DeKALB — The baseball team lost its road game Tuesday to the instate rival Illinois State Tuesday 10-2.
The Huskies were down just 3-1 in the sixth until the Redbirds scored six runs to leap out ahead. Head Coach Mike Kunigonis said the inning cost the team in the end.
“One tough inning allowed this game to get away from us,” Kunigonis said. “We had some opportunities early to extend our lead but couldn’t capitalize. We need to be better with those opportunities.”
Junior infielder Dylan Lonteen scored the first run of the game with an RBI triple to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
The Redbirds took the lead in the third with a game-tying RBI by sophomore shortstop Aidan Huggins and a go-ahead RBI by junior outfielder John Rave.
Huggins and Rave were among those putting up runs for ISU in the sixth, alongside a two-run blast by senior infielder Derek Parola.
Junior catcher Jake Dunham picked up the only other RBI for the Huskies in the 10-2 final.
Redbirds sophomore pitcher Brett Wicklund was credited with the win, pitching six innings and allowing only four hits. Huskies junior pitcher Blake Walker was given the loss for NIU.
The Huskies record falls to 12-28 with only one non-conference game left on the schedule. NIU will now travel for a three-game road series against the Miami of Ohio Redhawks. The first game of the series starts at 3 p.m. Friday in Oxford, Ohio.