Baseball swept in Indiana

Ryan Ostry

DeKALB — The baseball team (4-14) could not measure up to the Big Ten talent in Bloomington, Indiana, this past weekend as it got swept by the No. 14 ranked Indiana Hoosiers, putting the losing streak at eight games.

NIU got blown out in the first game of the weekend series by a final score of 18-0 where the Huskies did not have a pitcher go more than three innings.

Game two resulted in a better effort from NIU, as junior pitcher Tanner Foster went seven innings, but it was not enough and resulted in a 4-3 defeat by the Hoosiers.

The finale of the three-game set featured freshman pitcher Michael Lasiewicz, who went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs resulting in another 4-3 loss.

“We’re disappointed in the outcome, but I’m happy we played up to our capabilities the last two games of the series,” said Head Coach Mike Kunigonis.

Friday — Hoosiers 18, Huskies 0

The Hoosiers didn’t waste any time on offense, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead in the first inning.

Huskie senior pitcher Donovin Sims threw three innings and gave up nine runs off of eight hits and five walks.

Indiana junior pitcher Jonathan Stiever pitched six scoreless innings for the Hoosiers, giving up just two hits while striking out six.

“Anytime you play a team like this, it gets you ready to play at a higher level,” Kunigonis said. “We were just a couple plays away from beating one of the top teams in the country the last couple days.”

Saturday — Hoosiers 4, Huskies 3

The second game of the series featured strong pitching from both teams.

Foster went seven innings and gave up four hits and two runs while striking out seven batters.

“[Foster] has thrown very well back-to-back weekends now,” Kunigonis said. “We recruited him knowing what type of talent he had, and he’s definitely showing it.”

NIU got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning when redshirt freshman outfielder Kam Smith stole home plate after an error made by the Hoosiers.

Indiana matched that run in the bottom of the inning, followed by one run in the sixth and two in the eighth inning.

The Hoosiers belted two homers on the day coming off the bats of senior outfielder Logan Sowers and junior infielder Luke Miller.

Sunday- Hoosiers 4, Huskies 3

The finale of the series resulted in another tough loss for NIU as the offense couldn’t get over the three-run hump.

Lasiewicz went 5.2 innings giving up three runs, seven hits, striking out five and throwing 101 pitches on the afternoon.

The Huskies had their biggest inning coming in the top of the eighth as they scored all three of their runs.

NIU senior catcher Joe Jumonville led the way for the Huskie offense going 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI.

Hoosier sophomore pitcher Cameron Beauchamp went six innings for Indiana giving up four hits striking out three.

NIU will look to snap its eight-game losing streak against the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5:05 p.m. Wednesday in South Bend, Indiana.