May 20, 2009
DeKALB, Ill. - Less than 48 hours after being named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week for his outstanding accomplishments in the last week of the regular season, Jordin Hood (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) was named to the All-MAC second team late last night for his consistent top-notch performance throughout the entire 2009 season.
"It's nice to see Jordin get some recognition," said NIU head coach Ed Mathey, who has had 16 All-MAC award winners in his seven seasons at NIU and has 54 all-conference performers throughout his career. "It was a pretty competitive hitting league this year. Obviously Jordin has improved each year and he made the move to the outfield this year where there are a lot of good hitters in the MAC. So being on the second team is a pretty good accomplishment. Jordin should be proud of it because I know we are."
The honor, which is voted on by the conference coaches, has been given to Hood two times now in his three years as a Huskie, making him the sixth Huskie to be selected to an All-MAC team more than once in a career. He first earned the award as a freshman, along with being named a freshman all-american by Louisville Slugger, Collegiate Baseball and Ping! Baseball.
The talented junior finished the season with a .474 on-base percentage (sixth in MAC), 57 runs (tied for sixth in MAC), 76 hits (eighth in MAC), a .382 average (ninth in MAC), 14 steals (tied for ninth in MAC) and 125 total bases (10th in MAC). He also had 46 runs batted in, 15 doubles, two triples, 10 homeruns, 12 walks, a .628 slugging percentage, and was hit by 23 pitches (tied for third in nation). Additionally, he had 24 multiple-hit games and 13 multi-RBI contests, while he had a career-best hitting streak of 18 games from February 27 to March 27.
He tied his single game career-high of three runs on two occasions and tied his career-best with four hits on May 14 against Western Michigan. He had a pair of two-steal games to set a new career mark and drove in a career-best five runs and had his third career multi-homer game on May 12 against UW-Milwaukee.
Overall, Hood set career-highs in batting average, runs, hits, doubles, homers, RBI and steals, while he also finished the 2009 season ranking in the top ten in several categories of the NIU record book. His 76 hits in 2009 rank in a tie for third on the single season all-time NIU list, while his junior campaign also ranks fifth in runs scored (57), eighth in RBI (46) and tied for 10th in homers (10). He now ranks fourth in program history in hits (204), tied for fourth in homeruns (23), tied for fifth in triples (7), sixth in doubles (36), sixth in RBI (118), seventh in at-bats (614), seventh in steals (37) and eighth in runs scored (127).