DEKALB, Ill. – College Baseball Central spoke with Northern Illinois University shortstop Brian Sisler (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb)Tuesday, who finished 5-for-5 with three doubles, three runs, six RBI and one hit by pitch to safely reach base in all six plate appearances Saturday afternoon at the Governors Challenge as the Huskies defeated Niagara15-5.
Sisler, who led the Huskies last year in batting average (.304), on-base percentage (.406) and slugging percentage (.369), is picking up right where he left off and with the new addition of head coach Mike Kunigonis the Huskies are off to a 3-0 start in 2015.
“Baseball can humble a lot of guys,” Sisler pointed out. “It’s a long year, and I am going to take em where I can get em. But it was nice to see the ball hit the grass after not really swinging the bat much over the break, and then when I did, it seemed like I was not getting any hits at all in practice.”
Sisler’s five hits was a feat that has not been recorded by a Huskie since Joe Buonavolanto did it against Eastern Michigan, on May 10, 2010. Furthermore, Six RBIs in one game by a Huskie batter hasn’t been seen since Jeff Zimmerman logged that feat at UIC, on May 2, 2012. Three doubles, to top it off, is a stat last recorded by an NIU player on April 9, 2011 when Troy White dealt three two-baggers at Miami (Ohio).
“So much of hitting is mental,” Sisler reminds us. “I am just trying to approach every day the same way, and maintain a level head all the time.”
Sisler’s performance was just slightly nudged out for Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors by Central Michigan’s Logan Regnier (Novi, Mich. /Novi).
Regnier was titled the MAC West player of the week for his performance over the weekend in a four-game series at Florida Gulf Coast.
Regnier, a junior outfielder, commanded CMU’s offense with five hits, as well as three triples, and six RBI as CMU won three of the four games in the series.
Sisler made 48 total starts (46 at shortstop) in 49 games last year and concluded the season on a16-game hitting streak, the lengthiest at NIU since 2012 (Jamison Wells, 19 games), as well as registering nine doubles, one triple and 16 RBI with a team-high 29 walks.
So I think it’s safe to say we haven’t seen the last of Sisler’s heroics — to the contrary — I think we are just starting to see what this guy can do. Keep your eyes, and ears open Huskie faithful, Sisler has some more talking to do with that bat.