Huskies lose ball game after holding early lead at Purdue

The NIU Huskies baseball team lost on the road 17-14 against Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.


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Senior Kyle Seebach pitches during a game against Miami University April 1 in DeKalb.

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter

How it happened

DeKALB — The Huskies took their biggest lead against the Boilermakers 5-1 in the second inning. After the last score from the Huskies, Purdue mounted a comeback as Valdez had a hit to the left field which resulted in three runs. 

The Boilermakers took their first lead in the third inning as they scored four runs. Purdue was leading the Huskies 9-5 in the third inning. 

NIU and Purdue battled throughout the game but the Boilermakers would win 17-14.

Catcher Jonathan Latham led the Huskies in RBIs with four. Purdue had four of its players to score three runs. 

Thoughts from Coach Kunigonis

Coach Kunigonis thoughts on team performance:

“We scored a ton of runs and had a lot of clutch hits,” head coach Mike Kunigonis said in an NIU Athletics news release. “When you give up the free bases we did today, you need an extraordinary offensive performance.”

The end result

NIU is currently 6-21 overall and 6-8 in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies head to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, as they take on Central Michigan University in a four-game series. The first game starts at 2 p.m. Friday.