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NIU baseball set to play ISU at home

By Matt Hopkinson | April 9, 2012

NIU baseball looks to end its three-game losing-streak as they host Illinois State Tuesday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field. This game will serve as the wrap up to an eight game home-stand, in which NIU (8-23, 2-7 MAC) can go to 4-4 or 3-5 on the home-stand,...

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Baseball looks to silence Bobcats’ hot-hitting lineup

By Brian Thomas | April 4, 2012

Coming off winning three of its last four games, NIU baseball will host MAC opponent Ohio for a weekend-series starting Friday. The Huskies (8-20, 2-4 MAC) are looking to win their second MAC series in-a-row after taking two of three from Akron last weekend....

The art of the lead-off hitter

By Matt Hopkinson | April 2, 2012

There has been a long-standing debate about the value and importance of having a leadoff hitter in baseball. On one hand, the leadoff hitter will only start an inning three to four times in a typical game, so that value is not always present. There is,...

Baseball takes 2 of 3 games against Akron

By Brain Thomas | April 1, 2012

In its home weekend series, NIU baseball won two of three games over Akron. The Huskies (8-20, 2-4 MAC) bounced back after being swept last weekend by Kent State and won its first MAC series of the season. “That is our goal,” said NIU coach Ed Mathey....

NIU baseball to host Akron over weekend

By Matt Hopkinson | March 28, 2012

In its second MAC series of the season, NIU will play host to Akron for a three-game series from Friday to Sunday. NIU (6-19, 0-3 MAC) is coming off a win at home against UW-Milwaukee, and will come in on two day’s rest. Akron (9-15, 2-1 MAC) will come...

Shortstop Alex Jones watches a grounder into his glove during Tuesdays 5-4 victory.

Hermsen allows one run, Huskies defeat UW-Milwaukee

By Matt Hopkinson | March 27, 2012

A solid start from Jake Hermsen and timely offense helped NIU men’s baseball defeat UW-Milwaukee 5-4 at Ralph McKinzie Field Tuesday. The Huskies (6-19, 0-3 MAC) were in a hole to begin the game, the Panthers scored (6-15) a run in the top of the first...

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Baseball welcomes Milwaukee at home

By Brian Thomas | March 26, 2012

After being swept by MAC opponent Kent State in its weekend-series, NIU baseball will take a one-game break from conference play and host Milwaukee Tuesday. “Just like any team, they’re not satisfied with going on the road and not winning a game all...

Baseball swept by Kent State

By Matt Hopkinson | March 25, 2012

In the first its first series against a MAC opponent, NIU men’s baseball was unable to overcome Kent State, getting swept in three games. The first game of the series featured a 12-6 victory by Kent State (11-10, 3-0 MAC), in which NIU (5-19, 0-3 MAC)...

Bullpen hails offense for Huskies

By Matt Hopkinson | March 20, 2012

In a game that saw a combined 21 men left on base, NIU baseball was able to outlast the UIC Flames Tuesday afternoon. While the Huskies had a crooked number frame in the second - posting six runs - UIC was unable to push across enough men to overtake...

Baseball wins home opener

By Brian Thomas | March 20, 2012

In its first home game of the season, NIU baseball earned a win over the UIC Flames, 8-6. This is the Huskies (5-16) third consecutive win. NIU’s lineup scored six of its eight runs in the second inning. “That one inning literally cost us the game,”...

Baseball set to open at home

By Matt Hopkinson | March 19, 2012

NIU baseball has endured the long haul and will play its first home game today against the UIC Flames. The Huskies will hope to carry some momentum from their last two victories of their road trip into this game. The most notable of that momentum coming...

Baseball no longer winless

By Brian Thomas | March 18, 2012

NIU baseball went on a nine game road trip across the Midwest over the spring break period. The Huskies (4-16) went in without a win, but went 4-5 in the overall trip earning wins against Austin Peay, (5-1) in a 10 inning affair, Arkansas St, (6-5) Southern...