Baseball trying to make late-season push for MAC tournament


April 10, 2012 vs. ISU

By Matt Hopkinson

NIU baseball will resume MAC play as it will take on Miami (Ohio) for a weekend series starting Friday.

The Redhawks (17-15, 4-5 MAC) are coming off a series loss against Ball State. Miami is 1-3 in its last four games.

NIU (8-24, 2-7 MAC) will come in on a four-game losing-streak and will look to put its 22-3 loss courtesy of Illinois State behind them as they leave Ralph McKinzie Field.

“I think this weekend will be good for us,” said NIU senior Alex Beckmann. “Getting out of here, changing things up a little bit. Hopefully, we’ll get back on track this weekend against Miami.”

NIU will look to find the consistency of offense and pitching to mesh together in its games on the road, as its have been outscored 57-16 in its last four games.

This matchup will also serve as an opportunity for the Huskies to make head-way in the MAC, as they’re five games under .500 in their conference, sitting two spots outside of qualifying for the conference tournament.

“If our team can play up to our expected level of play, we’ll win our fair share of games,” said NIU coach Ed Mathey. “The short range stuff is win series. If you do that enough you’ll be in contention, we have yet to play our divisional rivals, and that’s where people move up and down in the standings.”

Mathey looked to shake things up and address issues with a Wednesday practice before heading out to Ohio.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to snap out of it,” Mathey said. “It’s going to start with me, it’s going to start with our coaching staff. Coming out and having an approach that lets them know ‘Hey, we’ve got to get through this.’”