BASEBALL HEADS TO "THE ROCK"
The Northern Illinois baseball team will take a break from Mid-American Conference play Tuesday, when the Huskies travel to Road Ranger Stadium in Rockford, Ill., to take on Milwaukee beginning at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first NCAA Division I game at the three-year-old stadium and the first game in Rockford for the NIU baseball program. Admission is $5 with tickets only available on a walk-up basis. There will be no presale tickets.
The Huskies and Panthers have already met three times this year with UW-Milwaukee holding a 2-1 edge after sweeping a doubleheader (5-2, 6-4) on April 28 in Milwaukee behind a pair of late three-run home runs, one by Tim Patzman in game one and the other by Paul Hoenecke in game two. The Huskies got their win against the Panthers on April 1 in a 5-3 decision with strong performances from lefty Tom Barry and shortstop Alex Jones. Barry earned his second win of the year, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings, while Jones went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.
Word around here is that the Saints have signed former NIU wide receiver Matt Simon. Stay tuned to NIUHuskies.com for more details later today.
INAUGURAL HUSKIE OPEN A SUCCESS
The Northern Illinois track and field team hosted its first home meet in 27 years, officially opening the new NIU Track & Field and Soccer Complex, Saturday. Though it was a small meet, with just the Huskies and Augustana, it was a big success! For the seniors, it fulfilled the dream they've worked toward for four years. In a lot of ways, it was like the moon landing in '69. One small step for track and field, one giant leap for Northern Illinois Track and Field.
For complete coverage, check out The DeKalb Daily Chronicle's recap, the story from NIUHuskies.com, this photo gallery from the event, and the complete results.
SOFTBALL WRAPS SEASON
The Northern Illinois softball season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Miami (OH) (box score) in the semifinals. There were three teams alive after NIU, so the word is the team finished fourth in the 2009 MAC Softball Tournament. After the tournament, sophomore Andrea Colosimo was named to the MAC All-Tournament team.
PAPER OR PLASTIC? NEITHER. GO GREEN!
The Huskie Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is partnering with all the other schools in the MAC for a "Go Green" initiative. Northern Illinois' part was to collect plastic bags for recycling. Each NIU team competed to see who can collect the most. NIU officials (interns) are counting the bags now to find out who won.
The big lesson from bag drive: don't just throw your bags away! Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber but can also be reprocessed into small pellets, or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets, containers, crates, and pipe.
Another SAAC note, the 2009-10 Executive Board Members are set. They are:
Brian Smith, President (Baseball)
Dave Reynolds, Vice-President (Baseball)
Brooke Forsberg, Secretary (Women's Tennis)
Mary Bull, Treasurer & Athletic Board Rep (Track & Field)
Kaylee Walters, Director of Communication, (Track & Field)
Patricia Bautista, Challenge of Champions Director, (Track & Field)
Mauvolyene Adams, Athletic Board Representative (Women's Basketball)
In addition, Rachel Pinson (Track & Field) will serve as the CHAMPS-SAAC liason.