COLLEGE BASEBALL CENTRAL ON CAMPUS FOR FIRST NIU PRACTICE

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To steal and paraphrase a line from Major League, "welcome, to another season of Northern Illinois baseball."

The defending Mid-American Conference West Division Champion Huskies opened practice Friday, January 24 at the brand Chessick Practice Center, adjacent to the Yordon Center. It was the team's first full practice at the facility.

Matt Gray of College Baseball Central, a former scout turned writer, came out from Woodstock, Ill. to take in the opening practice of the season, snap some photos and talk with a few players and coaches.

Gray has already written three articles on the Huskies, talking with Head Coach Ed Mathey, 2013 First Team All-MAC pitcher Eli Anderson and with various others about the first practice of the season.

All three stories are shared below:
Ed Mathey Focused on Pitching and Process for Northern Illinois (Jan. 22)
Eli Anderson: From the Shadows to the Spotlight for NIU (Jan. 23)
Northern Illinois University Opens New Facility, New Baseball Season (Jan. 24)

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Men's Tennis: The Huskies took on No. 30 Drake on Friday, losing 4-3. The Huskies started off strong in this one, claiming the doubles point for an early 1-0 edge. The rest of the match was back-and-forth battle, resulting in NIU falling just short. The Huskies will host a doubleheader on Friday against IPFW and Chicago State. 

Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois has played three games over the last week, dropping them all. On Wednesday, January 15, the Huskies took on Kent State. The game went to overtime, the first of its kind of the 2013-14 season, but NIU fell 73-64. On Saturday, January 18, NIU faced Ohio. This one ended 65-46 in favor of Ohio. On Wednesday, January 22, The Huskies travelled to Toledo, dropping the affair 70-68. NIU is now 7-10 on the season. 

Women's Basketball: The Huskies have gone 1-2 in three games recently, bringing their record to 7-9 on the season. On Wednesday, January 15 against Michigan, NIU fell 65-60. That following Saturday, the Huskies bested Miami (Ohio), 69-66. On Thursday, January 23, NIU fell to Buffalo, 63-52

Track & Field: NIU travelled to its first event of the new year, the Illini Classic. The Huskies finished third at the event overall out of 10 teams. Next up for the Huskies is the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, held in Madison, Wis. on Saturday, January 25. 

Wrestling: The Huskies have gone 2-1 in recent duals, improving their record to 6-7 on the season overall. On Friday, January 17 at Eastern Michigan, NIU won 24-9. On the following Sunday, January 19, the Huskies were at the Wendy's Duals. They won the first 36-6, but dropped the second 26-11.

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Football: The Huskies traveled to San Diego, Calif. for the Poinsettia Bowl to take on Utah State on December 26. NIU took its second loss of the season in the game, falling 21-14. Overall, the Huskies went 12-2 with a flawless 5-0 record at home. 

Men's Basketball: NIU produced a 3-3 record through six games over the last couple weeks to move to 6-7 on the season. NIU traveled to the east coast to face the then No. 22 UMass. With a short roster, the Huskies fell 80-64. On Wednesday, December 18, they won against Loyola, 55-49. Following the win, they beat UC Riverside on the road, 71-64 on December 22. NIU went to Iowa State on New Years Eve, losing the evening game 99-63. The Huskies proceeded to bounce back with a 65-51 victory at home against Bethune Cookman. On Wednesday, January 8, NIU fell to Buffalo, 67-46

Women's Basketball: After a near two week break from the game, the Huskies traveled to South Dakota State, falling 67-50 in the affair on Tuesday, December 17. On Saturday, December 21, NIU lost a tough match against Northern Iowa in a 66-64 final. On New Years Eve, the Huskies lost a third in a row, this time to Illinois-Chicago by a score of 66-54. In the first game of the new year, on Saturday, January 4, NIU ended the short losing streak with a win at home against Ohio, 74-51. The Huskies are now 5-6 on the season. 

Wrestling: NIU had three events over the last few weeks. To start, the Huskies faced Central Michigan, losing 25-6 in the meet. To end 2013, NIU attended the Midlands Championships on Evanston, Ill. Overall, the Huskies finished 17th out of 47 participating teams. Tyler Argue took eighth place in the 141 pound weight class. On Saturday, January 4, NIU bested SIU Edwardsville to improve to 4-5 on the season, beating the Cougars 33-15. 

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Football: The Huskies took on Bowling Green in the MAC Championship game on Friday. NIU suffered its first loss of the season in the game, losing 47-27. With that, the Huskies fell to 12-1 on the season. On the brighter side of things, the team's bowl game was announced. NIU will face Utah State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 26.

Men's Basketball: NIU grabbed its third win of the season last Thursday, winning 64-57 against Dartmouth. At one point in the game, the Huskies went on a 21-0 run, propelling the team to a first half 11-point lead. NIU stands at 3-4 on the season. The Huskies will face Massachusetts on Saturday, December 14.

Women's Basketball: Northern Illinois was at Illinois State on Thursday, taking on the Redbirds. It was a tight game, and the Huskies won 57-52. It was the first win for the Huskies at Illinois State since 2002. With the win, the team improved to 4-3 on the season. 

Wrestling: The Huskies battled against Cleveland State on Thursday, winning 25-6. NIU was dominant from start to finish, losing only two matches in the entire meet. The 25 team points were built on seven wins by decision and one win by major decision. NIU is now 3-4 this season.

Track & Field: NIU attended the Laker Early Bird on Friday. Several Huskies finished in the top five of their events, and Rebecca Cronin ended up setting a new NIU record in the indoor 600 meter run. Her time of 1:33.35 bested former Huskie Lorene Skipper's mark of 1:35.13, set back in 2004. 

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Football: The Huskies traveled to Toledo for their 11th game of the season on Wednesday, November 20. The team had 364 rushing yards overall, getting 6.6 yards per carry. NIU scored 28 points in the second half to propel the team to a 35-17 victory, remaining undefeated on the year. On Tuesday, November 26, the Huskies played the WMU Broncos, winning 33-14 to stay unbeaten at 12-0. Jordan Lynch ran for 321 yards, breaking his own record for rushing yards by an FBS quarterback in a single game. 

Volleyball: NIU played its final games of the season at the MAC Championship Tournament, making it to the semi-finals before exiting. On Friday, the Huskies beat Bowling Green 3-1 to stay alive. However, on Saturday, they didn't have enough to be Ohio, losing 3-0 in the affair. The Huskies ended their season with a 17-13 record. 

Wrestling: The Huskies hosted the Northern Duals last weekend, but they dropped both of the matches. The first was against Northern Iowa, a 32-6 defeat for the home wrestlers. In the second match, NIU battled North Dakota State. It came down to the heavyweight match, and the Huskies were barely edged there, losing 21-16 overall. 

Men's Basketball: The Huskies improved to 2-3 on the young season with a win vs. St. Joseph's (Ind.) on Sunday. NIU eclipsed 100 points in a game for the first time this season, winning 111-61. Four Huskies recorded double digit figures in scoring. Darrell Bowie produced the first double-double of his career with 23 points and 12 rebounds. 

Women's Basketball: NIU edged out Bradley Thursday, 63-60 to get to 2-2 on the season. The Huskies out-rebounded the Braves 45-43 in the game. NIU was able to force 12 turnovers to frustrate the opposing Brave offense. Amanda Corral led the team in scoring with 17 points. 

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National Coverage for NIU's Big Win

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NIU showed a national audience on ESPN2 and a press box full of media from not only Chicago but the entire nation that the Huskies' 10-0 record and especially quarterback Jordan Lynch, is for real.  The Huskies defeated a Ball State team that came in 9-1 on the year with an ACC win over Virginia under its belt, and a potent passing attack.  See what the national media, as well as Tribune columnist David Haugh, had to say about NIU and Lynch in these stories:

Huskies Live in the Land of Almost
FoxSports.com
 
Northern Illinois Revels in the Right Kind of Exposure
New York Times (Nov. 15, 2013)
 
With lights on, Lynch lights out
Chicago Tribune (Nov. 14, 2013) 
 
Can NIU's Jordan Lynch win your Heisman love
CBSSports.com (Nov. 14, 2013)
 
Jordan Lynch leads Northern Illinois past Ball State
USA Today (Nov. 14, 2013)
 
Lynch, NIU make case with win over Ball St.
ESPN.com (Nov. 14, 2013)
 
Jordan Lynch shines as Northern Illinois continues BCS push
SI.com (Nov. 14, 2013)

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Volleyball: NIU came away with two wins after touring Michigan to end its road schedule of the regular season. The Huskies won both matches. The first was against Central Michigan on Friday, a match in which NIU swept (3-0) the opposing Chippewas. On Saturday, the Huskies took on Eastern Michigan, winning 3-1. NIU is 17-11 on the season with a 9-5 record in the MAC.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies saw their season come to a close after the final game on Saturday. Playing Buffalo at home, the teams ended the match in a 3-3 draw. This was the first and only tie of the season for NIU. The Huskies ended the season with a 4-13-1 overall record. 

Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois' men's basketball team started the season at home against Nebraska-Omaha on Friday, but the team fell in the affair, 68-66. NIU will be hosting an invitational event over the weekend of November 15 to November 17, playing three games over that span. 

Cross Country: The Huskies had their final event at the NIU North 40 this season. The Huskie open was held on Friday, where runners from other universities and the local area were allowed to compete. The results can be found here

Women's Basketball: The Huskies split two games over the week. On the road at Green Bay on Friday, the team had trouble scoring, losing 78-44. At home on Tuesday against Mississippi Valley State, the Huskies rebounded and won 79-60. NIU next plays on Sunday, November 17 at Wisconsin. 

Wrestling: The Huskies traveled to the Michigan State University Open on Saturday. Five Huskies placed in the event, including Nick HarrisonAndrew MorseJordan Northrup, and Tyler Argue. NIU will be at the EMU duals on Saturday, November 16, taking on several teams. 

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Women's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game at home against Lewis, taking a win in the exhibition, 76-72. The Huskies will begin their regular season schedule on Friday, November 8 at Green Bay. They'll face the Phoenix in a game set to begin at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies have played three games over the week. At home, against Milwaukee on Wednesday, October 30, NIU dropped in a 1-0 final. On the following Saturday at Hartwick, NIU went to  overtime against the opposing Hawks, but ended up falling 2-1. Then, on Tuesday, October 5 against Western Michigan, the Huskies fell 2-1 once more. 

Football: The Huskies traveled to the east coast for another MAC affair against the UMass Minutemen. The team improved to 9-0 with a 5-0 conference record as they won 63-19. The 19 points was the second lowest figure that the Huskie defense had held opponents to all season in a single game. 

Women's Soccer: NIU saw its season come to a close with the games over the last week. On Thursday, the Huskies took on Toledo, dropping the rainy affair 2-1. On Sunday, they traveled to Miami (Ohio) for the first round of the MAC Championship Tournament, losing the match 3-0. The Huskies finished the season 6-11-3.

Men's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game against Rockford on Saturday, winning 90-57. The regular season begins on Friday, November 8 against Nebraska Omaha at home. The Huskies will begin with five straight home games, as the team will not travel until November 30 to take on Nebraska. 

Wrestling: Nine Huskie wrestlers placed at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D. on Sunday. Shawn Scott and Jordan Northrup had the best finishes of any Huskie, both taking second in their respective weight class. Next for wrestling is the MSU Open, which will is scheduled for Saturday, November 9.

Cross Country: NIU participated in the MAC Championship Race, finishing 11th overall. Meghan Heuer had the best finish of all Huskie competitors, taking 37th place. On Friday, November 8, the Huskies have their last home event of the cross country season, the Huskie Open. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the NIU North 40. 

Volleyball: The Huskies had two games in the MAC over the last week, winning them both. On Thursday, NIU took on Western Michigan, winning 3-1. On the following Saturday, the Huskies faced Miami (Ohio) and beat the Redhawks, 3-1. NIU is now 15-11 on the season with a 7-5 conference record.

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Women's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game at home against Lewis, taking a win in the exhibition, 76-72. The Huskies will begin their regular season schedule on Friday, November 8 at Green Bay. They'll face the Phoenix in a game set to begin at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer: The Huskies have played three games over the week. At home, against Milwaukee on Wednesday, October 30, NIU dropped in a 1-0 final. On the following Saturday at Hartwick, NIU went to  overtime against the opposing Hawks, but ended up falling 2-1. Then, on Tuesday, October 5 against Western Michigan, the Huskies fell 2-1 once more. 

Football: The Huskies traveled to the east coast for another MAC affair against the UMass Minutemen. The team improved to 9-0 with a 5-0 conference record as they won 63-19. The 19 points was the second lowest figure that the Huskie defense had held opponents to all season in a single game. 

Women's Soccer: NIU saw its season come to a close with the games over the last week. On Thursday, the Huskies took on Toledo, dropping the rainy affair 2-1. On Sunday, they traveled to Miami (Ohio) for the first round of the MAC Championship Tournament, losing the match 3-0. The Huskies finished the season 6-11-3.

Men's Basketball: NIU played a preseason game against Rockford on Saturday, winning 90-57. The regular season begins on Friday, November 8 against Nebraska Omaha at home. The Huskies will begin with five straight home games, as the team will not travel until November 30 to take on Nebraska. 

Wrestling: Nine Huskie wrestlers placed at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D. on Sunday. Shawn Scott and Jordan Northrup had the best finishes of any Huskie, both taking second in their respective weight class. Next for wrestling is the MSU Open, which will is scheduled for Saturday, November 9.

Cross Country: NIU participated in the MAC Championship Race, finishing 11th overall. Meghan Heuer had the best finish of all Huskie competitors, taking 37th place. On Friday, November 8, the Huskies have their last home event of the cross country season, the Huskie Open. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the NIU North 40. 

Volleyball: The Huskies had two games in the MAC over the last week, winning them both. On Thursday, NIU took on Western Michigan, winning 3-1. On the following Saturday, the Huskies faced Miami (Ohio) and beat the Redhawks, 3-1. NIU is now 15-11 on the season with a 7-5 conference record.