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Baseball fans the flames in Chicago

By Andrew Singer | May 5, 2011

A night underneath the lights in Chicago ended well for the NIU baseball team, as the Huskies took down UIC 9-7 on Wednesday.An early onslaught of offense gave NIU (22-21 overall, 11-8 MAC) an 8-1 lead through three innings.UIC (22-19) loaded the bases...

NIU pitcher Tom Barry delivers a pitch during a game earlier in the season

Baseball suffers sweep over the weekend

By Andrew Singer | May 1, 2011

First place in the MAC West slipped from the grip of the NIU baseball team over the weekend, when Central Michigan swept the Huskies in Mount Pleasant, Mich. NIU (20-21 overall, 10-8 MAC) was on the losing side of two close games to start the series,...

Napientek: The man behind the curtain

By Andrew Singer | April 20, 2011

Pitching coach is Ray Napientek's only official title, but the fifth-year coach has a multitude of other jobs on the NIU baseball team. Napientek is the man behind the scenes responsible for coddling, scolding and joking with NIU's pitchers. Each pitcher...

Baseball takes 2 of 3 games

By Andrew Singer | April 17, 2011

A broken-down bus and a rained out game on Saturday weren't enough to stop the NIU baseball team from taking two of three games from Ohio over the weekend. The Huskies (17-17 overall, 8-4 MAC) came from behind on Friday for a 5-4 win, and dropped the...

NIU infielder Jamison Wells and the Huskies will travel to Ohio this weekend.

Huskies baseball heads to Ohio

By Andrew Singer | April 14, 2011

Jeremy Gonzales will ride a 25.2 scoreless inning streak into Ohio for a Sunday start in the NIU baseball team's three-game set with the Bobcats. Gonzales earned National Pitcher of the Week honors earlier this week from the National Collegiate Baseball...

Huskies halt Illinois State 4-1

By Andrew Singer | April 13, 2011

Hours after NIU starting pitcher Jeremy Gonzales was named National Pitcher of the Week by Pro-Line Athletic, the Huskies’ Tony Manville turned in a solid performance on the mound in a 4-1 win at Illinois State. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers...

Mathey’s Mantra: change the game

By Andrew Singer | April 11, 2011

Over two decades after coaching in his first college baseball game, there's still one thing that NIU head coach Ed Mathey doesn't understand. Why would anyone voluntarily schedule games in northern Illinois in early March? The roughly 20 games a year...

Huskie Briefs: April 12

By Andrew Singer | April 11, 2011

Gonzales garners MAC POTW honor Coming off a three-hit complete game shutout over the weekend, NIU starting pitcher Jeremy Gonzales was named MAC West Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday afternoon. This is the first time in Gonzales' four years at NIU that...

Baseball takes two of three from Miami

By Andrew Singer | April 10, 2011

Jeremy Gonzales pitched a three-hit complete game shutout in a 2-0 win over Miami (OH) on Sunday afternoon, as the NIU baseball team took two of three from the RedHawks over the weekend at Ralph McKinzie Field. The right-hander didn’t allow a batter...

NIU baseball sweeps three games from Buffalo

By Andrew Singer | April 3, 2011

Led by a potent offense on Saturday and a dominant pitching performance on Sunday, the NIU baseball team swept three games from Buffalo over the weekend. The Huskies took both games of a Saturday doubleheader, 9-4 and 12-4 respectively. Then, in the series...

Cold weather gets to Huskies

By Jimmy Johnson | March 27, 2011

DeKALB | In its first two games against Bowling Green, the NIU baseball team's bats were as cold as the weather they played in. The Huskies combined for eight hits and two runs in their first two contests against the Falcons, with both runs coming in...

Baseball takes one of three games over the weekend

By Andrew Singer | March 27, 2011

DeKALB | A stellar outing from NIU starting pitcher Jeremy Gonzales keyed a 3-0 win on Sunday, salvaging the last of a three-game series against the Bowling Green baseball team. For the first two games of the home-opening series, it was hard to tell what...