March 28, 2007
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PEORIA, Ill. - Despite a late rally, Northern Illinois was unable to complete a doubleheader sweep at Bradley, dropping a 5-4 decision Tuesday night at O'Brien Field. The loss ends the Huskies win streak at six games, which was the longest under Ed Mathey. NIU is now 12-8 while the Braves own an 11-8 mark.
Bradley opened the scoring with a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Eigsti. The Braves went up 2-0 with a run in the third on Mike McMillan's RBI single to right and in the fourth, Brad Jones singled home a third Bradley run of the contest.
The Braves extended their lead to 5-0 in the fifth on a RBI single by Colby Luttrell and a pinch hit RBI single by Justin Carr.
NIU got its first run of the game in the sixth when Jeff Thomas singled home Matt Behren, who came around after reaching on a walk. Two batters later and with the bases loaded, Jesse Seykora sliced a three-run double down the right field line to bring the Huskies within a run at 5-4.
Adam Holdenrid (0-1) took the loss before giving way to Brett Kellam, who went unscored upon in relief. BU's Ramie Hamdan (1-0) picked up the win.
Danny Reed's hit streak ended at 15 games, equaling the longest streak on record at NIU, equaling marks set by Chuck Laird (1997), Rob Marconi (2003) and Joe Mazzuca (2003).
The Huskies return to action with the first of three-game conference series Friday afternoon at Akron.
HUSKIE TRACKS ...
-Freshman Anthony Maziur made his first collegiate start.
-The Huskies were held to their lowest hit total of the season and fewest since April 30, 2006 at Eastern Michigan.
-NIU is 3-3 against Illinois schools this season and 34-17 (.667) against intrastate foes under Ed Mathey.