Huskie Briefs: April 12

By Andrew Singer

Gonzales garners MAC POTW honor

Coming off a three-hit complete game shutout over the weekend, NIU starting pitcher Jeremy Gonzales was named MAC West Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon. This is the first time in Gonzales’ four years at NIU that he has earned the distinction. Gonzales was perfect through 5.2 innings on Sunday, until a single up the middle put a halt to any hopes of perfection. The right-hander didn’t issue a single walk in his complete-game effort, the first time that any Huskie pitcher has accomplished the feat since 2007.

Track athletes named MAC first-teamers

Jenner Sio and Mary Bull of the NIU track & field team were both named to the All-MAC Indoor Academic First Team on Monday. Sio, who garners the distinction for the second-straight season, has a 4.0 grade point average, while majoring in management. On the field this season, Sio won the long jump at Eastern Illinois’ Early Bird Invitational in addition to taking the triple jump at the Illinois State Invitational.

Bull holds a less-than-perfect 3.9 GPA, and majors in nursing. The Peoria native finished in the top 10 five times for the shot put this indoor season. A sixth-place toss of 40-9.50 at the Early Bird Invitational marked a personal best for Bull.

Women’s golf in tie for third at tourney

A first-round score of 317 on Monday afternoon placed the NIU women’s golf team in a tie for third at the Loyola Invitational at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Ill. Senior Michelle Caporusso is only two shots behind Western Illinois’ Claire Gursh after shooting an opening round of 76. Caporusso shot a 37 on the front nine, before hitting a 39 on the back nine. Western Illinois is in first place after shooting a 311 in the first round.

Men’s golf finishes eleventh in Mo.

A solid third round from the NIU men’s golf team helped the Huskies finish 11th at last week’s Mizzou Intercollegiate. The finish is the best for NIU since the season-opening Snowman Getaway hosted by Washington State University in February. Senior Jeff Dick was the only Huskie to finish in the overall top 20, finishing 16th with an overall score of 232. The Huskies return to action this weekend when they will travel to Muncie, Ind. for Ball State’s Yestingsmeier Invitational.