Bynum helps NIU Huskies punch ticket to MAC Tournament

May 19, 2017

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Scooter Bynum

Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks sparked an 11th inning rally that helped Northern Illinois beat Miami of Ohio 11-7 in extra innings during Mid-American Conference action in Oxford, Ohio.

It’s fitting since the leadoff hitter from Alaska has been on fire for the last month.

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic fame, has been scorching at the plate over the last 16 games with a .428 batting average.

The junior transfer a big reason why Northern Illinois is playing in the MAC Tournament for just the second time in the last decade.

Bynum went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored in tonight’s win over Miami. He led off the 11th with a single and eventually scored the go-ahead run.

He leads the NCAA D1 Huskies in batting average [.307], slugging percentage [.434], stolen bases [13], total bases [82] and runs [35] in 51 games.

Bynum also almost single-handedly carried Northern Illinois into the postseason. Over the last 16 games, the team’s winning percentage is .375 [6-10]. That might not seem like much until you consider the Huskies were 10-26 before Bynum’s hitting spree.

He collected base hits in 14 of those 16 games and raised his season average 51 points.