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Baseball sets program record of 15 academic selections for all MACs

Baseball sets program record of 15 academic selections for all MACs
Baseball sets program record of 15 academic selections for all MACs


Baseball | 21st of June

DEKALB, IL The Northern Illinois University baseball team named 15 student-athletes to the Academic All-MAC Team on Friday, the Mid-American Conference announced.

The 15 Academic All-MAC selections are a program record, surpassing last season's 10 selections. It tied Western Michigan for the most conference honors this season.

“I am extremely proud of our student-athletes' commitment to academic excellence,” said the head coach Ryan Copeland. “We ask a lot of our guys and to lead the MAC with 15 awards is very impressive.”

Erik Erato (Sussex, Wis./Sussex Hamilton) earned his third Academic All-MAC selection this season after being named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team for the second time earlier this month. The senior graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree in sports management with a 3,893 grade point average. He earned All-MAC second team honors after leading NIU in batting average, on-base percentage, walks and stolen bases. Erato was also an All-Defensive Team selection with a .995 fielding percentage at both second base and the outfield.

Colin Summerhill (Chicago, Ill./Troy) was named to the Academic All-MAC Team for the first time in his career. He was also an All-MAC Second Team and a CSC Academic All-District honoree. Summerhill set NIU's single-season home run record this year with 19, surpassing the previous record of 15 set in 2003. He led the Huskies with 65 runs batted in, the second-most in a single season in program history.

Five Huskies earned their second Academic All-MAC honors. Seniors André Demetral (Rochester, Mich./Florence Darling Tech), Aaron Harper (Hemet, California/Mt. St. Jacinto CC), Mason Kelley (Mt. Washington, Ky./Schoolcraft College) and Reagan Klawiter (Verona, Wis./Madison College), along with junior Conner Lutes (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) were all named to the Academic All-MAC Team. Klawiter led the MAC with 34 relief appearances this season, which ranked eighth in the nation. Demetral was named to the CSC Academic All-District Team for the second time earlier this month.

Spencer Bartel (Sun Prairie, Wis./Madison College), Jacob Draeger (Johnston, Iowa/DMACC), Dominic Hann (Washington, Michigan/State of Michigan), DJ Hesse (Germantown, Wis./College of Lake County), Ryan Linkletter (McHenry, Ill./Iowa Central CC), Sam Pederson (Verona, Wis./McHenry CC), Parker Shupe (Johnson, Iowa/Kirkwood CC) and Jackson Stewart (Urbandale, Iowa/DMACC) was named to the Academic All-MAC Team for the first time. Hann was also named to the CSC Academic All-District Team this season.

To be eligible for the Academic All-MAC Team, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 and have played in at least 50 percent of the games that season.

The Huskies finished the season with a 21-33 record, an 11-win improvement from 2023 and a nine-win improvement in league play at 14-16.


2024 NIU Academic All-MAC Baseball Selections
Spencer BartelJunior, Accounting, 3.983 GPA
André DemetralSenior, organizational and business communication, 3.639 GPA%
Jacob DraegerSenior, Sports Management, 3.267 GPA
Erik EratoSenior, Sports Management, 3.893 GPA#%
Dominic HannSenior, Kinesiology, 3.858 GPA
Aaron HarperSenior, Sports Management, 3.933 GPA%
DJ HesseSenior, Leadership and Management, 3.678 GPA
Mason KelleySenior, Sports Management, 3.872 GPA%
Reagan KlawiterSenior, Political Science, 3.35 GPA%
Ryan LinkletterSenior, Finance, 3.716 GPA
Conner LutesJunior, Business Administration, 3.382 GPA%
Sam PedersonSenior, Criminology, 3.355 GPA
Parker ShupeSenior, Sports Management, 3.772 GPA
Jackson StewartSenior, Business Administration, 3.37 GPA
Colin SummerhillSenior, Business Administration, 3.584 GPA

# – Academic selection for all MACs 2022
% – Academic selection for all MACs 2023




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