April 15, 2013
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (14-19) | BRADLEY (11-19) | ILLINOIS-CHICAGO (16-16)
Tuesday: vs. Bradley, 3:05 p.m. GameTracker / @NIUscores
Wednesday: vs. Illinois-Chicago, 3:05 p.m. GameTracker / @NIUscores
NORTHERN ILLINOIS PROJECTED PITCHING ROTATION
Day/Pitcher Last Start
Tuesday (Bradley): LHP Jon Savarise (0-0) First career start - 0 earned runs in
Wednesday (UIC): To Be Announced
OPPONENTS PROJECTED PITCHING ROTATION
Day/Pitcher Last start
Tuesday (Bradley): RHP Stephen Toma (0-0) (L at Creighton 4/7) 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
Wednesday (UIC): To Be Announced
• Northern Illinois (9-3) is tied for the top spot in the Mid-American Conference lead with Kent State.
• Jeff Zimmerman is on an 11-game hitting streak, the longest of his career.
• Jon Savarise is starting his first career game on the mound Tuesday versus Bradley.
• The Huskies are 6-2 in the month of April and 4-0 at their home, Ralph McKinzie Field.
• NIU’s 9-3 start in the MAC is the Huskies best-ever start in conference play.
IN THE LAST 10 GAMES...
• The Huskies are 8-2, the best NIU stretch since April 6-26, 2011.
• Juniors Alex Klonowski and Jeff Zimmerman combine for a .409 average, 19 RBI and a .451 OBP.
• Senior Jamison Wells is 10-for-14 in stolen base attempts.
• The Northern Illinois defense has turned nine double plays.
• NIU’s pitching staff is carrying a 2.97 earned run average, over two points higher than its opponents.
HE’S GOING STREAKING
Junior Jeff Zimmerman has been a steady bat in the Huskie lineup the last three weeks as he enters the midweek tilts with an 11-game hitting streak. Since his streak started March 29 versus Akron, the Tinley Park native has hit .391 (18-for-46) with nine runs scored, three doubles, two triples and 10 RBI. He’s boasts a .431 on-base percentage in that time as well.
THE ENERGIZER BUNNY’S REAL NAME... Eli Anderson
He keeps going and going and going... Junior hurler Eli Anderson has been, as Perfect Game USA’s Kendall Rogers put it on Twitter two Saturdays ago, “En Fuego”, as the Huskie has thrown four-consecutive complete games victories for Northern Illinois in Mid-American Conference play. In that span he has a 0.75 ERA, fanned 32 batters, walked six and limited opponents to a .188 batting average. His four complete games are the sixth-most in the country, while his 48 strikeouts this season are the 147th most in the NCAA.
TOUGHEST TO STRIKE OUT
Per NCAA Statistics weekly report issued April 15, junior Alex Klonowski is ranked 90th-of-150 in the toughest to strike out category. The Kearney, Mo. native has only struckout 10 times in 127 at-bats this season. Klonowski is second on the team in batting average with a .299 clip.
THERE’S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Freshman Jon Savarise will make his first start for Northern Illinois Tuesday versus Bradley, after 13 appearances and 13.0 innings in relief. Savarise boasts a 0.0 ERA with one run surrendered, nine strikeouts, seven walks and only 10 hits scattered. He has one save this season, hurling four innings at Murray State March 13 to earn the honor.
ONE CLUTCH CATCHER
Junior Nate Ruzich came up with three clutch swings Sunday to clinch the sweep versus Western Michigan, accounting for four RBI to give Northern Illinois three seperate leads, including the walkoff win. A double down the left field line in the fifth scored two runs, putting NIU in front, 7-6, followed by a single for one in the seventh and finally capped by a shot to third base that sailed to the outfield to give NIU its 9-8 victory.
What looked the size of a sequoia from the press box, junior Landon Tenhagen swung a big bat versus the Broncos, accounting for two home runs and four RBI to create a momentum sea change over the weekend. Saturday, Tenhagen muscled one into the wind and off the left centerfield scoreboard to give NIU a 2-0 lead, while Sunday’s put the Huskies back within two runs after a lead off solo homer in the fourth. Tenhagen has three home runs to lead the team, along with 17 RBI. Tenhagen leads the MAC in league home runs through four weeks of play.
LEADING OFF AND DOING IT WELL
In the Huskies four games last week, senior Jamison Wells reached base 11 times in 19 plate appearances. In his time on base, he accounted for three runs and three stolen bases in seven attempts.
SCOUTING THE BRAVES
Bradley owns an 11-19 record this season are coming off an 0-3 series versus Wichita State last weekend. The midweek game will be the BRaves first since an April 2 showdown with Eureka, a 20-0 seven inning victory by BU. Though the team is below .500, the Braves batting average sits at .300, thanks in large part to Mike Tauchman’s .398 average. Tauchman fills up the stat sheet with a 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 30 RBI and 16 stolen bases. The pitching staff for Bradley enters the game with a 6.63 ERA with 199 strikeouts and 148 walks.
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
Illinois-Chicago is an even .500 currently at 16-16, but will take on Chicago State Tuesday, before coming to DeKalb. The Flames are .500 in the Horizon League as well with a 6-6 clip. One of the biggest highlights in the season for UIC was a season-opening win at No. 24 Texas A&M on Feb. 15, 2-0. Tyler Detmer boasts a .327 batting average this season with a team-leading eight doubles. In the power department, Ryan Boss and Alex Grunenwald have five home runs with 20 plus RBI.
The Huskies will hit the road for their third MAC road series of the season, when it takes off for Ohio April 19-21.