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2020 MLB season in doubt as MLBPA and team owners fail to reach middle ground

2020 MLB season in doubt as MLBPA and team owners fail to reach middle ground

Justin Kelley, Reporter

June 21, 2020

DeKALB — After weeks of negotiation, the MLB team owners and the players are nowhere close to a deal for a 2020 season. This comes after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark's meeting on Wednesday.   The offer by the owners is a 60-game season that wi...

Cubs’ and Sox’s address needs with MLB Draft

Cubs' and Sox's address needs with MLB Draft

Justin Kelley, Columnist

June 12, 2020

As we sit and wait for baseball season to start up, the MLB hosted its annual June Amateur Draft on ESPN 2 Thursday and Friday. This draft was different from those of previous years due to the financial impact from COVID-19. In a regular year, the draft spans three days and sees roughly 1,200 play...

NIU baseball players practice discipline to stay fit for next season

NIU baseball player Jake Dunham bats.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

April 15, 2020

DeKALB — The NIU baseball players continue training physically and mentally, as their focus has shifted to next season with extended eligibility for seniors and other disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior first baseman Jordan Larson and senior catcher Jake Dunham said continued training ...

Baseball players learn lessons despite canceled season

An NIU baseball player prepares to bat during a 2020 season game.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

April 8, 2020

DeKALB — Despite the negativity surrounding the NIU baseball team’s season being canceled, the players learned a lesson that will help them down the road. When the NCAA officially announced spring athletes would receive an extra year of eligibility, the baseball team wasn’t shocked, but still felt ...

Baseball’s losing skid continues with two losses to Mizzou

Baseball's losing skid continues with two losses to Mizzou

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

DeKALB — Baseball couldn’t get back on track in a pair of road losses to the University of Missouri Tigers Tuesday and Wednesday. NIU’s offensive woes bring its losing streak to five games. Game One The Huskies started out hot, scoring three runs in the first inning, but NIU couldn’t keep the mome...

Baseball can’t find offensive groove in series loss to SIU

Senior outfielder Brendan Joyce slides into second base during NIU's Feb. 21-23 series against Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 8, 2020

DeKALB — Baseball’s offensive struggles put it on the wrong side of a series sweep by the Southern Illinois University–Carbondale Salukis over the weekend. After showing consistency in hits this season, the Huskies could only muster up four runs in Carbondale. “SIU did a good job of pounding...

Baseball wins second consecutive series over Chicago State and Nebraska-Omaha

Senior infielder Tommy Szczasny prepares for a pitch during NIU's Feb. 21-23 series against Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The Huskies would take three of four games in the series.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 1, 2020

DeKALB — Baseball had another successful weekend, winning three of four games against the Chicago State Cougars and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks over the weekend at Rent One Park in Marion, Illinois. Game One The Huskies came from behind to start the weekend off on a high note, w...

Baseball bested by Boston College in opening series of new season

Matt Boecker

February 17, 2020

DeKALB — Baseball fell to the Boston College University Eagles in the first series of the season, dropping the first three games and winning the fourth.Game one BC came out of the gates firing on Friday, scoring four runs in the first inning. However, junior pitcher Michael Lasiewicz would settle down and pitch we...

German anchors a talented roster, defensive improvements key for team success

Jarrett Huff

December 5, 2019

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team has been having a historic run the past couple weeks, winning six consecutive games after starting the season 0-2. This marks the longest win streak since the 2015-16 season, when the Huskies won seven straight games between Dec. 22, 2015 and Jan. 12, 2016.NIU ...

Teams should not ignore extra baggage athletes carry no matter skill level

Matt Boecker

October 15, 2019

DeKALB — There are plenty of die-hard sports fans who will cheer on their team through thick and thin. However, the bonds that fans have with their teams are being tested as we learn more about athletes and their personal lives.With the continued emergence of the internet and technology, we know more ...

Chicago Cubs and NIU to team up for Huskie Night at Wrigley

Chicago, USA- July 10,2013: Wrigley Field Stadium - Home of Chicago Cubs - major league baseball team of Chicago and people waiting in line in front of it. Wrigley Field is one of the oldest baseball fields in the country.

Justin Kelley

September 2, 2019

DeKALB — NIU is teaming up with the Chicago Cubs for their annual Northern Illinois University Group Outing. The game will be at 7:05 p.m. Sept. 16, at Wrigley Field as the Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds. NIU students, alumni and fans are all welcomed to attend the game and support the Cubs. The cos...

New athletics ticket system set to take place this fall

New athletics ticket system set to take place this fall

Maddie Barrett

August 23, 2019

DeKALB— NIU Athletics is launching a new and convenient way to gain access into athletic events. The days of forgetting your OneCards are over, as students can now present their tickets at the gate electronically through their smartphones.All full-time graduate and undergraduate students receive fr...