NIU makes MAC’s scholarly list for first time since 2007
Northern Illinois juniors Kyle Glancy, Tony Manville and Troy White were named to the 2011 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Baseball Team, the league announced Monday.
The triumvirate’s scholarly accomplishment marks the first time the program has received the honor since 2007, when MAC hit king Scott Simon (2003-07) was the lone Huskie recognized.
Prior to the 2011 season, NIU had 19 all-time Academic All-MAC honorees.
“This is tremendous,” said NIU head coach Ed Mathey, who has now tutored six Academic All-MAC selections since 2003. “We’ve had some great accolades this year, but when our kids are getting recognized as student-athletes, it’s a great thing. They are three of our best and brightest. It’s great stuff for all three of them. I’m very happy for them. I’m very proud of them.
“I’m happy for Northern Illinois, not just the baseball program, but the entire athletic department because these kids are representing us well and I want to see that continue.”
Among the 23-person list, the Huskies were one of four schools to have three or more representatives.
As a marketing major with a 3.388 GPA, Glancy went 12-for-15 in save chances during the year, establishing the first 12 saves of his career to rank third and fourth on the single season and career NIU saves lists, respectively.
Converting his first eight save chances, he was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NBCWA) Stopper of the Year watch list.
The Oak Park, Ill., native led the team with a 2.89 ERA and 24 appearances. In 28 innings, he fanned 23 and held opponents to a .262 batting average against while posting a 1-0 record. His 12 saves ranked second in the MAC and 26th in the nation (as of June 13). Glancy’s 2011 ERA, appearances, saves and batting average against were all career bests.
Manville posted a 9-1 record in his first year in a Huskie uniform, ending the season riding a nine-game winning streak (ranked 10th in the nation as of June 1).
The history major with a 3.361 GPA went undefeated in MAC play as his nine wins tied the NIU single season record. Leading the MAC in wins during the regular season, he was named a Second Team All-MAC selection. After transferring from Iowa, the New Lenox, Ill., native established career bests of a 4.73 ERA, 72.1 innings, 21 appearances, 10 starts and 42 strikeouts.
A two-time 2011 MAC West Division Player of the Week honoree, White enjoyed a career year.
The business administration major with a 3.25 GPA established career marks for batting average (.304), runs (46), doubles (11), triples (4), home runs (3), RBI (45), total bases (94), walks (28), slugging percentage (.433), on-base percentage (.388) and steals (12).
Ranking ninth in the MAC in runs and triples, the Chicago native was named a Second Team All-MAC performer. During the year, he also set a new career-long hitting streak of 17 games.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for student-athletes who have 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.