For the first time since 2011, Northern Illinois baseball swept Mid-American Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week honors as pitcher Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) and second baseman/pitcher Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) collected the accolades. Anderson is the reigning MAC West Pitcher of the Week following a complete shutout versus Kent State.
Klonowski made his presence felt at the plate and on the mound, batting 9-for-12 (.750), sporting an on base percentage of .786 and striking out eight in five innings on the mound for his third win of the season. He also added three runs, two RBI, a walk, a stolen base and was hit by a pitch at the plate. Klonowski reached base successfully in every plate appearance Friday and Sunday, batting 4-for-4 in both games with a walk Friday and his hit by pitch Sunday. As the NIU hurler on Easter, he struck out eight batters over five innings with only one walk and one earned run surrendered.
Northern Illinois will return to action Wednesday afternoon when it hosts Milwaukee in its home opener. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m.
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