Bynum finds his groove, batting stroke at Northern Illinois

March 4, 2017

Roderick Scooter Bynum baseball

Scooter Bynum

Back-to-back two-hit games helped Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks raise his batting average 56 points in one day for the Northern Illinois University baseball team.

The junior transfer went a combined 4-for-9 at the plate in a doubleheader loss to Southern Illinois during NCAA D1 play in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Three of his four hits went for extra bases, including his first double and triple, in this his ninth and tenth game with the Huskies.

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic High fame, raised his season average to .278 and extended his hitting streak to five games.

The starting centerfielder has reached base in all 10 games this season.

Bynum leads Northern Illinois in runs [7], walks [7] and triples [1] while ranking second in total bases [14] and on-base percentage [.422].

A former Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year in both baseball and basketball his senior year of high school, he was drafted in the MLB when the Cincinnati Reds picked him in the 16th round.

Bynum is one of only two non-pitchers from Alaska to be drafted in the first 20 rounds.

Last season at Arizona Western College, he set career highs in batting average [.351], slugging percentage [.551], doubles [12], triples [5] and home runs [5] in 51 games.