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NIU freshman pitcher Conner Langreder throws a pitch at an April 3 game against the Central Michigan University Chippewas in DeKalb. Langreder threw 10 strikeouts in the season finale on Sunday.

Huskies wrap up season with Sunday win against Bowling Green

James Krause, Sports Editor June 4, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU baseball team saw their season come to an end Sunday, losing three of four games in a road series against the Bowling Green State University Falcons. After losing a doubleheader on Saturday and the opening game Sunday, NIU finished...

NIU head baseball coach Mike Kunigonis has a discussion with an umpire during an April 3 game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Ralph McKinzie Field.

Huskies batting falters in final home series of the season

James Krause, Sports Editor May 28, 2021

DeKALB — The baseball team struggled in their final home series of the 2021 season, losing three out of four games over the weekend to the University of Toledo Rockets. NIU couldn’t keep up with the Mid-American Conference championship contending...

Senior first baseman Jordan Larson batting in an April 2 game against the Central Michigan University Chippewas at Ralph McKinzie Field.

Comeback win highlights weekend split for NIU Baseball against EMU

James Krause, Sports Editor May 20, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU baseball team rebounded from two losses to start their road series against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles with two wins to split the series. In the series finale Sunday, NIU overcame an early 4-0 deficit to comeback and win...

Redshirt senior catcher Jake Dunham (right) recieves a high-five after scoring a run in the second half of an April 3 doubleheader against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Ralph McKinzie Field.

Huskies split series with Broncos, Dunham earns conference nod

James Krause, Sports Editor May 13, 2021

DeKALB — A dominant weekend by redshirt senior catcher Jake Dunham was the exclamation point on the Huskies splitting a four-game series with the Western Michigan University Broncos. After losing the opener on Friday and splitting a Saturday doubleheader,...

Senior infielder Dylan Lonteen rounds third base after hitting a home run at Ralph McKinzie Field in a April 3 game against the Central Michigan Chippewas.

Walk-off victory highlights Huskies series win against Zips

James Krause, Sports Editor May 6, 2021

DeKALB  — The NIU baseball team claimed their second conference series win of the season, winning three of four home games against the University of Akron Zips this weekend. The Huskies contended well against both the Zips and high-speed winds throughout...

Student-athletes partake in a march outside the Convocation Center on Oct. 10. Following the vandalism of the Center for Black Studies on Sept. 16, student-athletes rallied to the defense of the center and black students across campus.

How student-athletes found their voice following on-campus racism

James Krause, Senior Reporter April 29, 2021

NIU Police reported to the Center for Black Studies near midnight Sept. 16 after a member of NIU security reported graffiti on the front of the building. On a beam at the building’s entrance, the n-word was sprawled in silver spray-paint, according...

Redshirt senior catcher Jake Dunham (right) recieves a high-five after scoring a run in the second half of an April 3 doubleheader against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Ralph McKinzie Field.

Baseball swept in weekend series against Ball State

James Krause, Sports Editor April 28, 2021

DeKALB — The baseball team failed to pick up a win in their four-game road series against the Ball State University Cardinals in Muncie, Indiana. The Huskies were downed by big innings by the Cardinals batters, who had an inning of scoring at least...

Baseball in glove in the lawn at sunset in the evening day with sun ray and lens flare light.

Baseball ends eight-game skid with 2 wins against Ohio

James Krause, Senior Reporter April 21, 2021

DeKALB — Wins in both ends of a Saturday doubleheader helped the NIU baseball team to split a four-game weekend series with the Ohio University Bobcats. A one-run complete game by sophomore pitcher Brandon McPherson led NIU to win the first half...

Close-up view of a baseball.

Knights, Salukis sweep weekend games against Huskies

James Krause, Senior Reporter April 12, 2021

DeKALB — NIU baseball’s skid continued into a non-conference weekend of games, losing a one-off to Bellarmine University Friday and a pair of games to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Saturday and Sunday. The Huskies losing streak is now...

Redshirt junior Kam Smith begins to takes off from home plate after making contact with the ball April 3, during NIU's 17-6 loss to Central Michigan University at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb.

Baseball’s long-awaited return to DeKalb ends in series sweep

James Krause, Senior Reporter April 5, 2021

DeKALB — NIU baseball came away winless in its first home series in nearly two years, dropping all four weekend games to the Central Michigan University Chippewas. The Huskies pitching and defense struggled throughout the homestand, giving up double-digit...

Close-up view of a baseball.

Baseball takes win in final game of weekend series

James Krause, Senior Reporter March 29, 2021

DeKALB — The baseball team fell victim to a pair of walk-off losses to start a series with the University of Miami of Ohio RedHawks before splitting the final two games in Oxford, Ohio. In the Friday opener, NIU blew a 3-0 lead entering the bottom...

Close-up view of a baseball.

Baseball off to strong start in MAC play

James Krause, Senior Reporter March 22, 2021

DeKALB — After only one win in non-conference play, the baseball team nearly swept the Kent State University Golden Flashes in its Mid-American Conference-opening four-game series in Kent, Ohio. The Huskies took Friday’s game 6-3 and both ends...

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