Huskies Host Zips in Senior Weekend

GO HUSKIES Sophomore Brian Sisler is on a 10-game game hitting streak that started Easter Sunday versus Central Michigan.
GO HUSKIES
Sophomore Brian Sisler is on a 10-game game hitting streak that started Easter Sunday versus Central Michigan.
GO HUSKIES

May 8, 2014

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2014 Northern Illinois Baseball Notes | Week 13
Northern Illinois Huskies (15-32-1; 9-12 MAC)
Akron Zips (23-23; 10-11 MAC)
DeKalb, Illinois | Ralph McKinzie Field
Friday, May 9 vs Akron (3:05 p.m.)
Saturday, May 10 vs Akron (1:05 p.m.)
Sunday, May 11 vs Akron (1:05 p.m.)
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS’ PITCHING ROTATION
Friday: LHP Anthony Andres (3-5)
    2014 stats: 50.2 IP, 3.02 ERA, 22 K, 31 BB, 1.53 WHIP
Saturday: RHP Eli Anderson (1-5)
    2014 stats: 63.0 IP, 4.43 ERA, 50 K, 19 BB, 1.38 WHIP
Sunday: RHP Alex Klonowski (2-4)
    2014 stats: 63.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, 40 K, 25 BB, 1.18 WHIP

AKRON’S PITCHING ROTATION
Friday: LHP John Valek (4-4)
    2014 stats: 69.2 IP, 2.58 ERA, 23 K, 17 BB, 1.44 WHIP
Saturday: RHP JT Brubaker (3-4)
    2014 stats: 54.0 IP, 3.67 ERA, 37 K, 29 BB, 1.50 WHIP
Sunday: LHP Pat Dyer (3-3)
    2014 stats: 44.1 IP, 5.28 ERA, 37 K, 15 BB, 1.72 WHIP

LEADOFFS

• The Huskies will honor its seven seniors on Sunday, with pre game ceremonies beginning at 12:25 p.m.
• NIU has won the last two series against Akron and has won four-straight games versus the Zips.
• Northern Illinois last took the series at Ralph McKinzie Field versus UA in 2012.
• Against Kent State last weekend, the top-offensive team in the MAC, NIU’s pitchers recorded 22 strikeouts.
• Northern Illinois is looking for its first series victory at home this weekend against Akron.

GRADUATION REMINDER
This weekend will be a heavily trafficked one in DeKalb as students are graduating from Northern Illinois University. Graduate students will walk Friday night at the Convocation Center with a reception starting at 4 p.m. Saturday will be the busiest day on campus as the Convocation Center will host three graduations (9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.).

A BIG SERIES
NIU and Akron are in a unique situation with two week remaining in the season. With a head-to-head series this weekend and the Zips one game ahead of NIU in the MAC standings, the two teams are fighting for a MAC Tournament berth. While Akron played Ball State last weekend, it will close the season at Kent State next weekend, both of whom NIU closes the the season with over the last three weeks of 2014.

THE GIANT KILLER
After tossing his second complete of the season, NIU pitcher Eli Anderson was named MAC West Pitcher of the Week, his first honor this season and the fourth of his career. Anderson’s pinpoint control guided him to 11 strikeouts with only one walk in the game. Of his 142 pitches, 95 went for strikes. The win improved his career record versus Kent State to 2-0 with two complete games, a shutout, 19 strikeouts, four walks and an ERA of 1.00.

HALF OF A MILLENNIUM
When you stick around in the coaching business for 21 seasons, wins are bound to pile up during your career. NIU Head Coach Ed Mathey, with 12 seasons at Northern Illinois and another nine at North Central College, has accounted for 497 wins in his career in 1,039 games for an all-time win percentage of .480. With three more wins, Mathey will win his 500th game of his career and account for the 295th win of his NIU career.

APPROACHING 200
Senior pitcher Eli Anderson has been a strikeout machine for the Huskies over the last two seasons, combining for 140 over the last two seasons (6.46 K/9). With 193 in his career at Northern Illinois University, Anderson is seven strikeouts shy of reaching the 200 mark in his career and becoming only the fourth Huskie in a career to do so. Former Huskie Zach Minor (2001-04) was the last NIU pitcher to accomplish the feat and did so on May 22, 2004 in a five strikeout performance versus Toledo as he picked up his NIU record 20th career victory.

THAT STREAKER SISLER
NIU shortstop Brian Sisler has put together a nice little streak for himself since returning to the NIU lineup on Easter Sunday against Central Michigan on April 20. The DeKalb, Illinois native started a 10-game hitting streak day and has posted a .400 batting average in that time with an on-base percentage of .500. With only five strikeouts in that time, Sisler has been the perfect fit as the Huskies No. 3 hitter in the last three games. Sisler was 4-for-12 (.333) at Kent State with a double, a triple, two runs and a walk.

SCOUTING THE ZIPS
The Zips are perfect .500 this season with a 23-23 overall mark this season, including a 10-11 record in the Mid-American Conference. In their last three conference series, Akron is 1-8 with its lone victory last Friday over Ball State, 5-2. Joe Havrilak, Devin Ahart and Kris Simonton are UA’s top-three hitters this season, each with a clip above .300. Havrilak leads the team with a clip of .315 along with six doubles and three home runs. Friday starter John Valek has been the team’s top pitcher with a 4-4 record in 11 starts on the mound. In 69.2 innings, Valek carries a 2.58 ERA with a complete game shutout at Ohio on April 11 to his credit.

NEXT UP
The Huskies will play a doubleheader at UW-Milwaukee Tuesday, May 13, starting at 3 p.m. Central. Both games are scheduled for seven innings. NIU will close the season with a series versus current MAC leader Ball State at home, starting Thursday, May 15.

The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois14
Akron4
March 31, 2013
Avon, Ohio
Huskies Sweep Akron Series With 14-4 Easter Sunday Win
Pressure - the burden of physical or mental distress, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Northern Illinois (8-17, 4-2 MAC) did not carry a burden or feel distress versus Akron (4-20, 2-4 MAC) on Easter Sunday as it scored 11 of its 14 runs with two outs to sweep the series and defeat the Zips, 14-4 ...


 

 

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