Northern Illinois Holds on For 5-4 Victory at Iowa

GO HUSKIES Pat Minogue had three hits at Iowa to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Pat Minogue had three hits at Iowa to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

March 26, 2008

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Northern Illinois raced out to a 5-2 lead and held on for a 5-4 victory Wednesday afternoon at Iowa. The win improved the Huskies record to 9-11 on the season and 8-5 on the road.

"To be a Big Ten team is a good feather in our cap," said head coach Ed Mathey. "Dave Reynolds did another fine job for us on the mound today and we got out to a fast start offensively."

The Huskies went ahead early when Dave Reynolds (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) singled home Bobby Stevens (Chicago, Ill./Guerin Prep), who had led off the game with a double off the left field fence, in the top of the first.

NIU took a 3-0 advantage in the third on a sacrifice fly by Jordin Hood (Hawthorn Woods, Ill/Lake Zurich) that scored Pat Minogue (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) and a bases-loaded walk that plated Stevens.

After a two-run double by Justin Toole drew Iowa within a run in the third, the Huskies scored twice in the fourth to make it 5-2.

Joe Etcheverry (Bakersfield, Calif./Centennial) led off the inning with a double and eventually came in the score on a wild pitch and Jeff Thomas (Loves Park, Ill./Harlem) delivered a ringing hit to right center that scored Stevens.

Toole trimmed the Huskie lead back to one in the seventh with a RBI single.

Iowa threatened in the ninth, placing the tying run 90 feet away and the winning run at first before Andy Deain (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) closed it out for his second save of the season.

Reynolds (2-0) notched his second victory in as many starts going 5.2 innings while scattering seven hits and three earned runs along with six strikeouts.

Starter Zach Kenyon (0-1) took the loss for the Hawkeyes (7-9).

Stevens scored three runs and Minogue collected three hits to pace the Huskie offense.

Northern Illinois returns to MAC play this weekend with a three-game series at Bowling Green starting Friday afternoon in Ohio.

-Dave Reynolds recorded a career-high six strikeouts and eclipsed his previous season total entering the game.
-Ed Mathey improved his record to 7-5 against Big Ten opponents.
-Pat Minogue tied his season-high with three hits while extending his hitting streak to eight games.
-Danny Reed's career-best hitting streak ended at 17 games, the second longest on record at NIU. He has hit safely in 18 of 20 games this season.




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