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Senior Nicole Gremillion swings at a pitch against the Buffalo Bulls April 26 in DeKalb. The Huskies, who dropped both regular season games against Buffalo, open the MAC Tournament vs. the Bulls 4 p.m. Wednesday in Akron, Ohio.

Softball clinches berth in MAC Tournament

By Frank Gogola | May 4, 2014

Softball qualified for the MAC Tournament for the second time in as many seasons under head coach Christina Sutcliffe, earning a No. 7 seed after it split its final four games.The Huskies (23-29, 10-12 MAC) split their Friday doubleheader against the...

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...

Softball’s slide hits three games

By Frank Gogola | April 27, 2014

With the MAC Tournament approaching quickly, softball suffered a setback against a pair of cross-divisional opponents over the weekend.The Huskies (20-27, 8-10 MAC) split their Friday doubleheader against the Kent State Golden Flashes (24-16, 10-4 MAC)...

Junior outfielder Bryanna Phelan readies to swing at a pitch against Ball State April 11 at Mary M. Bell Field. NIU’s offense is looking to rebound vs. Loyola at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. today in Chicago after struggling over the weekend.

Softball to take swing at in-state rival Loyola

By Frank Gogola | April 22, 2014

Softball will take a break from conference play but stay in the state for a midweek doubleheader.The Huskies (19-22) will take on the Loyola Ramblers (17-27) at 3 and 5 p.m. today at Loyola Softball Park in Chicago.“It’s important for us to go in...

Softball splits Michigan road trip

By Frank Gogola | April 20, 2014

Softball returned from its four-game Michigan road trip the same way it left: three games below .500.The Huskies (19-22, 7-7 MAC) split a Friday doubleheader against the Central Michigan Chippewas (28-15, 7-5 MAC) at Margo Jonker Stadium in Mt. Pleasant,...

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 leaves pair of wins on field

By Frank Gogola | April 13, 2014

Softball had a chance to leave its quartet of weekend games with a pair of sweeps, but it instead left with a pair of splits.The Huskies (17-20, 5-5 MAC) split their Friday doubleheader against the Ball State Cardinals (23-14, 4-2 MAC) and their Saturday...

Senior Nicole Gremillion runs to second base during a game against Bowling Green March 29. Softball lost both games of a doubleheader against Valpariaso Tuesday.

Softball swept by Valpo, ending streak

By Frank Gogola | April 8, 2014

Softball entered Valparaiso, Ind., on a four-game winning streak but left with a pair of losses.The Huskies (15-18) dropped the doubleheader opener against the Valparaiso Crusaders (13-23), 8-6, Tuesday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field in Valparaiso,...

Junior pitcher Jessica Sturm winds up to pitch during Saturday’s game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Mary M. Bell Field. Sturm is 9-8 after winning each of her last three starts in the circle.

Sturm, Rupard gel into pitching roles

By Frank Gogola | April 7, 2014

Junior pitcher Jessica Sturm and freshman pitcher Becca Rupard started the 2014 season on different projections, but they have solidified softball’s starting pitching staff.Sturm, the Huskies’ No. 1 pitcher, began the season with back-to-back victories...

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...

Senior shortstop Shelby Miller tries to tag out Toledo senior infielder Lani Ernst, who’s attempting to steal second base during the first of two Sunday games at Mary M. Bell Field. Miller didn’t commit any fielding errors during the Huskies’ Friday and Saturday games against the Bowling Green Falcons or during their Sunday doubleheader against the Toledo Rockets. Miller, who has committed a total of six errors during the 2014 season, hasn’t committed an error in the last 10 games.

No home-field advantage for softball

By Frank Gogola | March 30, 2014

Softball failed to string together wins, dropping three of its first four conference games over the weekend.The Huskies (11-16, 1-3 MAC) split their two-game series vs. the Bowling Green Falcons (11-16-1, 2-2 MAC) Friday and Saturday at Mary M. Bell Field....