The Northern Illinois started conference play with a bang.
The Huskies had a breakout performance at the plate and dominated for a 16-2 win at Toledo in the open Mid-American Conference play on Friday night.
Northern Illinois entered the day with a 4-16 record before exploding for 17 hits in the win over the Rockets. Jesus Tovar and Tommy Szczasny each blasted home runs in the victory.
The Huskies scored five runs in both the fifth and ninth innings and Joe Hawks picked up the win for Northern Illinois.
Huskies split with Akron: Northern Illinois opened up conference play with a close, 3-1 win over Akron before falling, 10-3, to the Zips on Friday at Mary M. Field in DeKalb.
In the first game, Huskies starter Alex Frenz limited Akron's offense, picking up the win by allowing one run on four hits in six innings of work. Tara Thacker earned a save, pitching a scoreless seventh.
Bekah Harnish, Alaynie Woollard and Rebecca Rupard each had an RBI for the Huskies, who scored a run in the fifth and six innings to take the lead.
In the second game, the Huskies (12-10 overall, 1-1 in MAC West) only had two hits – one of which was a home run by Jenny Van Geertry.