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Senior catcher/outfielder Ellis Erickson dives back to first base on Tuesday at Mary M. Bell Field. NIU softball dropped all three games of its regular season finale against Miami University on Saturday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Softball swept in series versus No. 25 RedHawks

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | May 5, 2024

DeKALB – NIU softball (18-34, 9-19 MAC) mustered four total runs in weekend action against the 25th-ranked Miami University RedHawks (45-7, 26-1 MAC) on Saturday and Sunday at Mary M. Bell Field to conclude the regular season. The Huskies were blanked...

Junior middle infielder/outfielder Avery Carnahan hits an RBI single in the third inning of Game 2 on Tuesday. Carnahan drove in three runs on Tuesday as NIU softball split a doubleheader with Ball State University. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Huskies hammer Ball State with home-run frenzy

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 30, 2024

DeKALB – The NIU softball team totaled five home runs Tuesday as the Huskies split their home doubleheader against Ball State University at Mary M. Bell Field. The Huskies (18-31, 9-16 MAC) began the action with a dominant 9-2 victory before falling...

Sophomore catcher/utility Cara Cruthers (16) makes contact on March 29 at Mary M. Bell Field. NIU softball split Saturdays doubleheader with Bowling Green State University as each game was ended by mercy rule. (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU and Bowling Green swap wins in doubleheader

By Eddie Miller, Assistant Sports Editor | April 28, 2024

NIU softball (17-30, 8-15 MAC) wrapped up its three-game series against the Bowling Green University Falcons (6-34, 3-19 MAC) trading blowout wins in Saturday’s doubleheader.  GAME 1: FALCONS 11 | HUSKIES 3 Faulty Huskie pitching and efficient...

Sophomore pitcher/utility Danielle Stewart (22) starts her pitching windup at Mary M. Bell Field on April 12. Stewart recorded the first no-hitter since 2006 in a win against Bowling Green State University Friday. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Stewart pitches no-hitter, NIU blanks Bowling Green

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 27, 2024

NIU sophomore pitcher/utility Danielle “Dee Dee” Stewart pitched her first career no-hitter as the Huskies (16-29, 7-14 MAC) shut out conference bottom-dweller Bowling Green State University (5-33, 2-18 MAC) 7-0 to open the season series Friday at...

Sophomore pitcher/utility Danielle Stewart (left) and senior catcher/outfielder Ellis Erickson (right) jump up for a high five during pre-game on April 12. NIU softball won both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday against Valparaiso University. (Northern Star File Photo)

Softball sweeps Valparaiso in doubleheader

By Lucas Didier, Sports Editor | April 24, 2024

NIU softball (15-29, 6-14 MAC) crushed Valparaiso University (8-34, 2-15 MVC), outscoring the Beacons 13-2 in a doubleheader sweep Wednesday. Wednesday’s pair of wins marked the first sweep of any kind for the Huskies this season. Three Huskie...

Senior catcher/outfielder Ellis Erickson (23) rounds first base after hitting a single on March 30 against Kent State University. Erickson was named to the Northern Star Sports Staffs MAC softball All-Star squad. (Northern Star File Photo)

COLUMN: Building the 2024 MAC All-Star softball team

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 24, 2024

As the 2024 regular season winds down and the postseason draws near, there’s no better time than the present to visit the world of make-believe – one where the MAC’s top talents join forces on a stacked 2024 MAC softball All-Star team featuring...

Sophomore right fielder Fiona Crane (26) throws the ball infield after catching the foul against the fence line in right field while senior center fielder Ellis Erickson (23) and junior second baseman Jenna Turner (4) cheer her on in the field. NIU softball was defeated 9-3 by the University at Buffalo Bulls Sunday. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Softball drops home series against Buffalo

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 22, 2024

DeKALB – An afternoon’s worth of bullying by the University at Buffalo Bulls has left NIU softball, a team that had championship expectations entering 2024, with no chance of a winning conference mark. NIU (13-29, 6-14 MAC) suffered its 14th conference...

Junior middle infielder/outfielder Avery Carnahan high fives NIU assistant coach Alaynie Woollard on March 27 at Mary M. Bell Field. Carnahan hit a 3-run single against the University at Buffalo as NIU softball split Saturdays doubleheader. (Northern Star File Photo)

Softball splits home doubleheader against Buffalo

By Lucas Didier, Sports Editor | April 21, 2024

DeKALB – NIU softball (13-28, 6-13 MAC) split Saturday’s doubleheader with the University at Buffalo (14-25, 6-12 MAC), winning 11-3 and losing 4-1. Game 1 brought 13 hits for the Huskies en route to a mercy rule victory in the sixth inning. Senior...

Senior infielder Caitlyn Shumaker is tagged out on a stolen base attempt on March 30 at Mary M. Bell Field. NIU softball was swept in a road doubleheader on Tuesday against Western Michigan University. (Northern Star File Photo)

Softball strikes out in Kalamazoo doubleheader

By Lucas Didier, Sports Editor | April 16, 2024

NIU softball (12-27, 5-12 MAC) was held to one run in a doubleheader sweep by Western Michigan University (22-17, 11-5 MAC) on Tuesday. The Huskies recorded just 7 hits and were outscored 4-1, losing the season series against the Broncos. GAME 1:...

Sophomore pitcher/utility Danielle Stewart  swings and hits a homerun Friday at Mary M. Bell Field. Stewart hit a home run and pitched five innings as the Huskies split Saturdays doubleheader with the University of Toledo. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Softball splits Saturday action, wins series over Toledo

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 14, 2024

DeKALB – NIU softball (12-25, 5-10 MAC) split Saturday’s doubleheader action against the University of Toledo (19-16, 10-5 MAC) to take the season series over the Rockets. “Winning the series is what we came into the weekend to do,” said NIU...

Sophomore pitcher/utility Danielle Stewart (22) starts her pitching windup at Mary M. Bell Field on Friday. Stewart earned the win, pitching a complete game and recording a home run and a triple at the plate as NIU softball defeated the University of Toledo 8-3. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Stewart pushes NIU softball over Toledo

By Lucas Didier, Sports Editor | April 13, 2024

DeKALB – A multifaceted performance from sophomore pitcher/utility Danielle Stewart propelled NIU softball (11-24, 4-9 MAC) to an 8-3 win over the University of Toledo (18-15, 9-4 MAC) on Friday. Following a grand slam in a 5-3 win Wednesday, Stewart...

Sophomore pitcher/utility Danielle Stewart throws to first base leading to an out against Kent State University on March 29. Stewart blasted a grand slam in a 5-3 victory over Bradley University Wednesday. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

Softball blows lead in Game 1 against Braves, splits doubleheader

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | April 11, 2024

NIU softball (10-24, 3-9 MAC) found retribution in Game 2 after blowing a lead in Game 1 to split Wednesday’s doubleheader against Bradley University (19-20, 8-6 MVC) on the road. “Our offense showed up today no doubt about it,” said NIU softball...