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HustleBelt.com has some MAC baseball deliberations for the grassroots fans. Northern Illinois University senior RHP/INF Alex Klonowski or "Klono" -- as fans refer to him – registered his second complete game shutout of the college baseball season this past weekend on Sunday, against a scrappy Western Michigan ball club.
Klonowski (Kearney, Missouri/Kearney) was christened the Mid-American Conference’s West Division Pitcher of the Week by conference officials Monday.
The first endowment of the prestigious honor came on April 7, 2014 after an outing against Toledo, in which the 6-feet-3 inch 130 pound two-way threat logged a one-hit, complete game shutout performance.
Against Missouri, Klono fanned eight unwary hitters while only allowing one base-on-balls. He permitted seven hits over nine innings pitched and sent 123 pitches to the plate for looks, in a tremendous effort on the mound against the Broncos.
The first seven frames of the Huskie vs WMU tilt remained scoreless while waiting for Brandon Mallder to double in the top of the eighth frame, and bring Brian Sisler home to score from second base.
Sunday’s victory put Klonowski at 3-4 on the mound for the season, and brought his ERA down to a solid 2.61 over a span of 72.1 IP.
The MAC stud with a Bugs Bunny changeup now has three complete games notched on his belt for the year, and is begrudgingly permitting his adversaries to bat .219 against him and has put up a healthy 1.15 WHIP.