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Senior Nicole Gremillion waits on a pitch in a game against Buffalo Saturday. The Huskies lit up UIC Tuesday, winning 12-4.

Softball blows up Flames

By Frank Gogola | April 29, 2014

Softball’s offense couldn’t be cooled down after it took a few innings to heat up in its final non-conference game.The Huskies’ (21-27) bats carried the team while the relief pitching sealed the deal in a 12-4 beatdown of the Illinois-Chicago Flames...

Softball’s slide hits three games

By Frank Gogola | April 27, 2014

With the MAC Tournament approaching quickly, softball suffered a setback against a pair of cross-divisional opponents over the weekend.The Huskies (20-27, 8-10 MAC) split their Friday doubleheader against the Kent State Golden Flashes (24-16, 10-4 MAC)...

Softball drops pair at Loyola

By Frank Gogola | April 23, 2014

Softball enters its final weekend of home games in the midst of a season-long three-game losing streak; it’s the third time this season the Huskies have lost three games in a row.The Huskies (19-24) lost game one against the Loyola Ramblers (19-27),...

Softball splits Michigan road trip

By Frank Gogola | April 20, 2014

Softball returned from its four-game Michigan road trip the same way it left: three games below .500.The Huskies (19-22, 7-7 MAC) split a Friday doubleheader against the Central Michigan Chippewas (28-15, 7-5 MAC) at Margo Jonker Stadium in Mt. Pleasant,...

Senior Nicole Gremillion has started all 37 games in left field and batting leadoff for softball this season.

Gremillion provides charge

By Frank Gogola | April 15, 2014

Consistency is the first thing Nicole Gremillion’s coaches and teammates mention when they talk about her.Senior left fielder Gremillion, of Missouri City, Texas, has started in 191 of 201 games during more than three seasons in DeKalb. In each of her...

Senior Nicole Gremillion runs to second base during a game against Bowling Green March 29. Softball lost both games of a doubleheader against Valpariaso Tuesday.

Softball swept by Valpo, ending streak

By Frank Gogola | April 8, 2014

Softball entered Valparaiso, Ind., on a four-game winning streak but left with a pair of losses.The Huskies (15-18) dropped the doubleheader opener against the Valparaiso Crusaders (13-23), 8-6, Tuesday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field in Valparaiso,...

Softball blasts Western Michigan

Softball blasts Western Michigan

By Frank Gogola | April 6, 2014

Softball stretched its winning streak to a season-long four games with a sweep of Western Michigan over the weekend.The Huskies (15-16, 3-3 MAC) defeated the Western Michigan Broncos (11-23, 2-4 MAC), 10-1, in five innings via the run rule Saturday at...

Senior shortstop Shelby Miller tries to tag out Toledo senior infielder Lani Ernst, who’s attempting to steal second base during the first of two Sunday games at Mary M. Bell Field. Miller didn’t commit any fielding errors during the Huskies’ Friday and Saturday games against the Bowling Green Falcons or during their Sunday doubleheader against the Toledo Rockets. Miller, who has committed a total of six errors during the 2014 season, hasn’t committed an error in the last 10 games.

No home-field advantage for softball

By Frank Gogola | March 30, 2014

Softball failed to string together wins, dropping three of its first four conference games over the weekend.The Huskies (11-16, 1-3 MAC) split their two-game series vs. the Bowling Green Falcons (11-16-1, 2-2 MAC) Friday and Saturday at Mary M. Bell Field....

Softball drops six of nine games over spring break

By Frank Gogola | March 16, 2014

Softball picked up three wins during spring break, but it also dropped six games during that stretch.The Huskies (9-11) posted a 1-2 record at the Shocker Softball Classic March 8 and 9 in Wichita, Kan., dropped a doubleheader Tuesday in Kansas City,...

Softball goes 1-1 in rain shortened tournament

By Frank Gogola | March 2, 2014

Softball split a pair of games Saturday at the Evansville Tournament, as it had a hard time finding the all-around consistency it has looked for this season.The Huskies (6-5) beat the Northern Kentucky Norse (1-10), 4-3, Saturday in Evansville, Ind. They...

Softball loses 3 of 5

By Frank Gogola | February 9, 2014

Softball had its share of ups and downs this weekend, as it managed two wins in its season-opening, five-game tournament.The Huskies opened the FAU Kick-Off Classic with a split decision against Louisville and Florida Atlantic Friday in Boca Raton, Fla....

Softball ready for first game of season.

By Frank Gogola | February 5, 2014

Softball is getting back in the swing of things following a successful season with a deep run in the Mid-American Conference tournament.Under the guidance of first-year head coach Christina Sutcliffe, the Huskies (27-31, 14-8 MAC) advanced to the MAC...