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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

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 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...

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

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 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

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 wins midweek battle

Softball wins midweek battle

By Krystal Ward | April 12, 2017

DeKalb — Softball won its midweek matchup at home against the Ball State University Cardinals behind a strong performance from junior pitcher Tara Thacker.

The Huskies (19-15, 7-5 Mid-American Conference) defeated the Cardinals (25-19, 9-3 MAC), 6-3, Wednesday at Mary M. Bell Field in DeKalb.

Thacker (5-7) pitched all seven innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, with five strikeouts and seven walks.

“[Thacker] did a really good job in the first and second inning of getting us off the field [and] making a pitch when they needed to,” said Head Coach Christina Sutcliffe. “[Thacker] was able to get them to popup quite a bit, which was really nice to see.”

Senior first baseman Kayti Grable and Bekah Harnish, junior catcher and infielder, both went 2-for-3. Grable drove in three runs and Harnish had a run and an RBI.

Sophomore outfielder Jessica Rio went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a walk. Sutcliffe said she was a little nervous when the Cardinals scored in the first inning, but the Huskies bounced back and had three great innings of scoring.

With two outs in the bottom of the second inning, the Huskies scored three runs to take a 4-2 lead. Sophomore outfielder Jenny Van Geertry walked and advanced to second base on a single by Rio.

Harnish singled to right field to score Van Geertry and advanced to second base on an errant throw.

Grable doubled to center field to score Rio and Harnish.

In the bottom of the third inning, sophomore outfielder Katie Lamich singled to left field and scored on a home run by sophomore infielder Sam Schmidt to give NIU a 6-2 lead, which was all the offense it needed for the game.

Senior outfielder Rachel Houck sent Thacker’s pitch over the left field fence to tack on one more run for the Cardinals in the top of the seventh inning, but a line out and two strikeouts later ended the game and gave NIU the win.

The Huskies will be back in action this weekend in a four-game series against Western Michigan University beginning with a game 2 p.m. Friday in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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

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

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...