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DeKALB – The Northern Illinois baseball team added a 10th player to its 2014 signing class Monday, announcing the addition of Hinsdale South High School infielder Don Buonavolanto. Don is following in the footsteps of older brother, Joe, who played at NIU from 2007 to 10.
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Tied 3-3 after nine innings, the NIU Huskies (9-22-1, 5-6 MAC) came through with two runs in the top of the 10th at Eastern Michigan (11-21, 1-10 MAC) to earn its first extra innings victory and clinch the series, 5-3. Pitcher Ben Neumann improved to 3-0 on the season, finishing the final 1.2 innings of the game. Freshman Carl Russell extended his hitting streak to 10-games.
DeKALB – A complete game, one-hit shutout by Alex Klonowski – the first for Northern Illinois baseball since April 1, 1997, at Valparaiso – served as a catalyst for a Northern Illinois victory over Toledo on Sunday afternoon as the Huskies defeated the Rockets, 7-0.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Northern Illinois may have started slow against Missouri State in the opening game of the Fuddrucker’s Lobo Invite at the University of New Mexico, but it finished as it accounted for eight runs in the bottom of the ninth. However, the Huskies (0-4) were unable to get over the final hump as it fell to the Bears (3-1), 9-8. Brandon Mallder (Bridgeview, Ill./St. Laurence) who entered the game in the eighth inning, finished 2-for-2 with a double, three RBI and run in the ninth inning alone.
GLENDALE, Ariz.  – Northern Illinois and Minnesota played a back and forth baseball game for seven and a half innings, until the Golden Gophers (3-0) accounted for six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie with the Huskies (0-3) and take the final game of the series, 11-5. NIU outhit UM in the game, 13-11.
The Northern Illinois baseball team opened the 2014 season with a 3-2, 10-inning loss to Minnesota at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.
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DeKALB – It's all hands on deck for the Northern Illinois pitching staff this week.
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Northern Illinois baseball team (22-32, 16-11 MAC) clinched its first ever Mid-American Conference West division championship Saturday afternoon in 10 innings at Ball Diamond as the Huskies defeated Ball State (28-23, 15-12 MAC) on Connor Schomig’s three-run double, 6-4. NIU will begin the MAC Tournament in Avon, Ohio May 22-25 at All Pro Freight Stadium. It is the Huskies highest-ever seeding in the MAC Tournament.
MUNCIE, Ind. - Northern Illinois reliever Zach Badgley worked 4.2 innings for Huskies, limiting Ball State to one run, two hits and two strikeouts. NIU (21-32, 15-11 MAC) would fall to BSU (28-22, 15-11 MAC) in game two of the series, 14-3. Tomorrow’s game will now decide the Mid-American Conference West division champion.
DeKALB – Northern Illinois senior Jamison Wells told his young baseball teammates not to concern themselves with the coaches’ poll that ranked them last in the MAC West.
DeKALB – Northern Illinois baseball coach Ed Mathey will watch game tape after the Huskies' 12-7 loss to Eastern Michigan, which came on the heels of a 17-12 loss the day before. He'll dissect his pitchers' mechanics in hopes of finding a few easy fixes.
DeKALB, Ill. – It was a hitters day at Ralph McKinzie Field with winds blowing out from home plate to cause havoc to players on the field. Though Northern Illlinois (21-27, 15-8 MAC) took advantage of those opportunities, Eastern Michigan (23-26, 10-13 MAC) capitalized more to defeat the Huskies, 17-12. Joe Battaglia was 2-for-2 with two RBI and run, including a pinch-hit homerun.
TOLEDO, Ohio – For the first time since March 22-24 versus Kent State, the Northern Illinois baseball team (20-26, 14-7 MAC) dropped a series, falling in game three at Toledo (19-27, 10-11 MAC), 9-2.
TOLEDO, Ohio – Northern Illinois (20-25, 14-6 MAC) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning at Toledo (18-26, 9-11 MAC) Saturday but the Rockets countered back with two runs in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead and hold it to defeat the Huskies, 6-3. Sophomore Micah McCulloch led NIU at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 with a run and two doubles. Northern Illinois outhit the Rockets, 11-10.
TOLEDO, Ohio - Junior pitchers Eli Anderson and Kevin Sweeney combined for Northern Illinois second shutout of the season in Toledo as the Huskies (20-24, 14-5 MAC) defeated the Rockets (17-26, 8-11 MAC), 4-0. Freshman Tommy Hook finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and a triple.
DeKALB – Ed Mathey knew his Northern Illinois baseball team had a lot to prove this season.
CHICAGO, Ill. – A five-hit five run rally in the top of the eighth inning for Northern Illinois (19-24) overcame a 5-2 UIC (20-21) lead as the Huskies went on to extinguish the Flames, 7-5. Seven different NIU players drove in the runs with Joe Battaglia leading the way again for the Huskies on a 2-for-3, one home run, two run night at Les Miller Field. Jeff Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to nine games on a 2-for-5 night with a double, an RBI and a run.
DeKALB, Ill. – Down 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh to Miami (Ohio) (20-22, 10-8 MAC), the Northern Illinois baseball team (18-23, 13-5 MAC) rallied back to within one run but was unable to get over the hump as the Huskies fell to Redhawks, 6-4. Pitcher/designated hitter Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) finished 3-for-5 with two RBI in the game. Northern Illinois outhit Miami (Ohio), 11-9.
DeKALB, Ill. – A two out, bases loaded walk-off single by Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) overshadowed a complete game pitching effort by Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) as Northern Illinois (18-22, 13-4 MAC) defeated Miami (Ohio), 4-3, to clinch the series. The Redhawks (19-22, 9-8 MAC) took the lead in the top of ninth, 3-2, before NIU’s two out rally. The Huskies have driven in 46 runs with two outs in their 17 MAC contests.
DeKALB, Ill. – Freshman Justin Ruckman (Kankakee/Herscher) threw a two-hit complete game, Northern Illinois’ second such performance of the season, as the Huskies (17-22, 12-4 MAC) defeated Miami (Ohio), 3-1. It was NIU’s seventh complete game of the season and the first of Ruckman’s career. He completed the game with two hits, one earned run, two walks and five strikeouts.
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Northern Illinois baseball team (16-22) outhit Iowa in a midweek affair, 6-4, but the Hawkeyes would prevail in the end, 3-2. Both teams committed one error in the game with both of them leading to runs scored in the game. Freshman Tommy Hook finished 2-for-3 in the game with a triple, two runs and a walk. NIU’s pitching staff combined for eight walks in the effort.
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