Anderson & Klonowski Sweep MAC Honors
April 2, 2013
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (8-17) vs. MILWAUKEE (11-11)
Wednesday: vs. Milwaukee, 3:05 p.m. GameTracker / @NIUscores
NORTHERN ILLINOIS PROJECTED STARTER
Day/Pitcher Last Start
Wednesday: LHP Bobby Kuntzendorf (0-1) (L at Murray State 3/12) 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 1 K
OPPONENTS PROJECTED STARTER
Day/Pitcher Last start
Wednesday: RHP Gunnar Eastman (0-0) First start of 2013
• Senior Jamison Wells set NIU’s all-time stolen bases record Saturday versus Akron, setting the record at 72 in the third inning of play.
• Huskies Eli Anderson and Alex Klonowski swept MAC Player/Pitcher of the Week awards.
• The midweek game versus Milwaukee is NIU’s 2013 home opener and is the latest home game since 1981.
WELLS BREAKS NIU CAREER STOLEN BASE RECORD
33 years in the making. Senior Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) set the Huskies all-time stolen bases record with 72 in his career in the third inning Saturday at Akron. The NIU center fielder broke Alvin Maynard’s (1979-80) record with his eighth steal of the season.
IS HE SEEING A BEACH BALL?
Last weekend in Avon, Ohio, Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) swang a hot stick as the junior batted 9-for-12 (.750) and carried an on-base percentage of .786 on the weekend. On Friday and Sunday, Klonowski reached base in every plate appearance with a walk Friday, hit by pitch Sunday and perfect 4-for-4 hitting in each game.
GOING THE DISTANCE... AGAIN
Junior Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) became the second NIU pitcher this season to complete consecutive starts, striking out six and walking zero against the Zips. Anderson picked up his third win of the season and carried a shutout through 7.2 innings before giving up an RBI single up the middle to end his streak at 16.2 innings.
THE SHORTEST HOME SCHEDULE SINCE 1973
With the conference opening series being moved to Chicago due to unplayable field conditions at Ralph McKinzie Field, the Huskies are now scheduled to only play 12 games at home in 2013, the fewest home contests for Northern Illinois since 1973.
SWEEPING THE AWARDS
For the first time since March 23, 2011, Northern Illinois swept the MAC West Division Player and Pitcher of the Week awards with Eli Anderson and Alex Klonowski picking up the honors. The duo became the first Huskies since Alex Jones and Zach Oates to sweep the weekly honors.
ZIMMERMAN CLEANING UP
Junior Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) batted in the cleanup spot all weekend for Northern Illinois in Avon versus Akron and made quite the dent in the Zips pitching stats as he batted 7-for-13 (.538) with two runs, four RBI and two triples, with only one strikeout. Entering the season, Zimmerman had zero triples in his career and already has three in 2013.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Milwaukee enters the midweek clash with an even 11-11 record this season, including a 7-2 record in the Horizon League. Much like the Huskies, the Panthers are coming off of a conference series sweep over Valparaiso, the defending Horizon League Champion, at UIC. Also like NIU, Milwaukee has yet to play a home game this season as it has played either on neutral sites or on the road. The Panthers have swung the bats well this season as the team sports a .280 batting average, led by Michael Porcaro’s impressive .400 tally. Porcaro has also driven in 21 RBI this year with six doubles and three triples. As a pitching staff, the Panthers have combined for four shutouts, including two complete game shutouts.
ONE OF THE YOUNGEST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
NIU holds the distinction of being one of the youngest teams in the country as it’s played 11 freshmen and 14 first year players within the program, tying for 13th and 11th on those lists, respectively.
ORANGE YOU GLAD TO BE A TWO-SPORT ATHLETE?
Jamison Wells also plays football for the Mid-American Conference Champion Huskies (12-2), who made national headlines in December when they were invited to the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl to play Florida State. Wells appeared in all 14 games at wide receiver, making 16 grabs for 180 yards.
The Huskies will hit the road again for a Mid-American Conference series at Central Michigan in hopes of improving their West Division best 4-2 record.