Huskies ride 14 hits to second straight victory


James Krause

The baseball team rode a season-high 14 hits and held off a late surge to beat the Belmont Bruins by a score of 7-5 Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Junior infielder Tommy Szczasny started the scoring for the Huskies with an RBI single in the first. Szczasny finished with two hits and a walk to accompany his two RBIs.

Sophomore outfielder Connor Montgomery added to the early lead with a 2-RBI single to right field, giving NIU the early 3-0 lead. Montgomery now has six RBIs just six games into the season.

The Huskies picked up two more runs in the third, with the first coming thanks to an RBI double from junior Kam Smith, and another on a wild pitch.

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NIU got out to a 6-0 lead before Belmont put their first two runs on the board in the fourth.

The Bruins brought their deficit to one with a three-run seventh inning, but it would be the closest they got to the Huskies.

Sophomore pitcher Michael Lasiewicz picked up his first win of the season with a six inning start, striking out seven.

Junior pitcher Nate Thomas picked up his first save of the year with a two-inning relief outing where he struck out three while not allowing a baserunner.

Due to a weather cancelation of its Friday game against Lipscomb, NIU’s Sunday game against Austin Peay has been made a makeup doubleheader to finish their weekend road slate.

The Huskies will play the opening game against the Governors noon Sunday in Clarksville, Tennessee.