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Softball takes home series finale

By Khobi Price | May 8, 2018

DeKALB — The softball team won two out of three games against the Central Michigan University Chippewas Friday and Saturday at Mary M. Bell Field, concluding its 2018 regular season.The Huskies (21-30, 11-11 Mid-American Conference) clinched their spot...

Batter Breakdown: Dominique Greeno

By Rick Green | May 3, 2018
Name: Dominique GreenoPosition: InfielderHometown: Lacey, WashingtonFavorite sports team: Seattle Seahawks“I’m from the Seattle area,” Greeno said. “I love Russell Wilson, the Legion of Boom, and we have the best fans.”Favorite athlete/role model: Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker“She just plays really hard, and she is just one of my favorite athletes,” Greeno said.Interesting fact: Can solve a Rubik’s Cube quickly“I can solve a Rubik’s Cube really quickly,” Greeno said. “I would say about a minute and a half to complete it.”Game strengths: Intensity and passion“I care a lot about the game, when something good happens I get pumped,” Greeno said. “When something bad happens, it hurts a lot.”Game weaknesses: Intensity“It’s a double edged sword,” Greeno said. “Sometimes I get down or hard on myself and get my head taken out of the game.”Favorite teammate: Katie Lamich“She’s just a little bundle of joy, and she’s always cracking a smile and dancing,” Greeno said.Pre-game rituals: Sleeps with bat before road games“I usually sleep with my bat on away trips,” Greeno said. “It’s something I did in high school and travel ball. It’s kind of a weird comfort thing.”Favorite softball/baseball memory: Travel Ball“Travel ball when we played and traveled,” Greeno said. “We traveled to New Zealand and saw the fireworks at night.”Why you enjoy playing for NIU: My teammates“I love my team with all my heart,” Greeno said. “We are a family. People think we spend a lot of time together because we practice all the time, but we leave practice and go to each other’s homes.”Greeno is batting .267 and has 28 hits this season. In her freshman and sophomore season, she earned the third highest on-base percentage with .474 her freshman season and .362 her sophomore season.“Dom has done a great job stepping up into a leadership role this year,” said Head Coach Christina Sutcliffe. “She is usually a high energy worker, having her out there is a great benefit.”The Huskies will return to the diamond 3 p.m. Friday to face Mid-American Conference foe Central Michigan University at Mary M. Bell field in DeKalb.

Late-game execution key for Huskies

By Khobi Price | May 3, 2018

The softball team needs to close out games stronger if it wants to qualify for the Mid-American Conference tournament.The Huskies are in danger of missing the MAC tournament for the first time since 2012. They’re going to finish with their worst winning...

Junior Alex Frenz picked up the win for the Huskies on Friday. Frenz is 8-6 on the season. The Huskies are 18-28 and fifth in the MAC East division.

Huskie softball drops weekend series

By Rick Green | April 30, 2018

DeKalb — The Huskies softball team lost the series to the Western Michigan Broncos 1-2, taking game one Friday and falling in games two and three Saturday at Mary M. Bell Field.“They’re playing well overall,” said Head Coach Christina Sutcliffe....

Outfielder ready to turn season around

By Khobi Price | April 26, 2018

DeKALB — Softball junior outfielder Jessica Rio is looking to redeem herself as the regular season comes to a close.Rio has experienced more lows than highs during the 2018 season. She ranks No. 14 on the team in batting average out of 15 qualified...

Senior infielder Alaynie Woollard throws to first base in the Huskies’ 9-1 win March 30 against the University at Buffalo Bulls.

Infielder’s leadership speaks volumes

By Khobi Price | April 19, 2018

DeKALB — Silence can be deadly, but filling the silence with support and cheering on teammates is a task senior softball infielder Alaynie Woollard takes pride in executing on the diamond regularly.“Sometimes you can get in your own brain, first of...

Batter Breakdown: Sam Schmidt

By Khobi Price | April 19, 2018

Name: Sam SchmidtPosition: InfielderHometown: LombardStarted playing softball: Kindergarten“I started out playing baseball in kindergarten,” Schmidt said. “When I got to sixth grade, I switched over and started playing softball. I knew I kind of...

Softball extends losing streak

By Khobi Price | April 15, 2018

DeKalb — The softball team’s losing streak extended to six games as the Huskies lost two contests Friday against the University of Toledo Rockets in Toledo, Ohio.“Overall, we are playing well, we are just not getting a break,” said Head Coach...

Softball falters against Ball State

By Rick Green | April 12, 2018

DeKALB — The softball team lost both games of a double-header against MAC rival Ball State University Cardinals Wednesday to attain a conference record of 5-6.“I’m just a little disappointed at some of our at-bats,” said Head Coach Christina Sutcliffe....

Softball can’t close out home series

By Khobi Price | April 9, 2018

DeKALB — The softball team won one game of its three-game series against the Ohio University Bobcats Saturday and Sunday at Mary M. Bell Field.The Huskies’ (14-22, 5-4 Mid-American Conference) lone win was their first victory against Ohio since May...

Batter Breakdown: Katie Lamich

By Rick Green | April 5, 2018

Name: Katie LamichPosition: OutfielderHometown: NapervilleInteresting fact: Can move earsFavorite sports team: Chicago Cubs“I love the way they carry themselves,” Lamich said.Favorite athlete/role model: Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo“They have a...

The Huskies throw out a runner at first base in their 9-1 home win Friday against Buffalo. NIU has won four consecutive games.  

Softball extends winning streak to four

By Khobi Price | April 2, 2018

DeKALB — The softball team completed its three-game sweep of the University of Buffalo Bulls Saturday with a 7-5 victory in an offensive dual at Mary M. Bell Field.The Huskies (13-20, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) tallied double digit hits and scored...