Jordin Hood Garners MAC West Player Of The Week Award

GO HUSKIES Jordin Hood's big weekend versus Buffalo earned him his second career MAC West Player of the Week award.
GO HUSKIES
Jordin Hood's big weekend versus Buffalo earned him his second career MAC West Player of the Week award.
GO HUSKIES

March 23, 2009

DeKalb, Ill. - For the third time this season, a Northern Illinois baseball player was selected for a Mid-American Conference weekly award as junior Jordin Hood (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) earned MAC West Division Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in this past weekend's three-game sweep of Buffalo.

"Jordin had a great weekend for us," said NIU head coach Ed Mathey, who has now had 10 pitchers and nine hitters earn MAC weekly awards since 2003. "He hit for a high average, drove in runs and got on base a lot. I'm very happy for him to get this recognition. He has probably been our most consistent hitter and has played every position we have asked him to play and has done a good job."

Hood, who joins teammates senior Andy Deain (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) and junior Chuck Lukanen (Lombard, Ill./North Iowa Area C.C.) as the three Huskies to win MAC weekly honors, went 5-for-10 with five RBI, four runs, three doubles, a triple, two walks, three HBP, a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage to earn the honor for the second time in his career.

He extended his hitting streak to a career-high tying 15 games and has tallied multiple RBI in four of his last five while recording a double in five straight games. In Friday's 14-3 win, he went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. In Saturday's 9-3 win, he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI, a triple and was hit by two pitches. In Sunday's 5-4 walk-off win, he went 1-for-2 with two RBI and two walks, including an intentional walk in the ninth to set up junior Dave Reynolds' (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) game-winning hit. On the season, he leads NIU with a .419 average, 18 runs, 31 hits, 10 doubles, 21 RBI, 10 HBP, seven steals, a .662 slugging percentage and a .517 on-base percentage.

 

 

The Huskies (8-12, 3-0 MAC) have already surpassed last year's MAC weekly award total of two and head to Peoria, Ill. tomorrow to take on Bradley (5-11, 0-3 Missouri Valley Conference) in a doubleheader that starts at 4 p.m CT.

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