March 14, 2014
Northern Illinois (1-15-1) vs Bradley (11-3)
Normal, Ill. (The Corn Crib)
Game one - 6 p.m. (tentative)
Game two - 8:30 p.m. (tentative)
Live stats: BUBraves.com
PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS FOR NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Game one - Eli Anderson (1-2) 24.2 IP, 18 K, 7 BB, 4.38 ERA
Game two - Alex Klonowski (0-0) 22.1 IP, 13 K, 13 BB, 3.63 ERA
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois baseball team (1-15-1) will return to the state of Illinois Saturday night to close its annual spring break trip when it takes on Bradley in a doubleheader at the Corn Crib in Normal, Ill. Game two will shortly after game one, which will begin roughly around 6 p.m. Central.
NIU has been on the road since last Thursday, starting its spring break trip at No. 5 Oregon State for a four game set with the Beavers, followed by a three game series at No. 11 Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. The Huskies have played seven game games in seven days and will close its trip with nine games in nine days.
While Northern Illinois has not won a game on its trip, the Huskies have shown increased depth and versatility in their pitching staff and that their day-to-day lineup is capable of producing from a number spots at the plate.
Reliever Anthony Andres started his first game on the mound for NIU in game one of the series with the Mustangs last Tuesday, tossing a career-best six innings. Andres held Cal Poly at bay in the game, not allowing them to spread its lead in the contest. The Huskies would fall to the 11th ranked Mustangs, 4-2. Matt Williams was strong in extended relief duty Wednesday night in NIU’s 10-2 loss, throwing 4.1 innings and striking out three while scattering two hits.
At the plate, the Huskies had eight different players account for RBI in the series with the Mustangs. Justin Fletcher faired well on the ocean side as he was 6-for-13 at the plate (.462) with two triples, including one in last night’s 11-9 loss, and a double to post a slugging percentage of .846. The Huskie also posted an on-base percentage of .500 in the series and scored twice while he was on base.
Reigning first team All-MAC selection Alex Klonowski led NIU in RBI in the series as he drove in three runs, while carrying an on-base clip of .429. Tommy Hook topped Northern Illinois base runners in the series, earning three walks while going 4-for-9 at the plate (.444) and starting his first game behind the dish for NIU. In 62 career appearances for the Huskies, Hook has now started games at five positions on the diamond, appearing at second and third base, left and right field, and now catcher.
The Huskies will start pitchers Eli Anderson and Alex Klonowski in games one and two, respectively, as the two make their fifth starts of the season. Klonowski and Anderson have each pitched 22-plus innings this season and both hold earned run averages under 4.50. Klonowski has yet to post a decision on the year but was brilliant last time at No. 5 Oregon State on March 8, allowing zero runs, only one hit while striking out four in 5.0 innings of work.
Following Saturday’s games, NIU will resume midweek play Tuesday, March 18 when it head to UIC for 4:05 p.m. contest with the Flames.
The Last Meeting
April 30, 2013