April 6, 2007
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KENT, Ohio - Despite frigid conditions, Trevor Feeney and Northern Illinois stayed red hot as the Huskies blanked Kent State 2-0 Friday afternoon. NIU, winners of 10 of its last 12, continue to sit atop the MAC's West Division and the 16-9 overall and 6-1 conference records mark the best start under head coach Ed Mathey.
"Trevor was simply outstanding for us today," said Mathey. "He had command of all four his pitches and his performance was really something to watch. I could not ask for anything more from a starting pitcher and am very proud of his effort. Matt German came in and did his job to finish the game off for us in what was a great performance by both of our pitchers."
Feeney was the story of the game, recording his third consecutive victory and coming two outs from a third straight complete game effort, all in conference play. The righthander tossed 8.1 shutout innings, fanned a career-high 12 hitters without issuing a walk until the ninth, and allowed just six hits on the afternoon. Feeney's strikeout total equaled the second-highest on record at NIU.
German came on with the tying run at the plate and struck out the final two outs to preserve the first Huskie shutout of the year while earning his fourth save of the season.
NIU got on the scoreboard first with a run in the second inning. Scott Simon doubled and eventually came around to score when Jordin Hood reached on a fielder's choice.
Simon double and scored again, this time on a RBI single by Danny Reed
in the fourth, to stake the Huskies to a 2-0 lead.
Simon, Reed and Matt Behren each led the Huskie offense with two hits apiece.
Evan Smith (2-2) was the hard-luck loser for KSU (11-18, 3-4), despite allowing just one earned run in 5.1 innings.
Friday's game time temperature was announced as 29 degrees and the contest was delayed three times by snow.
The Huskies and Golden Flashes continue their weekend series Saturday with first pitch at Schoonover Stadium slated for noon CDT.
HUSKIE TRACKS ...
-The Huskies recorded their first shutout since an 8-0 blanking of Southern Illinois on March 4, 2006.
-Trevor Feeney improved to 3-0 in the MAC and has struck out 20 hitters against just two walks in 26.1 innings.
-Feeney's 12 strikeouts were the most by a NIU pitcher since Mark Skrukrud recorded a dozen K's vs. Buffalo on May 12, 2002. The only higher strikeout total on record is 15 by Jesse Richardson in 1995.
-Matt German has won or saved 20 of last 40 NIU victories over the past two seasons.
-Scott Simon moved into fifth-place on the NIU career scoring list with 130 runs.
-Bobby Stevens is 13-for-13 in stolen bases this season and swiped his 30th career bag on Friday to move into sole possession of eighth place on the NIU career list.