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Baseball gets swept in opening weekend

Baseball gets swept in opening weekend

James Krause

February 19, 2019

The baseball team’s chance to spoil the Division I debut of Cal Baptist University went up in smoke this weekend with a sweep at the hands of the Lancers in Riverside, California.Playing a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday, the Huskies start the season 0-4 for the first time since 2016.Sophomore i...

Huskies Baseball set to open season in warmer weather

Huskies Baseball set to open season in warmer weather

James Krause

February 15, 2019

While the weather in DeKalb may not be ideal, the baseball season is right around the corner and NIU is gearing up for their first series this weekend.Head Coach Mike Kunigonis is looking to build off of the 20-36 record from last year, a three-win improvement from 2017. The key for them, he said, is to pa...

Cubs surviving despite pitching woes

Michael Urbanec

August 6, 2018

Cole Hamels’ Cubs debut on Wednesday answered a few questions about whether or not the 34 year old four time all star can still get the job done, but his viability going forward is still in question.The Cubs sent long-reliever and spot-starter Eddie Butler and two low level prospects to the Texas R...

White Sox strengths lie in farm system

James Krause

July 16, 2018

While the Cubs are striving for a playoff run on the North Side of Chicago, the Chicago White Sox’ struggles continue in the American League, but their young core is starting to show signs of development.The White Sox enter the All-Star break at a record of 31-61, putting them fourth in the American Lea...

Predicting the MLB All Star Teams

Michael Urbanec

July 9, 2018

Major League Baseball’s first half is in the books, with every team having now played 81 games.Now is the time for fans to start thinking of who they want to vote in to start in the All Star Game, and the voting tallies to this point can allow for an educated guess as to who will make their appearanc...

No rest for NIU baseball

Northern Star Staff

June 25, 2018

The grind continues over the summer for the NIU baseball team and their players, as several players will be joining teams across the nation in summer collegiate leagues.13 players will be joining six different teams and five different leagues for a chance to improve “on the areas they have worked all ye...

Pitcher finds role with baseball team

Junior pitcher Tanner Foster throws pitch in the Huskies' 6-3 home loss Friday against the University of Toledo Rockets. 

Roland Hacker

May 7, 2018

Junior pitcher Tanner Foster began the 2018 season as the fourth starting pitcher in the rotation for the baseball team, but has since transitioned to anchoring the top of the rotation. Foster as opening day starter is a great fit for him and for the team.“When we recruited him, he was a junior college...

Huskies drop final home series

The Huskies closed its final home stand with two losses to the University of Toledo Rockets.

Roland Hacker

May 7, 2018

DeKalb — The baseball team lost two of three games this weekend against the University of Toledo Rockets at Ralph McKinzie Field.NIU dropped the first two games of the series but rebounded to win the finale Sunday.Sunday was also Senior Day and the Huskies celebrated with a blowout victory.“We have s...

Baseball: a lifelong passion for NIU infielder

Eddie Garcia

May 7, 2018

A 3-year-old walked up to the plate for the first time in his little league career wearing his father’s cleats, which were three sizes too big, and smacked a double on the first pitch he saw.Maribel Reyes, mother of senior baseball infielder Samuel Vega, said she recalls her son’s first baseball mem...

Baseball loses big on road

Roland Hacker

April 30, 2018

DeKALB — The baseball team was swept in a three-game series this weekend by the Ball State University Cardinals.The Cardinals got walk-off wins in two games of the series but blew out the Huskies Saturday with a score of 11-0.“We were legitimately two plays away from winning the weekend and walking...

Baseball handles weekday action

Baseball handles weekday action

James Krause

April 26, 2018

Redshirt freshman outfielder Kam Smith takes an at-bat in the Huskies’ 6-1 home win over Trinity Christian College. NIU went 2-0 in its weekday home stint. 

Batter Breakdown: Jake Dunham

James Krause

April 26, 2018

Name: Jake DunhamPosition: Catcher/InfielderHometown: PlainfieldFavorite Sports Team: Chicago White Sox“It’s my hometown team,” Dunham said. “I’ve gone to see them plenty of times, and I’m not a fair weather fan, so I can’t switch to the Cubs.”Favorite Athlete: Mike Trout of the Los A...