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NIU Baseball: Huskies get swept by KSU Flashes on the road

Game 1: Northern Illinois 3 (11-15, 4-2), Kent State 9 (19-6, 5-1)

Lefty pitcher Chuck Lukanen didn't have his A game as he went 5 innings and gave up 11 H, 6 ER with 3 BB and 3 K's.

The 4th inning was brutal for our defense.  Both RF Jordin hood and SS Alex Jones both had throwing errors which ended up in 2 runs being unearned.  2B Joe Buonavolanto also had 2 throwing errors, but got lucky as neither of those runners came across the plate.


"You can't give a good team four extra outs on the defensive side and walk guys the way we did," said NIU head coach Ed Mathey on his team's four errors and four walks. "Chuck Lukanen didn't pitch as well as he had been, and it was cold and rainy, but they are a good baseball team. I give them credit. They played good baseball today."

C Matt Behren contributed with a 3-run HR, which ended up being the only 3 runs that we scored in this game.

OF Jordin Hood went 2 for 3 with a R, a HBP and a CS.

Strikeouts were a huge problem for the Huskies in this one.  NIU struck out 14 times compared to only 4 times on the KSU side.


Game 2: Northern Illinois 9 (11-16, 4-3), Kent State 20 (20-6, 6-1)

RHP Nick Badgley couldn't get out of the first inning, giving up 7 ER to start out the game.  He got hit hard as gave up 9 hits while only walking 1 with 2 SO.

Badge's replacement RHP Sam Kapacinskas subsequently gave up 6 ER in the 5th inning.


"They are a good hitting team, the wind was blowing out, and Nick Badgley wasn't sharp," said NIU head coach Ed Mathey. "That's not a good combination. Seven runs in the first is tough to come back from. We overcame that inning, but couldn't overcome the eight-run fifth. Nick had only one walk, but they were hitting him pretty well."

The Huskies gave up 10 XBHs in this game including 3 Golden Flash HRs.

3B Troy White continues to struggle defensively with a fielding error that allowed a run in the 3rd.  2B Alex Beckmann had 2 fielding errors, including one that let a runner cross the plate in the 5th inning.

The offense put some runs on the board, but it was too little too late for the Huskies in this game.

C Matt Behren continued to stay hot hitting a 3-run HR in his 2nd straight game.  LF Jordin Hood joined in the action hitting a 2-run HR, with a HBP, a walk and 2 runs scored.

RF Nick Morreale filled in nicely out of the dugout going 2 for 3 with a 2B, 3 RBIs, a R and a SO.


Game 3: Northern Illinois 9 (11-17, 4-4), Kent State 13 (21-6, 7-1)

LHP Dave Reynolds had a respectable game going 4 IP, giving up 8 H, 4 ER with 3 K's and only 1 BB.  Kyle Glancy and Tom Zelasko were good in relief giving up 2 ER between them.

However in the bottom of the 9th inning, RHP Zach Oates came in to a game tied 9-9 and this happened:

Kent State 9th - KLAFCZYNSKI reached on a fielding error by 2b. OATES to
p for ZELASKO. HUMPHREYS singled up the middle; KLAFCZYNSKI advanced to third.
PATTON intentionally walked; HUMPHREYS advanced to second. SHAW pinch hit for
HINDEL. SHAW homered to left field, 4 RBI; PATTON scored; HUMPHREYS scored;
, unearned. 4 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

At least we were in position to win this game, but we just couldn't close it out against a great offensive team.  The main problem in this game was the 4 errors, which led to 4 unearned runs.


"Our guys came out and hit the ball hard today," said NIU head coach Ed Mathey. "I was proud of that, but we didn't get it done as far as winning. The story of today's game is that we gave away too many runs defensively. Both teams came out and played hard. Both teams swung the bats well. We had two teams battling as they were trying to get the sweep and we were trying to prevent it. It was an exciting game that wasn't very clean at times, but when you have the last at-bat, you have an advantage in this type of game with all the lead changes."

2B Joe Buonavolanto had 2 fielding errors, which is somewhat becoming a trend.  Both 1B Justin Behm and RF Nick Badgley both had throwing errors, which cost us 2 extra unearned runs as well.

LF/3B Jordin Hood continues to rake as he was 2 for 4 with a 2B, a HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R and a HBP.

SS Alex Jones did a nice job leading off going 2 for 4 with a 2B, an RBI and a R.  He also had zero errors and strikeouts.

Next up for the Huskies: @ ISU on Tues, @ Northwestern on Wed