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Dreams do come true

By Brian Thomas | June 25, 2012

DeKALB | Playing baseball in the Major Leagues is usually a dream for most college baseball players, but for former NIU pitcher Jake Hermsen, it has become a reality. During the MLB draft, June 4-6, in Secaucus, New Jersey, Hermsen was selected by the...

Jake Hermsen first MLB draft pick since 2008

By Northern Star Staff | June 19, 2012

During this years MLB draft, that took place on June 4th through June 6, NIU baseball’s very own, pitcher, Jake Hermsen was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers as the 866th overall pick in the 28th round. Hermsen is the first player from NIU to be drafted...

Jamison Wells connects on a single in the first inning Tuesday night.

Zimmerman’s 2 home runs lead Huskies past UIC

By Brian Thomas | May 2, 2012

After falling to Northwestern yesterday in a pitching duel, NIU baseball got the bats out against UIC in Chicago taking down the Flames 11-9. The Huskies (14-31) wasted no time offensively in this game, jumping on the Flames in the first inning with a...

NIU baseball looks to tame Cats

NIU baseball looks to tame ‘Cats

By Matt Hopkinson | April 30, 2012

NIU baseball will play host to Northwestern at a neutral, but familiar setting. The game will take place at Elfstrom field, the home of the Kane County Cougars. NIU (13-30, 7-11 MAC) will square off against Northwestern (14-26) for the only time this...

Baseball takes two out of three from Eastern Michigan

By Brian Thomas | April 29, 2012

Pitching was key for NIU baseball this weekend, as it won two out of three games on the road against Eastern Michigan. “I was really proud of the efforts,” said NIU coach Ed Mathey. “Especially our pitching staff and our defense. They were just...

Panthers thrash NIU baseball at home

By Brian Thomas | April 24, 2012

After being swept by Toledo over the weekend, NIU baseball fell at home to Milwaukee Tuesday 13-2. The Huskies (11-28, 5-10 MAC) have been struggling as of late, and have lost their last four games in-a-row. “We’re in a tough spot,” said NIU coach...

Toledo sweeps NIU baseball at home

By Matt Hopkinson | April 22, 2012

NIU baseball was unable to take advantage of its home field as it was swept in three games by Toledo over the weekend. Toledo (20-20, 9-6 MAC) won in a variety of fashions over the three game series against NIU (11-27, 5-10 MAC). In game one, Toledo came...

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Klonowski doing it all for baseball

By Brian Thomas | April 18, 2012

Typically players in sports will pick one position and focus on strictly that position. This isn’t the case for sophomore Alex Klonowski of NIU baseball. Klonowski came into NIU last season as an infielder, and on top of that, was a pitcher. Last season,...

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Baseball to take on Toledo

By Matt Hopkinson | April 18, 2012

NIU baseball hopes to carry its momentum from its last series into this weekend’s home series against Toledo. Toledo (17-19, 6-6 MAC) will come into the contest winners of its last five of six games, including two in the MAC. NIU (11-24, 5-7 MAC) will...

April 10, 2012 vs. ISU

Baseball sweeps Miami (Ohio) over weekend

By Matt Hopkinson | April 15, 2012

NIU baseball gained its composure and swept its three game series with Miami (Ohio) over the weekend, backed by power pitching and hitting. The Huskies blasted four home runs in three games, hitting more than half the amount they came in with in seven....

April 10, 2012 vs. ISU

Baseball trying to make late-season push for MAC tournament

By Matt Hopkinson | April 11, 2012

NIU baseball will resume MAC play as it will take on Miami (Ohio) for a weekend series starting Friday. The Redhawks (17-15, 4-5 MAC) are coming off a series loss against Ball State. Miami is 1-3 in its last four games. NIU (8-24, 2-7 MAC) will come in...

Redbirds annihilate baseball 22-3

Redbirds annihilate baseball 22-3

By Matt Hopkinson | April 10, 2012

NIU baseball closed its eight-game homestand in an affair it will likely forget versus Illinois State Tuesday afternoon. The Redbirds (20-10) scored 19 runs through the first five innings on their way to a 22-3 victory over NIU (8-24, 2-7 MAC). The Redbirds...