Baseball gets shut out

By Scott A. Nicol

DeKALB — The baseball team was shutout for the first time in 28 games this season when it lost to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers 2-0 Tuesday.

This marked the third consecutive loss for the Huskies (8-20, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) and their third consecutive midweek loss.

“We faced a really good team [Tuesday] and came out on the wrong side of a pitcher’s duel,” said Head Coach Mike Kunigonis, according to NIU Media Services.

The pitching stood strong for NIU, as it only surrendered two runs — one earned — on five hits, including three and 1/3 scoreless innings from junior starting pitcher George Faue, who gave up one hit and struck out three.

“[Faue] gave us a quality start, and we ultimately had solid performances from all of our arms today,” Kunigonis said.

NIU used four relievers to pitch the last five and 2/3 innings, including two and 2/3 innings from sophomore William Anderson, who gave up the first run of the game after throwing a pick-off attempt into center field to allow Panthers junior catcher Daulton Varsho to score from first base.

Milwaukee (8-17, 0-9 Horizon League) scored its second run off of freshman pitcher Jacob Delabio in the eighth inning when senior outfielder Chris Kelly led off the inning with a triple before being singled home by senior infielder Jeremy Wright.

The Panthers needed two pitchers to hold NIU to four hits.

Senior pitcher Adam Reuss coasted through six innings while giving up four hits, striking out five and surrendered three walks to bring his season ERA to 6.20 and earn his first win of the season.

“We struggled getting the bats going against a kid who is a potential draft pick, but we need to learn to fight through those guys and win tight games,” Kunigonis said.

The Huskies continue MAC play 5:30 p.m. Saturday when they travel to Rochester, New York to face University at Buffalo. The series has been moved to Monroe Community College in Rochester because of weather forecasts and field availability, according to NIU Media Services.

They will play a doubleheader beginning 10 a.m. Sunday with the second game at 1:30 p.m.