The first ever fall update from Head Coach Ed Mathey on the NIU Baseball Podcast.
DEE-MACK HIGH SCHOOL: Three time letter winner and All-Heart of Illinois Conference at Dee-Mack ... Three-time McDonalds All-Star game and a Pantagraph All-Star in senior year ... All-area selection in both Peoria and Bloomington in senior season ... The Chiefs all-time leader in strikeouts during his career and in a season ... Led team to consecutive conference championships, as well as regional and sectional championships ... Dee-Mack was 22-2 in his final two seasons ... Posted 7-2 record on the mound, 1.2 ERA, four saves and 131 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched during senior season ... Hurled 74 innings in junior year with a 9-2 record, 122 strikeouts and 1.61 ERA ... Solid batter for the Cheifs as well, hitting .453 in his career 135-for-298) ... Batted .500 in 2012, with three home runs, 13 doubles, five triples, 34 runs and 32 RBI ... Hit a career-high 14 doubles in sophomore season ... Played his high school summer ball with the Central Illinois Outlaws.
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: Born January 27, 1994 ... Son Jenn Reader ... Member of Peer Pals group ... Enjoys fishing, bowling and movies ... Admires Derek Jeter because of his leadership skills and how he carries himself.
COACH MATHEY ON SCHRADER "TJ is a guy who's coming in with college experience and he'll have three more years to play for us. We've seen him play on tape numerous times, we've talked to numerous scouts and they like his athleticism, they like his action and the way he attacks the strikezone, so we like his potential here."