Recent hot streak has Bynum leading Northern Illinois in hitting

March 21, 2017

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Scooter Bynum

Scooter Bynum is on a tear.

The Northern Illinois centerfielder from Fairbanks is coming off a super series against Michigan in which he went 7-for-16 at the plate on his way to raising his season average to a season-best .338.

The junior transfer now leads NCAA D1 Huskies with 24 hits, five doubles, two triples, eight extra bases and 12 walks.

“I’m just trying to relax and have fun and win some games,” he told me.

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic High fame, ranks second with a .320 batting average and .480 on-base percentage.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound slugger is the only Northern Illinois player to hit a double, triple and home run this season. He’s also the only one to start all 20 games.

“The power numbers come from my approach more than me swinging hard,” he said. “When I have an approach, and get my pitch I’m effective, but when I’m swinging out of the zone and chasing pitches I tend to strikeout more.”

On the flip side, he also leads the Huskies with 21 strikeouts.

“The game totals also lead to strikeouts. I find myself getting a little fatigued from time to time and having to battle through that,” Bynum said. “I’m just trying to work as hard as I can to not waste my opportunity playing D1 ball.”