12   Johnny Zubek
Johnny  Zubek

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Oak Forest, Ill.

High School:
Oak Forest

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 200

Position:
C


05/01/2016

NIU Sweeps BGSU Series with Second-Straight Shutout, 6-0

Huskies earn first series sweep of the season as Sims improves to 5-2

04/26/2016

Hot Start Clinches Huskies Third-Straight Win

NIU defeated UIC, 11-6, collecting 15 hits in the game

04/23/2016

NIU Evens Series with Buffalo in 9-2 Win

Pitching staff surrenders zero walks; Huskie bats amass 10 hits

04/22/2016

Huskies Fall to Buffalo in Pitchers Duel

Buffalo broke 1-1 deadlock in sixth

04/17/2016

Huskies Drop Back and Forth Battle with Broncos, 15-12

NIU ties game in eighth but falls in the bottom half of the inning

05/16/2015

The Pride of the Huskies

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.

03/20/2014

2014 NIU Baseball - The Road Through Avon

To accomplish a great task, an unprecedented feat must be completed. You're either moving backwards, or you're moving forwards. It's time to move forward. It's time to take The Road Through Avon.

02/28/2014

2014 NIU Baseball Podcast - Southern Illinois

Week 3 of the NIU Baseball podcast returns to preview the Southern Illinois and review the Huskies trip to New Mexico.

02/19/2014

2014 NIU Baseball Podcast 2/19/14 - New Mexico

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.

02/11/2014

NIU Baseball Podcast: 2/11/14

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.

04/08/2016

Huskies Take Series Opener Over CMU, 9-6

Through the cold, wind and snow, the NIU baseball team amassed 12 hits and defeated Central Michigan, 9-6.

04/03/2016

NIU defeats Miami, 6-1

Photos from the Huskies 6-1 victory over Miami University in game two of a doubleheader at Ralph McKinzie Field.

05/11/2014

NIU vs Akron

Highlights from Senior Day and Alex Klonowski record breaking third complete game shutout this season.

05/10/2014

NIU vs Akron

Photos from the Huskies 4-1 win over Akron. Eli Anderson fanned seven to record the 200th of his career.

02/20/2014

NIU vs Minnesota

Pictures from the Huskies series vs Minnesota at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. Photos by Vince Schmidt, 108-365

2015 SEASON (JUNIOR):
Appeared in 52 games, starting 47 at catcher
Finished the season with a .256 batting average on 176 at-bats
Converted 45 hits and scored 33 runs, including four versus Eastern Michigan (Apr. 26)
Led the team in homeruns for the season, driving four
Helped bring in 24 RBI including five in the Apr. 14 contest at UIC
MAC West Player of the Week (4/27) for the first time in his career after hitting a homerun in both games of the doubleheader against Eastern Michigan, we well as scoring seven runs and recording a .467 batting average


2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE):
• Made 36 appearances with 28 starts behind the plate
• Recorded a batting average of .155 with an on-base percentage of .297
• Reached base nine times on hit by pitch, a team-high
• Went 2-for-3 at the plate against No. 11 Cal Poly with one hit by pitch (March 12)
• Scored two runs with an RBI, two hits, two runs and a double in MAC opener versus Buffalo (March 21); finished series with .539 OBP (13 plate appearances)
• Caught 12 runners stealing base behind the plate
• Only one error for a .995 fielding percentage

2013 SEASON (FRESHMAN):

• Played in 11 games, starting one at catcher
• Secured his first hit in his first collegiate at-bat at Texas Tech (Feb. 17)
• Singled in his first start of the season versus Bradley (April 16)
• Walked, doubled, and scored at Bradley (April 30)

OAK FOREST HIGH SCHOOL:
• Two year baseball letterman at Oak Forest High School
• A two-time first team all-conference selection
• Played in the Plainfield Showcase All Star game after junior season
• Team finished 27-8 in 2011, en route to state runner-up, super sectional, sectional, regional and conference championships
• Set the IHSA 3A State Record for hits in a state championship game (three)
• Won regional and conference championships as a sophomore
• Will serve as a team captain senior year
• Played for Oak Forest Storm travel team over the summer

PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS:
• Son of Matthew and Nancy Zubek
• Plans to major in pre-law and minor in business
• Would like to pursue a career in law or in the front office of a sports team
• Member of the National Honor Society
• Also involved with the Interact Club and a Special Olympics volunteer
• Earned honors with distinction the last three years
• Enjoys watching hockey and going to sporting events
• Looks up to A.J. Pierzynski because he always plays hard, smart, the right way and he's a leader
• Also admires Derek Jeter because he's a role model on and off the field
• Scored a 33-of-36 on ACT

YEAR G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB OBP SLG AVG
2013

11-1

11 1 3 1 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 .333 .364 .273
2014

36-28

84 7 13 2 0 0 6 15 8 18 3 .297 .179 .155
2015

52-47

176 33 45 6 1 4 24 65 20 19 8 .370 .369 .256
CAREER
99-76 271 41 61 9 1 4 30 82 29 40 11 .333 .304 .228

CAREER HIGHS ENTERING 2016 SEASON:
• At-bats: 6 versus. UW-Milwaukee (March 31, 2015)
• Hits: 4 versus Bowling Green (March 27, 2015)
• Walks: 2, three times, last at Ball State G1 (5/14/2015)
• Runs: 4 versus Eastern Michigan G2 (April 26, 2015)
• RBI: 5 vs UIC (April 14, 2015)
• Hitting streak: 5 games (April 18-26, 2015)
• Home run: 1, four times, last versus Western Michigan (May 9, 2015)

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