Nov. 21, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois baseball team announced the addition of four right-handed pitchers in its early signing class of 2013 Wednesday morning. Skipper Ed Mathey, now in his 11th season at Northern Illinois, will welcome three transfers, highlighted by one Northwoods League Summer All-Star, one of the tallest players in program history and one incoming freshman for the 2014 season.
“This year's freshman class is heavy in left-handed pitching and we felt like we needed to balance that out,” said Mathey. “Looking at our future needs, you can never go wrong with pitching because it always plays out that way in Mid-American Conference play. Our goal is to be MAC Champions and that's how we went about this recruiting class.
Three players in the class of 2013 are from the state of Illinois, Andrew Frankenreider (Peoria), Seth Fuller (Moline) and TJ Schrader (Mackinaw), while the other, Dirk Ormsby, is from next door in Logonier, Ind.
Fuller played last summer with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, where he was a Northwoods League South Division All-Star. Ormsby is the the tallest baseball player in Northern Illinois baseball history since left-handed pitcher Larry Funsch (1978-79) at 6’8”.
With 14 freshman on this year’s NIU baseball team, Mathey addressed the team’s need for junior college transfers with experience under their belts.
“It was a period of assessment to see not only what our recruiting needs were, but also with our current team from the new perspective of our coaches. I think we were all unanimous that we could definitely use more arms on the right handed side.
“We had several guys on campus and we are very excited about these four guys. We think there are some short-term things that will come to fruition very quick with these guys and a couple things that will play out over time as well. Credit to our coaches Todd Coryell and Tom Carcione, I think they did a great job finding us some quality individuals.”
Full bios of the November signees with quotes from Coach Mathey can be read and seen below.
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Seth Fuller | 6-3 | RHP | Moline, Ill. (Moline/Western Illinois)
Dirk Ormsby | 6-8 | RHP | Logonier, Ind. (West Noble/Kellog Community College)
TJ Schrader | 6-1 | RHP | Mackinaw, Ill. (Dee-Mack/Illinois Central)
Andrew Frankenreider | 6-1 | RHP | Peoria, Ill. (Dunlap)
Northern Illinois’ lone high school signee in November signing period, entering with three transfers
DUNALP HIGH SCHOOL:
Ranked the 66th best prospect in the state of Illinois by PBR … Listed as a top-performer at the PBR Top-Prospect Showcase … Represented Central Illinois in the Suburban Showcase … Eagles finished the 2012 season 16-20 and as runner-up in the region … Team captain … Made 13 appearances on the mound and 10 starts, finishing 3-7 with one save … Hurled five complete games and 71 strikeouts … Carried a 4.32 ERA in 58 innings pitched … Had a productive summer with the Central Illinois Outlaws, finishing with an 8-3 record and a 2.67 ERA … Made four saves and struckout 82 batters in 67 innings.
Born October 13, 1994 … Son of Scot and Missy Frankenreider … Father, Scot, was a four-year golf letterwinner at Bradley … Intends to become a business major … Member of the National Honor Society at Dunlap …DHS honor roll student … Enjoys spending time with his brothers and reading … Member of the Leaf Club … Worked with the Dunlap youth baseball and basketball recreation programs … Admires Roy Halliday because of his mental approach to the game.
COACH MATHEY ON FRANKENREIDER:
“Andrew is going to be a senior high school this year and he should be able to go out and have himself a real good year for Dunlap High school. He's a kid that has some up end to him in terms of his athleticism. His body needs to mature a little bit but we feel that it's going to do that. With his smooth and effortless throwing motion, he reminded me of a young Trevor Feeney. So we're hoping he can follow the same path that Trevor did.”
Moline, Ill. (Moline/Western Illinois)
Played for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the Northwoods League in Summer, being named to the South Division All-Star team … Pitched 24 games, earning nine saves and a 5-4 record with 31 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA … Will be playing his sophomore year at Black Hawk Community College .
Made 10 relief appearances during freshman year … Posted a 1-1 record with three saves and a 4.61 ERA … Collected 10 strikeouts on the year … Earned his first career save in first career appearance and the Leathernecks season-opener at Georgia State (Feb. 17); pitched two innings and surrendered one run … Earned second save in WIU's 7-4 win at Georgia (March 4) … Recorded his final save of the year at Xavier, with two strikeouts in two innings (March 25) … Earned first career win in 2.2 innings versus Southern Utah, fanning three batters (April 8).
MOLINE HIGH SCHOOL:
Four-time letter winner ... All-Conference selection in 2010 and 2011 ... All-Metro (Dispatch/Argus) in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... All-Metro Player of the Year (Dispatch/Argus) ... Team Captain ... All-Metro Quad City Times ... Pitcher of the year (Dispatch/Argus) in 2010 and 2011 ... Went 10-2 with a 1.28 ERA in senior season … Averaged 7.7 strikeouts per seven innings … Hit .358 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 2011 … Western Big 6 Conference Champions in 2009 and 2011 ... Regional Champions in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Legion World Series participant in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Great Lakes Champions... State Champions ... District & Division Champions ... Iowa state champion during his freshman year at Davenport Assumption ... Threw a perfect game against United Township and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Galesburg in the conference title game.
Born Sept. 19, 1992 ... Son of Jake Fuller and Lisa Rubio ... Plans to major in history.
COACH MATHEY ON FULLER
“Seth Fuller played his first year at Western Illinois and is a guy Coach Coryell knows very well. He is a guy that has a four-pitch mix, throws them all for strikes and played in the Northwoods League over the summer and was an all-star up there with Wisconsin Rapids so we're excited to have him here.
Logonier, Ind. (West Noble/Kellog Community College)
Tallest player in the program since left-handed pitcher Larry Funsch (1978-79)
KELLOGG COMMUNITY COLLEGE:
Team finished with a 35-23 record, winning the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Championship with an 18-6 mark … Pitched and started 11 games on the mound for the Bruins, posting a 5-1 register … Totaled 31 strikeouts in 50 innings with a 2.88 earned run average … Bruins finished as a regional finalist and were fourth place at the NJCAA Division II World Series … Business management major.
WEST NOBLE HIGH SCHOOL:
Three-sport athlete, lettering in tennis four times and three times in both baseball and basketball … Earned all-area honors in baseball, basketball and tennis in senior season … Named All-NECC distinction on the court and on the diamond … Nine-time team captain and eight-time team captain … Held a 4-5 record on the mound during senior year … Held a 1.74 ERA with 95 strikeouts and only 22 walks … Pitched five complete games in same season … Played summer ball with the Indiana Chargers.
Born November 8, 1992 … Son of Bruce Ormsby and Charisse Wolf … Plans to major in finance and minor in business … Would like to own a business… Worked with the New Level Sports STATS Program … Lists fishing, camping and hanging out with friends as hobbies … Looks up to Greg Maddux because of his dedication to the game and determination to succeed.
COACH MATHEY ON ORMSBY
“He’s got more in his tank. Once his body gets stronger, as he gains some weight, the velocity is going to come out of his hand. He's currently touching that magical 90 mark but it's downhill, late out of his hand and he hides the ball. Those are good combinations.”
Mackinaw, Ill. (Dee-Mack/Illinois Central College)
Is playing his freshman season at Illinois Central College after committing to Western Illinois prior to his senior year.
DEE-MACK HIGH SCHOOL:
Three time letter winner and All-Heart of Illinois Conference at Dee-Mack … Three-time McDonalds All-Star game and a Pantagraph All-Star in senior year … All-area selection in both Peoria and Bloomington in senior season … The Chiefs all-time leader in strikeouts during his career and in a season … Led team to consecutive conference championships, as well as regional and sectional championships … Dee-Mack was 22-2 in his final two seasons … Posted 7-2 record on the mound, 1.2 ERA, four saves and 131 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched during senior season … Hurled 74 innings in junior year with a 9-2 record, 122 strikeouts and 1.61 ERA … Solid batter for the Cheifs as well, hitting .453 in his career 135-for-298) … Batted .500 in 2012, with three home runs, 13 doubles, five triples, 34 runs and 32 RBI … Hit a career-high 14 doubles in sophomore season … Played his high school summer ball with the Central Illinois Outlaws.
Born January 27, 1994 … Son Jenn Reader … Member of Peer Pals group … Enjoys fishing, bowling and movies … Admires Derek Jeter because of his leadership skills and how he carries himself.
COACH MATHEY ON SCHRADER
“TJ is a guy who's coming in with college experience and he'll have three more years to play for us. We've seen him play on tape numerous times, we've talked to numerous scouts and they like his athleticism, they like his action and the way he attacks the strikezone, so we like his potential here.”