March 15, 2008
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DALLAS, Texas - Ed Mathey notched his 143rd victory as Northern Illinois head coach, tying him for the highest win total in school history, as the Huskies ended their spring trip with a 10-2 rout of Dallas Baptist Saturday afternoon at Patriot Field.
NIU, who recorded its highest run total of the year, improved to 4-10 on the season while the Patriots, who received votes in this week's NCBWA poll, fell to 11-5.
Senior Adam Holdenrid (Mendota, Ill./Mendota) worked 7.0 innings and limited Dallas Baptist to just two earned runs while improving to 2-1 on the season. Dave Reynolds (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and Andy Deain (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) combined to shutout the Patriots over the final two innings.
"Adam was very effective, threw a lot of strikes, scattered hits and gave us a solid performance today," said Mathey. "Offensively we had a great approach and adjusted to the conditions with the wind blowing to the right and were able to use the whole field. We ran the bases well and played solid defense without any errors today."
The Huskies raced out to 5-0 lead after the first two innings. In the first inning, NIU loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single by Jordin Hood (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) before Danny Reed (Lindstrom, Minn./North Iowa Area CC) drove in three on a bases-loaded triple. In the next frame, Bobby Stevens (Chicago, Ill./Guerin Prep) and Pat Minogue (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) scored on a ground ball by Hood that resulted in a throwing error.
Joe Buonavolanto (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South) extended the Huskie lead to 6-0 with a third inning sacrifice fly.
After DBU got on the board with a run in the fourth, NIU added a pair of runs in the sixth to go up 8-1 as Brian Smith (Chicago Ridge, Ill./Richards) scored on a Bobby Stevens (Chicago, Ill./Guerin Prep) RBI groundout and Jeff Thomas' RBI single plated Buonavolanto.
Up 8-2, the Huskies capped their scoring with a pair of runs in the eighth. With Pat Minogue (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) on third after a triple, a throwing error on a ground ball by Stevens allowed him to score. Later in the frame, Thomas also came across on a throwing error for NIU's tenth run of the game.
Reed drove in three runs and Stevens two while Dave Reynolds (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led the Huskies with three hits. Thomas, Smith, Reed and Minogue each had two hits apiece in the Huskies 14-hit attack.
"We knew going into the season that this was going to be a tough trip against some very good teams and the travel from city to city makes it a bit more difficult, but our kids brought a good approach," added Mathey. "We learned a lot about ourselves and the types of quality teams we played put premium on our execution and that will only help us the rest of the season."
NIU begins the "northern" portion of its schedule Tuesday with a game against Chicago State and opens Mid-American Conference play next weekend at Buffalo.
-Ed Mathey is now tied with Spanky McFarland atop the NIU career victories list with 143 wins.
-Danny Reed extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tying Jeff Thomas for the longest this season.
-NIU improved to 3-1 on Saturdays and its 14 hits were the most in a nine-inning game this season.
-The Huskies have scored in the first inning in four consecutive games and seven of the last eight contests.
-Andy Deain moved into sole possession of eighth place on the NIU career appearances list with his 64th game.