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Baseball takes home series over Miami

Roland Hacker

April 23, 2018

DeKALB — The baseball team won two of its three games in a series with the University of Miami RedHawks over the weekend at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb.Junior pitcher Tanner Foster and freshman pitcher Michael Lasiewicz both had strong outings for the Huskies to start the series.“If we could’v...

Baseball shut out by Hawkeyes

NIU failed to score a run and only had one hit in its 2-0 loss Tuesday against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. The Huskies are 11-24 this season. 

Roland Hacker

April 19, 2018

DeKALB — The baseball team lost a close game Tuesday to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 2-0 in Iowa City, Iowa.One turbulent inning cost the Huskies the game against the Hawkeyes squad. In the third inning, NIU sophomore starting pitcher Blake Walker gave up an RBI sacrifice fly. Walker gave up an RBI ...

Batter Breakdown: Samuel Vega

Roland Hacker

April 17, 2018

Name: Samuel VegaPosition: InfieldHometown: Vega Baja, Puerto RicoFavorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians“Growing up, [my team] was the St. Louis Cardinals,” Vega said. “It’s changed though because I have a friend who plays for the Cleveland Indians, so I have to root for him.”Favorite athl...

Baseball falls in another road series

Sophomore catcher Jake Dunham awaits a pitch in the Huskies’ 10-5 home win April 10 against the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames.

Roland Hacker

April 15, 2018

DeKalb — The baseball team was swept over the weekend in a three-game set with the Kent State Golden Flashes.The Huskies lost every game by at least five runs. Head Coach Mike Kunigonis said the series was closer than the box scores indicated.“I know if you look at the scores from [the weekend],...

Baseball drops another series at home

Roland Hacker

April 9, 2018

DeKALB — The baseball team dropped two of three games this weekend in a series against the Western Michigan University Broncos.NIU hosted a double-header Saturday at Ralph McKinzie Field and split the twin bill, losing the first game and winning the second. The Broncos opened up in the rubber match by...

Top-5 Athletes of March

Top-5 Athletes of March

Tom Burton

April 5, 2018

The sports editor’s picks are from games, meets and matches that occurred in March sporting events. If you feel there are student-athletes left off or who deserve to be on the list or included in upcoming weeks, tweet us @NIUNorthernStar using #NIUTop5.5. Brielle Ward, junior women’s golferThe wo...

Bobcats take series over Huskies

Roland Hacker

April 2, 2018

DeKALB — The baseball team (8-18, 2-4 Mid-American Conference) dropped two of three games in its weekend series against the Ohio University Bobcats.Saturday featured a double header split by the two teams with Ohio taking Sunday’s rubber match by a score of 12-4.“We battled all day in that double...

Baseball stays hot against Flames

Ryan Ostry

March 29, 2018

DeKalb — The baseball team tallied its second consecutive win on Tuesday against the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames with a final score of 5-1.“It was a real grind it out win today,” said Head Coach Mike Kunigonis. “We really stayed on the ball offensively and were clicking today.”NIU...

Batter Breakdown: Scooter Bynum

Batter Breakdown: Scooter Bynum

Ryan Ostry

March 29, 2018

Name: Scooter BynumPosition: OutfielderHometown: Fairbanks, AlaskaFavorite sports team: Miami Dolphins“I’m actually colorblind,” Bynum said. “When I was growing up, their colors were really intriguing to me, so I just picked them off of their colors.”Interesting fact: Former multiple sport athl...

Freshman pitcher finds role with NIU

Ryan Ostry

March 29, 2018

DeKALB — Growing up in the town of McHenry surrounded by corn stalks, freshman pitcher Michael Lasiewicz had one love and passion as his favorite pastime — baseball.“I started playing when I was about four or five,” Lasiewicz said. “I honestly just taught myself, because neither my mom or dad...

Huskies avoid sweep with home win

Freshman pitcher Michael Lasiewicz throws a pitch in the Huskies’ 9-5 home win Sunday against Central Michigan. Lasiewicz threw five innings and gave up five hits and four walks. 

Ryan Ostry

March 26, 2018

DeKALB — The baseball team snapped its two-game losing streak Sunday at Ralph Mckinzie Field, defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas by a final score of 9-5.“We really just came out today and battled all game,” said Head Coach Mike Kunigonis. “This is what we needed from the guys, especially...

Baseball drops first two games against Chippewas

Roland Hacker

March 23, 2018

The baseball team dropped both games of a double header Friday to the Central Michigan University Chippewas at in its home opener at Ralph McKinzie Field.“That wasn’t how we wanted to come out and start league play,” said Head Coach Mike Kunigonis. “We have a lot of things we need to clean up. ...