March 13, 2007
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PALM BEACH, Fla. - Jesse Seykora continued to swing a red hot bat, belting two home runs while Jordin Hood hit his first collegiate round tripper to lead Northern Illinois to a 6-4 victory over New Jersey Tech. The win was the fourth consecutive for the Huskies (5-4), who have begun their spring break trip 3-0 in the Sunshine State.
"Today was a win and we are happy with that," said head coach Ed Mathey. "It was a hard fought game and New Jersey Tech came out with energy and enthusiasm and made a comeback on us. We had some good defense late and Matt German closed the door for us. Jesse Seykora has been tremendous with the bat and is playing well defensively for us as well."
Seykora's two-run homer in the top of the first put NIU out in front 2-0. In the next frame, the Huskies added two more runs when Daniel Jewett and Jeff Thomas executed a double steal and came around to score on a throwing error on the play.
Hood put NIU ahead 5-0 in the fifth with his first collegiate home run and Seykora led off the sixth with a solo blast, staking the Huskies to a 6-1 advantage.
NJIT rallied and cut the lead to 6-4 with a three-run eighth inning before Seykora's key diving defensive effort resulted in a 5-3 double play that got the Huskies out of the jam.
Matt Jernstad evened his record at 1-1 on the year with a five-inning performance, allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out seven. Closer Matt German notched his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth to preserve the win. Andy Deain pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings for NIU.
The 11-hit Huskie attack was led by Jewett and Seykora, who each totaled three hits in the game. Seykora is now 8-for-13 with three home runs, six RBI and 10 runs scored in three games in Florida.
NIU's fourth consecutive victory puts them above .500 through nine games for the first time since the 2004 season when the Huskies were also 5-4.
The Huskies step away from the Palm Beach Challenge on Wednesday for a single game against Florida Atlantic (15-4) at 6 p.m. in Boca Raton.
HUSKIE TRACKS ...
-NIU's four-game win streak is its longest since winning four straight from April 16-21 last season.
-Daniel Jewett's three hits were a new career-high.
-Matt German has now won or saved 16 of the last 29 Huskie victories over the past two seasons.
-Freshman pitcher Cody Beck made his collegiate debut in relief.