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Baseball sweeps Akron for a MAC series win

By Brian Earle | March 31, 2013

NIU baseball won its first MAC series of the season as it swept Akron over the weekend in Ohio. The Huskies took game one on Friday thanks to a solid pitching performance from freshman Jordan Ruckman and two late runs in the ninth inning. Ruckman earned...

April 10, 2012 vs. ISU

Baseball to play at Akron

By Brian Earle | March 27, 2013

Baseball will continue its conference play this weekend when it travels to Ohio for a three-game series against Akron. In the Huskies’ (5-17, 1-2 MAC) previous series against Kent State, they lost two out of three games. The Huskies won game two in...

Urlacher’s release was good for the Bears

By Matt Hopkinson | March 26, 2013

The Chicago Bears have undergone a series of big time changes without really doing anything on a grand scale. In fact, it has been more what the Bears have not done that has made the bigger difference than what they have chosen to do thus far into the...

Junior pitcher looks to bring heat to the team

By Brian Earle | March 26, 2013

Over the course of his career at NIU, junior Alex Klonowski has been used primarily as a position player in the everyday lineup. While being a position player, Klonowski has also pitched in relief for the Huskies out of the bullpen. He would even come...

Kent State bests NIU baseball in weekend series

By Brian Earle | March 24, 2013

In its first series of conference play, baseball lost two out of three games at the hands of Kent State. The Huskies (5-17, 1-2 MAC) gave the Golden Flashes (8-12, 2-1 MAC) all they could handle in game one on Friday, as they fell 3-2. Freshman pitcher...

Sophomore Ben Neumann pitches at a baseball game last season.

Baseball meets Kent State at UIC

By Brian Earle | March 21, 2013

NIU baseball will face a strong test this weekend as it will do battle against Kent State in a three-game series at UIC. The Huskies (4-15) are coming off an 8-2 win over Belmont and will look to continue their strong play against Kent State. The Golden...

Chicago Cubs to face challenging season

By Rob Willer | March 18, 2013

As spring training hits the halfway point, the Cubs have seen their share of storylines this past off-season. We have seen a complete overhaul of the rotation as the Cubs made a big splash in free agency by adding Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman, Carlos...

Sophomore pitcher Ben Neumann pitches the ball in a game against Illinois State University during the 2012 season.

Men’s baseball has tough spring break

By Brian Earle | March 18, 2013

Baseball had a rough week in which it played eight games, losing six of the contests. The Huskies (4-15) were swept by Southern Illinois in a three-game series earlier in the week. They lost 8-3 in game one, 3-2 in game two and 4-2 in the series finale....

Baseball meets eight games over break

By Brian Earle | March 6, 2013

Baseball will look to carry over its momentum from its most recent win as it goes into spring break. Junior Alex Klonowski threw a gem for the Huskies (2-9), as he threw a complete game against Minnesota, allowing just one run on two hits. The Huskies’...

Baseball ends weekend with win against Minnesota

By Brian Earle | March 3, 2013

Baseball played three games in the Dairy Queen Classic over the weekend at the Metrodome. On Friday, the Huskies (2-9) suffered a 6-1 loss at the hands of Utah. The Utes (5-5) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a solo home run...

Huskie go 1-3 in Nevada series

By Brian Earle | February 24, 2013

Baseball played a four-game series against Nevada over the weekend. The Huskies (1-7) went 1-3 over the weekend, dropping their first two games of the series, losing 7-3 on Friday and 13-0 in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday. NIU was able to bounce...

NIU athlete juggles football and baseball career

By Brian Earle | February 18, 2013

Coming into NIU, redshirt junior Jamison Wells’ plan was to play baseball on a scholarship. But halfway through Wells’ freshman year, he realized one sport was not enough. “For me, I knew there was something I could do to help the football team...