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NIU Baseball splits weather-affected games

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This past week the baseball team experienced a lot of weather issues, which is only to be expected playing in Illinois this time of the year.  The weirdest issue was snow on Sunday, which we haven't seen in quite some time.  The BG game that was supposed to be on that day was officially canceled.  I've never been more happier that we're finally heading in to the month of April tomorrow.  The Huskies have Valpo and UW-Milwaukee the next couple days, but who knows if the weather is going to permit them to play.


DH Game 1: Northern Illinois 2 (8-13), Bradley 3 (6-11)

Due to some pitchers going down for us lately including Andy Deain who will use a medical redshirt, true freshman RHP Kyle Glancy made his first start of his young career last Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.  He didn't do that bad going 5 IP with 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB and 3 K's.

The bottom of the 6th was treacherous for the Huskies as they let Bradley take back the lead.  As RHP Zach Oates came in to relieve Glancy, he in turn loaded up the bases with a single and two walks.  It didn't help that freshman C Brett Frantini couldn't make a throw to 2nd base that advanced one of the runners to third base.  After that, LHP Tom Zelasko came in and threw a wild pitch to bring the go-ahead run in.

1B Dave Reynolds was the man in this game going 3 for 3 with 2 doubles.

3B Troy White went 2 for 3 as well, but nobody on our team could generate enough offense to win this 7-inning game.

LF Alex Beckmann and SS Marvin Sanchez both drew HBPs in the first inning and managed to score off of those.  Nobody on the team was able to draw a walk against the Braves.

DH Game 2: Northern Illinois 5 (9-13), Bradley 1 (6-12)

True Freshman LHP Tom Barry made the first start and was absoultely stellar giving up 3 H and 1 ER with 2 BB and 1 K.

3B Jordin Hood continues to rake going 3 for 4 with an RBI, a R and a SB.

C Sam Kapacinskas filled in nicely for Behren going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a HBP.

1B Joe Etcheverry was 1 for 2 with 2 RBI, 1 HBP and 2 SF.


"We had a couple walks that hurt us in the sixth inning of the first game, but our two starters went out and threw well though. You have a really good chance to win when your starters give up just six hits over nearly 13 innings. We just didn't take advantage of a couple situations in game one, but did so in game two."

Bowling Green 4 (9-12, 1-3), Northern Illinois 6 (10-13, 4-0)

LHP Chuck Lukanen was effective and ate up a bunch of innings with 7.1 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 BB and 5 K's.


"I thought Chuck Lukanen went out and threw the ball well for us," Mathey said. "He was ready to go more, but I just liked the matchup with Zach Oates better. Obviously, it was a righty on righty situation and Zach definitely has a contrasting pitching style to Chuck's. It takes a little bit to get used to. Zach did a nice job and made the pitches he had to make.

The key inning in this game was in the 4th when we managed to put 4 runs across the plate.

SS Alex Jones was only 1 for 5, but came through with the go-ahead 2-run single to round out the 4th inning scoring frenzy.

LF Alex Beckmann was 0 for 2 with 2 RBIs.  He scored players by walking in the 4th and a SF in the 8th inning.

DH Joe Etcheverry took a ton of pitches walking 3 times and scoring once.

1B Dave Reynolds was 1 for 3 with 2 R, 1 BB and 1 K.


Bowling Green 8 (10-12, 1-4), Northern Illinois 0 (10-14, 4-1)

RHP Nick Badgley kept us in this game going 6 IP giving up 6 H, 3 ER, 5 BB and 3 K's.  We had 3 errors in this game and 2 of them were throwing errors by Badge.  Only one run in this game was unearned though.  Wakefield and Z. Badgley in the bullpen gave up 2 R a piece towards the end of the game.

1B Dave Reynolds was 1 for 3 with a BB and a CS.  CF Pat Minogue had the only XBH with a double.  That was the extent of our offense for that day.


"We just didn't get anything going offensively today," said NIU head coach Ed Mathey. "I thought that Nick Badgley threw the ball well enough to give us a chance. Obviously we had some trouble with pick-off throws and walks today that Bowling Green took advantage of. Then they spread it out with the four runs in the ninth on a five walks. It was not one of our best efforts today that's for certain. Bowling Green's pitchers did a nice job and really kept us off balance all day."