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The Huskies throw out a runner at first base in their 9-1 home win Friday against Buffalo. NIU has won four consecutive games.  

Softball extends winning streak to four

By Khobi Price | April 2, 2018

DeKALB — The softball team completed its three-game sweep of the University of Buffalo Bulls Saturday with a 7-5 victory in an offensive dual at Mary M. Bell Field.The Huskies (13-20, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) tallied double digit hits and scored...

Softball goes 2-3 over weekend

By Rick Green | February 19, 2018

DeKALB — The softball team earned its first two wins of the young season in the College of Charleston Tournament.“There is a lot of room for improvement, but we are in a better spot this week than last week,” said Head Coach Christina Sutcliffe.Friday...

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,...

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.

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...

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...

Members of the softball team gather at the mound in Fridays first game against University of Akron Zips. The Huskies went on to defeat the Zips in this game 3-1.

Softball defeats Zips in first home series of season

By Krystal Ward | March 26, 2017

DeKALB — Softball won its home and Mid-American Conference opening series this weekend against the University of Akron Zips behind strong pitching from sophomore pitcher Alex Frenz. The teams split Friday’s double-header, with NIU (13-11, 2-1 Mid-American...

Softball goes 4-1 in Arizona tourney

By Christopher Loggins | February 29, 2016

Softball (6-4) moved over .500 for the first time this season, picking up four wins in the Grand Canyon University Invitational over the weekend.The Huskies played a total of five games over the weekend, including two against Texas State University, two...