91 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 2008 ... Played four years of football for the Friars, earning varisty letters in each of his last two years.
Personal: Born December 31, 1991 ... Son of Jim and Marilyn Sweeney ... Made the honor roll every semester as a Friar... Intends on majoring in biomedical engineering ... Brother, Joe, was a pitcher for 2010 Division III National Champion Illinois Wesleyan ... While at Fenwick, helped coach grade school football ... Enjoys fishing and attending sports events ... Admires Mark Buehrle for being cut from his high school baseball team twice and making it to MLB.
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