“It’s a great day for Jake and Northern Illinois baseball,” said head coach Ed Mathey, “regardless of what round it is, it’s always a good thing to be drafted. It allows the opportunity to play professional baseball and Jake has a passion for that.”
Hermsen is the ninth player to be drafted under Mathey, who just finished his 10th season at the helm of NIU baseball.
He closed his NIU career May 19 against Ball State, finishing the 2012 season with a 3-8 record on the bump with an earned run average of 5.13. The lefty struck out 66 batters during the season in 86.0 innings pitched, both team-highs. On May 5, Hermsen struck out a career-high 11 batters against Central Michigan and also hurled the second complete game of his career.
In his first three seasons, Hermsen doubled as an outfielder as well, but entered the weekend pitching rotation as NIU’s Saturday starter. He closed his career with an 8-12 record, 149 strikeouts, 106 walks and a career ERA of 6.89 in 175 innings of work. At the plate, Hermsen closed his career with .194 batting average, with four home runs, two doubles and 17 RBI.
He is the last Huskie pitcher to record two 10-plus strikeout games in his NIU career, doing so against Iowa April 21, 2010 as well. Hermsen dexterity was put to the test in 2012, posting 138 pitches in a 3-1 loss against Ohio April 7, striking out seven.