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Starting pitching key for Cubs postseason

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks throws a pitch in their Sept. 16 home game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Hendricks will be starting in game one of the NLDS.

Eddie Garcia

October 5, 2017

The Chicago Cubs are back to familiar territory as they prepare for the 2017 National League Division Series Friday against the Washington Nationals. Despite their lackadaisical start to the season, or “hangover” as first baseman Anthony Rizzo previously referenced, the Cubs have had one of the best s...

Cubs look to improve after all-star break

Chicago Cubs' Miguel Montero (47) celebrates a grand slam during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Eddie Garcia

July 10, 2017

The Chicago Cubs are on pace to make history yet again, just not in the way Cubs fans or Major League Baseball experts had predicted.Before the start of the 2017 MLB season, 40 percent of ESPN analysts selected the Cubs to represent the National League in the 2017 World Series.The Cubs have been an average...

Cubs struggling for consistency

Cubs struggling for consistency

Eddie Garcia

June 26, 2017

No one could have anticipated this — not the fans, not the coaches and not even the players themselves, but the Chicago Cubs are under-performing this season thus far.It is hard to be concerned about a team who went 103-58 in 2016 and are the World Series Champions for the first time since 1908.Th...

Baseball wins series against Ball State

Eddie Garcia

April 30, 2017

DeKALB — The Huskies managed to swing their way back into the game to get the comeback victory, 11-8, after trailing 5-0 in the third inning in the final game of the series against the Ball State University Cardinals.NIU (14-28, 8-7 MAC) split Friday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals (22-21, 9-8 ...

Baseball sweeps shortened non-conference series

Eddie Garcia

April 23, 2017

DeKALB — The baseball team battled through the downpour to pick up two victories Sunday over the University of Evansville Purple Aces in Evansville, Indiana.NIU had a 2-1 lead in game one on Friday until rain suspended play in the middle of the seventh inning.The Huskies (12-26, 6-6 Mid-American Conf...

Baseball ends losing streak

Senior pitcher Joe Hawks winds up during the first game of the series against the Kent State University Golden Flashes on Friday. The Huskies lost the game 7-4. 

Eddie Garcia

April 16, 2017

DeKALB — The Huskies ended the series with an 8-7 walk-off win Sunday but were unable to secure victories in the first two games against the Kent State University Golden Flashes at Ralph McKinzie Field.NIU (9-25, 5-6 Mid-American Conference) lost Friday’s game 7-4 and Saturday’s game 4-1 to the fi...

Baseball loses big at home

Scott A. Nicol

April 13, 2017

DeKALB — The baseball team struggled Tuesday against the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames, as it lost 17-3.“We need to forget about this game and get ready for the weekend series against Kent State,” said Head Coach Mike Kunigonis, according to NIU Media Services. “We did see some so...

Baseball’s offense sputters in series loss

Junior infielder Brad Wood looks after hitting a pop-up that went foul. The Huskies lost two out of three games against University at Buffalo. 

Eddie Garcia

April 9, 2017

DeKALB — The baseball team broke its four-game losing streak Sunday but lost the weekend series two games to one against the University at Buffalo Bulls.The Huskies (9-22, 5-4 Mid-American Conference) had 18 total hits, including four extra-base hits, while successfully stealing home base twice in the...

Baseball gets shut out

Scott A. Nicol

April 5, 2017

DeKALB — The baseball team was shutout for the first time in 28 games this season when it lost to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers 2-0 Tuesday.This marked the third consecutive loss for the Huskies (8-20, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) and their third consecutive midweek loss.“We faced...

Baseball loses home series

Senior pitcher Joe Hawkins pitches during Friday's home game against Bowling Green. The Huskies lost game one 7-4 and lost game two by 9-1.

Eddie Garcia

April 2, 2017

DeKALB — The baseball team started the weekend strong with an 11-0 victory Friday before it dropped both games of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Bowling Green State University Falcons.This gave the Falcons the series win after winning two of the three games.The Huskies (8-19, 4-2 MAC) had 14 total hit...

Baseball sweeps MAC opponent

Eddie Garcia

March 26, 2017

DeKALB — Baseball began Mid-American Conference play with a three-game sweep against the University of Toledo Rockets.NIU (7-16, 3-0 MAC) came into the game losing eight of its last 10 games played, but its offense came alive in the series as they scored 32 combined runs, defeating the Rockets (5-...

Baseball walks 12 in loss

Scott A. Nicol

March 22, 2017

DeKALB — The baseball team scored the first run of the game Tuesday against the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but that was the only run it would score in a 12-1 loss in South Bend, Indiana.The Huskies (4-16) walked 12 Irish batters in their last game before they start the Mid-American C...