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Then-sophomore pitcher Mason Ruh delivers a pitch to a Central Michigan University opponent on April 7, 2023. Ruh allowed seven runs on 10 hits in Game 2 of Thursdays doubleheader against Northwestern State University. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Baseball falls to No. 2 LSU and Northwestern State in doubleheader

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | February 23, 2024

NIU baseball was swept in its doubleheader to open its four-game weekend in Louisiana, losing to the defending National Champions in No. 2 Louisiana State University and Northwestern State University.    GAME 1 NIU’s short lived lead disappeared...

Then redshirt-sophomore pitcher Matt Salomonson throws a pitch in an NIU baseball home game against Ohio University on Mar. 3, 2023. Salomonson gave up two runs on three hits in the Huskies third game against Abilene Christian University. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Baseball falls to Abilene Christian in first 3 games of 2024

By Zachary Bertram and Joseph Segreti | February 18, 2024

DeKALB – Poor pitching proved to be NIU baseball’s (0-3) downfall in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Abilene Christian University Wildcats (3-0) on Friday to open up the 2024 season. The Huskies dropped Game 1 16-6 by slaughter rule in seven...

NIU junior shortstop Andre Demetral (1) rounds to third base after stealing second base in the bottom of the first inning. Demetral scored off of a hit by junior first baseman Colin Summerhill, earning the Huskies their first run of the game and setting the score 3-1. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Baseball’s high-scoring comeback attempt falls short

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | April 19, 2023

DeKALB – Poor pitching caused NIU baseball’s (7-27, 4-10 MAC) comeback bid to fall short in a rainy, seven-inning weekday game at Ralph McKinzie Field against the Illinois State University Redbirds (11-21, 2-10 MVC) by a final score of 18-11 Wednesday.  After...

Junior infielder Andre Demetral (1) puts the tag down on a Central Michigan University player as he attempts to steal second base while junior infielder Aaron Harper (22) looks on. The Huskies were defeated by the Chippewas 17-7 on April 8. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Aaron Harper walks it off against Central Michigan

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | April 9, 2023

DeKALB – Junior infielder Aaron Harper sent Huskie fans home happy after hitting a walk-off two-RBI single to defeat Central Michigan University Easter Sunday. The Huskies trailed for the entire game, only taking the lead in the ninth inning to win...

Junior infielder and outfielder Andrew Smart (27) takes a practice swing while on-deck during NIU Baseballs home opener for the season. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Offensive struggles continue as Huskies fall to Xavier

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | March 31, 2023

DeKALB – A five-run first inning gave Xavier University all the offense it needed in its three-game series-opening victory over NIU baseball Friday by a final score of 8-3.  The Huskies (5-19, 2-7 MAC) have now lost four of their last five games...

This Week in Huskie Sports is highlighted by baseball and softballs weekend series. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

Baseball, softball highlight week of Huskie sports

By Northern Star Sports Staff | March 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU Athletics kicks off another full slate of sports this week, headlined by baseball’s trip to Northwestern and softball’s home series with Central Michigan.  BASEBALL Tuesday, March 28: at Northwestern University, 3:30 p.m. Evanston,...

Pitcher Johnny Cueto speaks with the news media after signing a contract with the Miami Marlins baseball team, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Miami. Cueto signed a one-year contract with the Marlins with a club option for 2024. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

COLUMN: MLB teams should have a salary cap

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | January 20, 2023

A few of the many reasons why people enjoy sports are because of the parity and unpredictability that sports bring us. Because of this, I believe that there should be a salary cap for all 30 teams around Major League Baseball. Of the four major American...

Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Mike McGinnis)

COLUMN: Starting pitchers are losing their shine

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | April 26, 2022

The new age thinking of baseball is slowly starting to ruin the once-great sport. The modern style of analytics that has been adopted by many baseball teams across the league has had a huge effect on the entertainment value of the game. Los Angeles...

Then-sophomore infielder Eric Erato swings his bat during a game against Ball State University on April 23, 2022 in DeKalb.

Baseball falls to Ball State in first three games of series

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 24, 2022

Saturday, game one: Ball State 13, NIU 0 Ball State took over the game early as they scored four runs. The Cardinals continued to shut the Huskies out as they scored five more runs. The Cardinals won in a blowout 13-0. Saturday, game two: Ball...

Sophomore pitcher Connor Langreder throws a pitch during a game against Sacramento State Feb. 21 in Sacramento, California.

Huskies win one, lose two baseball games at Oakland

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | April 17, 2022

The NIU baseball team lost two of three games against the University of Oakland this weekend, dropping them to a record of 7-27 overall and 6-12 in conference play. Friday, game one: Oakland 16, NIU 14 The first game between the Huskies and Golden Grizzlies...

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, right, argues with home plate umpire Nick Mahrley after being ejected during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, April 11, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MLB implementing automated strike zones in minor leagues causes mixed reactions

By Jordan Radloff | April 14, 2022

There has been a symbiotic relationship between players and umpires since the beginning of the sport of baseball. Athletes would not be able to play games fairly without the officials overseeing the rules, but disputes between the two parties involved...

Then-junior outfielder Malik Peters (right) slides to return to first base during a game against Miami University April 1, 2022 in DeKalb.

Baseball swept by Central Michigan in road series

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | April 10, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU Huskies baseball team struggled in their four-game weekend road series against the Central Michigan University Chippewas, getting swept and mercy-ruled in half of the games. NIU fell to 6-25 on the season after completion of the...