MAC West Leading Huskies Look to Improve Mark at Central Michigan

GO HUSKIES Klonowski fanned eight last weekend at Akron in five innings of work
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Klonowski fanned eight last weekend at Akron in five innings of work
GO HUSKIES

April 4, 2013

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS (9-17, 4-2 MAC) at CENTRAL MICHIGAN (11-16, 2-4 MAC)

Day/Opponent/Time                        Coverage
Friday: at Central Michigan, 2 p.m.      Audio / Video / Live Stats / @NIUscores
Saturday: at Central Michigan, Noon    Audio / Video / Live Stats / @NIUscores
Sunday: at Central Michigan, Noon      Audio / Video / Live Stats / @NIUscores

NORTHERN ILLINOIS PROJECTED PITCHING ROTATION
Day/Pitcher                                     Last Start
Friday: LHP Jordan Ruckman (0-4)    (ND at Akron 3/29) 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Saturday: RHP Eli Anderson (3-3)     (W at Akron 3/30) 9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Sunday: RHP Alex Klonowski (3-4)    (W at Akron 3/31) 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

OPPONENTS PROJECTED PITCHING ROTATION
Day/Pitcher                                       Last start
Friday: RHP Jordan Foley (4-1)           (L vs. Bowling Green 3/29) 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Saturday: RHP Dylan Rheault (1-1)    (L at Bethune-Cookman 3/24) 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
Sunday: LHP Rick Dodridge (1-3)       (ND vs. Bowling Green 3/31) 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

LEAD OFFS
• Northern Illinois is currently on a four-game winning streak, following its 10-6 win over Milwaukee 4/3.
• Huskies Eli Anderson and Alex Klonowski swept MAC Player/Pitcher of the Week awards.
• NIU threw six relief pitchers against the Panthers Wednesday afternoon.

IN THE LAST FOUR GAMES...
• The Huskies are 4-0, outscoring their opposition, 30-14.
Jamison Wells has six hits, six runs, seven RBI and four stolen bases.
• Northern Illnois has combined for 50 hits and carries a .338 batting average.
Alex Klonowski is 10-for-16 at the plate (.625) with four runs scored and three RBI.
• NIU pitchers are limiting opposing teams to a .205 batting average (27-for-132).

WELLS BREAKS NIU STOLEN BASE RECORD; TACKS ON TO IT WEDNESDAY
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 March 30 at Akron. The NIU centerfielder broke Alvin Maynard's (1979-80) record with his eighth steal of 2013. He seperated himself against Milwaukee, robbing his 73rd, 74th and 75th bases with three runs, three hits and four RBI.

RED HOT ROTATION
The Northern Illinois weekend rotation was red hot last weekend in Avon, Ohio as Eli Anderson, Alex Klonowski and Jordan Ruckman combined for 21.2 innings pitched, 15 hits, five runs (four earned), three walks and 18 strikeouts. Anderson tossed a complete game Saturday and Klonowski struck out eight in five innings of work Sunday. Ruckman gave up the fewest hits of the trio with four in 7.2.

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 scoreless innings streak at 16.2.

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 last 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 scored, 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.

BREAKING THE STREAK
In the last three series with Central Michigan, the Huskies are 2-7 and have not won a game in the series since May 2, 2010, a series-clinching victory in DeKalb, 3-2.

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. Wednesday's midweek game versus Milwaukee was NIU's home opener and the latest home game for the Huskies since 1981.

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.

NOT THE IDES OF MARCH
Following a 1-7 record in February, the Huskies improved to 7-10 in the month of March. Only one contest into April, Northern Illinois is 1-0 and will hope to duplicate or best the 2011 squad's April effort. The 2011 Huskies ran up a 13-6 record in April, the most wins in the month under Head Coach Ed Mathey.

SCOUTING THE CHIPPEWAS
CMU enters this weekend's series with the Huskies with an 11-17 overall record this season, including a 2-4 tilt in the Mid-American Conference. The Chippewas went 1-2 in both of their first two series of conference play at Buffalo and against Bowling Green. Central Michigan is also coming off a pair of midweek road games as it took on Michigan State (L, 4-2) and Michigan (L, 7-0). Friday's game marks the fourth home game of the season for CMU and its second home series of 2013.

Brothers Logan and Nick Regnier have been the top-hitters by average this season as they are the only two batters above the .300 mark. However, timely hitting has been the strength for Central Michigan as five players have double-digit RBI totals this season. Zack Fields and Nick Regnier lead the team with 19 runs driven in. Jordan Foley is the leader of the pitching staff with seven starts this season and a 4-1 record. Foley is ninth in the NCAA in ERA this season with his 0.95 mark in 48 innings of work. Jimmy McNamera and Matt Trowbridge are the top-relievers for CMU out of the bullpen as both have pitched over 20 innings this season with only one start apiece.

JOHN OLERUD AWARD WATCH LIST WORTHY?
Junior Alex Klonowski has been a solid two-way player for the Huskies since his arrival in 2011, appearing in 97 games on the diamond with 46 appearances on the mound. "Klono" sports a .292 batting average, has 28 hits, 10 RBI and is a combined 10-for-16 in his last four games. On the mound he sports a 3-4 record, a 3.80 ERA in 45.0 innings with 29 strikeouts and two complete games this season. The John Olerud Award is given annually to the top two way player (pitcher/fielder) in the country.

NEXT UP
The Huskies continue their midweek action Tuesday when it heads down to Normal to take on perennial foe Illinois State. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.