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Senior catcher Colin Summerhill (8) tags Bowling Green freshman catcher Garrett Wright (3) for the out at home plate during the sixth inning of an NIU baseball game on April 6. Summerhill hit his 13th home run of the 2024 season against the University of Illinois on Saturday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Baseball drops series to Illinois in blowout fashion

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | April 14, 2024

The University of Illinois Fighting Illini (19-13, 7-2 Big Ten) cruised to a 16-5 victory over NIU baseball (11-23, 6-9 MAC) for its second-consecutive double digit win over the Huskies Saturday. For a second straight game, Illinois’ offense was...

Senior outfielder/catcher Collin Summerhill catches a baseball before an NIU baseball game against Louisiana State University. Summerhill hit his ninth home run of the 2024 season in a 5-3 win over the University of Toledo on Saturday. (Courtesy of Jonathan Mailhes)

Huskies avoid sweep behind Summerhill longball

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 31, 2024

Senior catcher/outfielder Colin Summerhill’s ninth home run of the season proved to be the difference in NIU baseball’s (10-18, 6-6 MAC) 5-3 triumph over the University of Toledo Rockets (13-14, 8-4 MAC) Saturday.  "Games like today are big, when...

Then-junior outfielder Eric Erato (5) watches a pop-up on April 8, 2023. Erato collected a hit in his 12th game out of his last 13 as NIU baseball lost 23-4 to the University of Toledo Thursday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies toppled by Toledo in 23-4 rout

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | March 28, 2024

Following NIU baseball’s (9-17, 5-5 MAC) 17-8 victory over Northwestern University on Tuesday, the Huskies offense was held to only four runs to open its series against the University of Toledo (12-13, 7-3 MAC). PITCHING MELTDOWN Freshman pitcher...

Redshirt sophomore Adam Brouwer delivers a pitch against Miami University at McKie Field at Hayden Park in Oxford, Ohio. Brouwers seven-inning shutout performance boosted the Huskies to a 1-0 win over the RedHawks on Sunday. (Ellison Neumann | Courtesy of Miami Athletics)

Huskies take down Miami in pitchers duel

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 24, 2024

Behind the best performance of redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Brouwer’s career, NIU baseball (8-16, 5-4 MAC) snuck past the Miami University RedHawks (9-13, 4-5 MAC) 1-0 Sunday.  Brouwer pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and walking...

Then junior infielder/outfielder Andrew Smart (27) takes a practice swing while on-deck on March 24, 2023. NIU baseball lost its fourth straight game as it lost 7-4 to Miami University. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies end MAC series winning streak

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 24, 2024

A shutout performance from the University of Miami RedHawks (9-12, 4-4 MAC) bullpen led Miami to a 7-4 victory over NIU baseball (7-16, 4-4 MAC) Saturday, handing the Huskies their first conference series loss of 2024.  The Huskies opened up MAC play...

Senior outfielder/infielder Parker Shupe throws from the outfield in an NIU baseball game against Louisiana State University. NIU baseball started the 2024 season 7-14, but already look to surpass the total win count of the 2023 season. (Courtesy of Jonathan Mailhes)

COLUMN: NIU Baseball poised for a bounce back season

By Zachary Bertram and Joseph Segreti | March 21, 2024

Under first year NIU baseball head coach Ryan Copeland, NIU baseball (7-14, 4-2 MAC) is well on its way to shattering both their conference win total and overall win total from a season ago.  After going 5-24 in conference play in 2023, the Huskies...

Senior pitcher Ryan Linkletter throws a pitch in an NIU baseball game against Lousiana State University. Linkletter gave up four runs on three hits against Illinois State University on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Jonathan Mailhes)

Baseball drops midweek shootout against Illinois State

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | March 20, 2024

NIU baseball (7-14, 4-2 MAC) dropped its matinee slugfest to Illinois State University (10-9) Wednesday by a score of 16-12.  In a game where the Huskies gave up 16 runs, NIU used nine pitchers over eight innings with freshman pitcher Alex Day having...

Then-junior infielder Eric Erato swings at a pitch against the University of Illinois Chicago on April 25, 2023. Erato went 3-for-5 in NIU baseballs 6-1 victory over Ohio University on Sunday. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Shutdown pitching powers NIU to first MAC-series win since 2021

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 12, 2024

Behind a dominant start from redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Brouwer, NIU baseball (5-11, 2-1 MAC) cruised to a 6-1 rubber match victory over the Ohio University Bobcats (5-8, 1-2 MAC) in its first series of conference play Sunday. After a doubleheader...

Senior infielder Andre Demetral focuses on a throw during an NIU baseball game against Louisiana State University. Demetral recorded one hit in the Huskies 14-1 loss to the University of Cincinnati on Sunday. (Courtesy of Jonathan Mailhes)

Baseball bags ‘Boneyard Win’, drops 2 to Bearcats

By Zachary Bertram and Joseph Segreti | March 3, 2024

After falling to the University of Cincinnati Bearcats (6-5) 6-5 on a walk-off hit by pitch in Game 1, NIU baseball (3-9) bounced back for a 6-4 win behind the best performance of freshman catcher Cooper Cohn’s young career in Game 2.  Despite allowing...

NIU senior outfielder/catcher Colin Summerhill throws during Thursday’s 10-2 loss to then-second-ranked Louisiana State University at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Summerhill’s RBI double in the ninth inning of Saturday’s rematch helped the Huskies avoid a shutout in their 5-2 defeat to the third-ranked Tigers. (Courtesy of Jonathan Mailhes)

Baseball outhits No. 3 LSU in weekend finale

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | February 25, 2024

Despite playing under the sunny Saturday skies of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, NIU’s offense played eight innings of baseball as cold as the temperatures back home in DeKalb, Illinois. Trailing 5-0 with two hits entering the ninth inning, NIU baseball...

From left: Then-NIU junior catcher Colin Summerhill (8), then-junior shortstop Andre Demetral (1), then-redshirt sophomore pitcher Matt Salomonson (34), then-junior second baseman Aaron Harper (22) and then-junior first baseman Andrew Smart (27) approach the pitchers mound early into the Huskies’ game against Ohio University on March 24. New head coach Ryan Copeland announced 13 new recruits for the 2025 season. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Baseball announces 13 new recruits

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | November 27, 2023

NIU men’s baseball head coach Ryan Copeland announced 13 new signings for the 2025 season on Friday.  Eight of the new recruits are incoming freshmen, four of whom are from Illinois.  Catcher Conner Mendell and pitcher Carter Cox will both be...