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Sophomore softball outfielder Jessica Rio considers how far she has come since being on the Blue Jays at 10 years old. Rio is second on the team in batting average.

Sophomore softball player realizes her potential

By Krystal Megan | May 8, 2017

DeKALB — A private party room at Aurelio’s Pizza was filled with blue balloons and about 15 kids, as sophomore softball outfielder Jessica Rio’s recreational softball team, the Blue Jays, celebrated the end of their season. This was the moment Rio...

Top 5 Athletes April 27-May 5

Top 5 Athletes April 27-May 5

By Scott A. Nicol | May 8, 2017

5. Junior softball infielder Bekah HarnishHarnish dropped out of the April 27 edition of the Top 5 Athletes after being No. 1 in the April 10 edition of Top 5.She dropped out of the Top 5, not so much because of her performance, but because other student-athletes,...

Head Coach Christina Sutcliffe and sophomore outfielder Katie Lamich celebrate during the last home game Saturday against Easter Michigan where the Huskies won 5-3.

Softball wins regular season finale

By Krystal Megan | May 7, 2017

DeKALB — Softball won its final regular season series when they defeated the University of Toledo Rockets in two of its three games this weekend.NIU (30-19, 15-9 Mid-American Conference) fell in Friday’s game, 6-3, but defeated the Rockets (24-34,...

Sophomore outfielder Jessica Rio slides into home plate against Eastern Michigan April 28. The Huskies beat the Eagles in three games. 

Softball beats Badgers

By Krystal Ward | May 3, 2017

Softball won its seventh consecutive game when it defeated the University of Wisconsin Badgers from the Big Ten Conference Tuesday in Madison, Wisconsin.Key hits in the seventh inning and a solid performance from sophomore pitcher Alex Frenz propelled...

Softball sweeps Eastern Michigan

By Krystal Ward | April 30, 2017

DeKALB — Softball completed its first conference sweep of the season when the Huskies beat the Eastern Michigan University Eagles in three games this weekend.The Huskies (27-18, 13-8 Mid-American Conference) scored 26 runs against the Eagles (15-32,...

Softball loses to top MAC contender

By Krystal Ward | April 23, 2017

DeKALB — Softball suffered its first series loss since April 4 when the Central Michigan University Chippewas defeated the Huskies in two of three games.The Chippewas (30-13, 13-4 Mid-American Conference) took the first game Friday, 2-1, and won the...

Junior pitcher Tara Thacker pitching during a March 31 game against the Bowling Green Falcons. The Huskies won their series against Western Michigan University. 

Softball closes out series against Broncos with a win

By Krystal Ward | April 16, 2017

DeKALB — Junior pitcher Keegan Hayes pitched two out of three games, both wins, for NIU as they defeated the Western Michigan University Broncos.Hayes pitched four innings in Friday’s 6-5 Huskie (20-16, 8-6 Mid-American Conference) win in the first...

Softball wins midweek battle

Softball wins midweek battle

By Krystal Ward | April 12, 2017
Outfielder Jessica Rio loads up her swing Friday against Akron University at Mary M. Bell Field. The Huskies defeated Loyola University 7-4 in the first game of the doubleheader Wednesday before the second game was cancelled due to inclement weather.
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 wins close series

By Krystal Ward | April 9, 2017

DeKALB — Softball won its three-game weekend series against the Kent State University Golden Flashes in three tightly contested games.The teams split Saturday’s doubleheader with Kent State (15-21, 5-6) taking the first game, 6-5, and NIU winning...

The team surrounds home plate after Senior Kali Kossakowski hit a home run during Saturday’s home game. The Huskies defeated the Bowling Green State University in two out of three games to win the weekend series. 

Softball wins two out of three games

By Krystal Ward | April 2, 2017

DeKALB — Softball won its three-game series against the Bowling Green State University Falcons as NIU continued its hot hitting.The Huskies (16-12, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) took Friday’s game, 10-5. The Falcons won the first matchup on Saturday,...

Northern Star Press Box feat. Kayti Grable, Alex Frenz and Tara Thacker

By Northern Star staff | March 28, 2017

This week's episode of Northern Star Press Box we sit down with NIU softball players Kayti Grable, Tara Thacker and Alex Frenz. We talked about karaoke songs, team tattoos and preseason/conference play.Hosts: Sports Editor Scott A. Nicol and sports writer...