Senior Alex Jones has been named the Mid-American Conference’s West Division Player of the Week after finishing the week perfect in the infield and batting .500 at the plate, the conference office announced Monday.
The honor is Jones’ first of the season and the third of his career.
The Kansas City, Kan., native finished the week with seven hits in 14 at-bats (.500), driving in six RBI, scoring three runs and adding four walks, a double and a stolen base. He would go on to record an astonishing on-base percentage of .714 and boost his season percentage to.407. Jones has reached base safely in his last 20 games played and 23 times in 26 appearances in 2012.
In the Huskies first MAC home game versus Akron on March 30, Jones was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a stolen base and four RBI, leading NIU to its first conference win of the season, 10-5. Against UW-Milwaukee on March 27, the Huskie drew three walks and was 1-for-2 at the plate, scoring one run against the Panthers. In the field he combined for zero errors, nine assists and six putouts.
Jones is the Huskies leader in batting average with a .333 clip and leads NIU in doubles (10) and RBI (19). Against Illinois on March 17, Jones set the Northern Illinois triples record with the 12th of his career, breaking the record set by Tom Wittum (1969-72) and Jeff Sevenich (1977-80).
The Huskies will return to action Friday, April 6, for a three-game conference series against Ohio. First pitch on Friday is set for 3:05 p.m.