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Top 5 Athletes

Top 5 Athletes

By Scott A. Nicol | April 10, 2017

The stats are from games, meets and matches that occurred after 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and before 5 p.m. Sunday. If you feel there are student-athletes left off who deserve to be on the list or in upcoming weeks, tweet us at @NIUNorthernStar using #NIUTop5.Top...

Softball named MAC West champs

Softball named MAC West champs

By Atlee Hargis | May 8, 2016

Senior outfielder Caitlyn Warren (right) high fives freshman infielder Dominique Greeno after scoring on a successful sacrifice bunt during a game against Central Michigan University on Friday at Mary M. Bell Field. The Huskies claimed the MAC West title...

Softball on pace to finish with most wins in 16 years

By Christopher Loggins | April 21, 2016

Softball will look to climb back to the top of the MAC West this week as it takes on Eastern Michigan University in a series starting at 1 p.m. Friday in Ypsilanti, Mich.The Huskies (28-13) have lost five of their last 10 games after a 14-game winning...

Women’s softball look to improve in St Louis tournament

By Keelen Holcomb | March 3, 2016

Softball (6-4) will look to improve on a 4-1 weekend as the team heads to St. Louis for the Cancer Awareness Tournament at Saint Louis University.The Huskies are set to play four games in the tournament, opening up against the University of Missouri-Kansas...

Softball preps for another long weekend

By Keelen Holcomb | February 26, 2016

Softball (2-3) will get its long weekend started today as the team prepares to compete in the Grand Canyon University Tournament in Phoenix.The Huskies will play two games today, the first coming against Texas State University and the second against Grand...

NIU softball: Five Huskies earn conference honors

By Northern Star staff | May 5, 2015

Five softball student-athletes earned All-MAC honors, the conference announced Tuesday.Sophomore first baseman Kayti Grable, junior catcher Emily Naegele and senior utility player/pitcher Jessica Sturm were named to the All-MAC First Team. Freshman pitcher...

NIU softball: Huskies head to MAC Tournament as 6th seed

By Chris Loggins | May 4, 2015

The softball MAC Tournament looks to be an interesting one as usual, as several teams have promising chances of making some noise.The Huskies have remained one of the top teams in the MAC throughout the season, finishing 28-23 overall and 11-9 in the...

NIU softball: Huskies close regular season with 1-3 weekend

By Chris Loggins | May 4, 2015

Softball had a bit of a rough weekend, going 1-3 in two series against the Buffalo Bulls (13-37, 5-15 MAC) and the Kent State Golden Flashes (39-11, 17-4 MAC).The Huskies began with a 7-0 defeat of Buffalo before losing game two, 5-4. They were swept...

Softball sweeps Eagles, ties Chippewas at home

By Chris Loggins | April 27, 2015

Softball went 3-1 on the weekend, hosting series against the Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Central Michigan Chippewas.The Huskies (26-20, 10-6 MAC) swept the series against Eastern Michigan (15-29, 4-11 MAC) and went 1-1 in their series against Central...

Softball first baseman Kayti Grable awaits a pitch in the game against the North Dakota State Bison on March 19 at Mary M. Bell Field. Grable leads the Huskies in batting average (.418) and on-base percentage (.507), and ranks third in fielding percentage (.983).

NIU softball: Kayti Grable avoids sophomore slump

By Chris Loggins | April 23, 2015

Softball has birthed an emerging player in sophomore first baseman Kayti Grable.Grable has continued and improved her impactful play after a freshman year in which she won MAC Freshman of the Year and received both All-MAC and MAC All-Freshman awards.In...

NIU softball: Huskies split pair of doubleheaders

By Chris Loggins | April 20, 2015

Softball split a pair of series over the weekend for a 2-2 record.The Huskies (23-19, 7-5 MAC) got things started against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (24-19, 8-6 MAC), defeating them 2-1 in game one of the series before the RedHawks took game two by a score...

NIU softball: Emily Naegele back on field after injury

By Chris Loggins | April 20, 2015

Softball junior catcher Emily Naegele is getting back in her groove with the Huskies as the season heads into the home stretch.In two seasons at NIU, Naegele has turned into a huge player for the Huskies with 11 home runs, six triples, 99 hits and a collection...