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Senior Nicole Gremillion waits on a pitch in a game against Buffalo Saturday. The Huskies lit up UIC Tuesday, winning 12-4.

Softball blows up Flames

By Frank Gogola | April 29, 2014

Softball’s offense couldn’t be cooled down after it took a few innings to heat up in its final non-conference game.The Huskies’ (21-27) bats carried the team while the relief pitching sealed the deal in a 12-4 beatdown of the Illinois-Chicago Flames...

Kopp excels as defensive force at 3rd base

By Frank Gogola | April 21, 2014

Senior third baseman Ashley Kopp wasn’t her usual self during the 2013 regular season: She was launching home runs left and right and didn’t solidify her defensive prowess at third base until late in the year.Now, she’s found her comfort zone of...

Rupard ‘stepping up’ in circle

By Frank Gogola | April 14, 2014

Freshman pitcher Rebecca Rupard has thrown 79.1 innings this season — exactly 79.1 innings more than she expected to toss in her first season with softball.The Huskies lost junior pitcher Emily Norton, their No. 1 starter from 2013, to a medical hardship...

Softball blasts Western Michigan

Softball blasts Western Michigan

By Frank Gogola | April 6, 2014

Softball stretched its winning streak to a season-long four games with a sweep of Western Michigan over the weekend.The Huskies (15-16, 3-3 MAC) defeated the Western Michigan Broncos (11-23, 2-4 MAC), 10-1, in five innings via the run rule Saturday at...

Sophomore catcher Emily Naegele slides into third base after she tripled to right-center field, driving in two runs in the Huskies’ first game against North Dakota at Mary M. Bell Field. Naegele went a combined 5-6 at the plate with three runs scored and four RBIs in the Huskies’ doubleheader sweep.

Softball sweeps North Dakota

By Frank Gogola | April 2, 2014

Softball avoided its third three-game losing streak of the season, instead putting together back-to-back wins for the third time.The Huskies (13-16) beat North Dakota (3-20), 8-5, in comeback fashion in the first game of the doubleheader. In the second...

Nicole Gremillion runs to third base May 5 last season against Bowling Green University in DeKalb. Gremillion has started all 20 games in left field for the Huskies this season.

Softball splits doubleheader at Iowa State

By Frank Gogola | March 23, 2014

Softball split its Sunday doubleheader against Iowa State in two high-scoring games.The Huskies (10-12) defeated the Iowa State Cyclones (17-11), 15-6, in five innings, in the first game of the doubleheader Sunday at the Cyclone Sports Complex in Ames,...

Softball goes 1-1 in rain shortened tournament

By Frank Gogola | March 2, 2014

Softball split a pair of games Saturday at the Evansville Tournament, as it had a hard time finding the all-around consistency it has looked for this season.The Huskies (6-5) beat the Northern Kentucky Norse (1-10), 4-3, Saturday in Evansville, Ind. They...

Softball takes three of four in tournament

By Frank Gogola | February 23, 2014

Softball (5-4) took three out of four games this weekend after inclement weather forced scheduling changes.The Huskies swept Friday’s games against the Fairfield Stags and the Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex...

Softball ready for first game of season.

By Frank Gogola | February 5, 2014

Softball is getting back in the swing of things following a successful season with a deep run in the Mid-American Conference tournament.Under the guidance of first-year head coach Christina Sutcliffe, the Huskies (27-31, 14-8 MAC) advanced to the MAC...