June 28, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Northern Illinois pitcher Eli Anderson (Glenview, Ill./New Trier) was named to the Mid-American Conference’s All-Academic team Friday afternoon. Anderson was a first team All-MAC pitcher and averaged a 3.75 grade point average during the 2012-13 school year, including a 4.0 last fall. He holds a 3.20 GPA and is earning his degree in psychology.
Anderson is the fourth Academic All-MAC selection for the Northern Illinois baseball program in the last three seasons.
“This is a great honor for Northern Illinois University, the baseball program and for Eli,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “This is very well deserved. Eli is a hard working kid in the classroom and on the field. It’s good to see all that hard work is paying for him now.”
A starting pitcher, Anderson finished the season with a 9-4 record to tie the NIU record for wins in a single season. The junior led the Mid-American Conference in earned average (2.18), innings pitched (115.1) and in complete games (6). Anderson also pitched a shutout, a 3-0 victory over 2012 College World Series qualifier Kent State, and earned a combined shutout with Kevin Sweeney at Toledo May 3. He struckout 76 batters while walking 26 during the 2013 campaign.
At season’s end, Anderson was named first team All-Mid American Conference and was named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, given to the Breakout Player of the Year in Division I college baseball.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.
2013 Baseball Academic All-MAC Team
Cody Campbell, Ball State, Pre-Med, 3.93 GPA
T.J. Losby, Bowling Green, Accounting, 3.285 GPA
River McWilliams, Buffalo, Business Management, 3.222 GPA
Matt Trowbridge, Central Michigan, Accounting, 3.97 GPA
Lee Longo, Eastern Michigan, Communications, 3.35 GPA
Sam Ott, Eastern Michigan, Business, 3.52 GPA
Adam Sonabend, Eastern Michigan, Business, 3.52 GPA
Evan Campbell, Kent State, Business Management, 3.24 GPA
Brian Clark, Kent State, Exercise Science, 3.84 GPA
Sawyer Polen, Kent State, Exercise Science, 3.44 GPA
George Roberts, Kent State, Physical Education, 3.21 GPA Eli Anderson, Northern Illinois, Psychology, 3.20 GPA
Matt Delewski, Toledo, Exercise Science, 3.41 GPA
Tyler Grogg, Toledo, Electrical Engineering Technology, 3.38 GPA
Ben Hammer, Toledo, Exercise Science, 3.90 GPA
Andrew Marra, Toledo, Pre-Medical Studies, 4.00 GPA
James Miglin, Toledo, Exercise Science, 3.89 GPA
Andrew Sohn, Western Michigan, Pre-Business, 3.32 GPA