January 2014 Archives
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.