April 14, 2007
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DeKALB, Ill. - Reigning MAC Player of the Week Jordin Hood delivered a two out two-run single in the sixth inning and closer Matt German set a new school record for saves as Northern Illinois posted a 4-3 victory over Miami Saturday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field. The Huskies improve to 19-11 overall and 8-3 in the MAC as the RedHawks, who lead the MAC East Division, fall to 18-11, 7-2.
"I was anxious to see how our guys responded to losing the first game of a MAC series since that had not happened to us this season," said head coach Ed Mathey. "Today was a great win for us over a very good ballclub. We showed resiliency and fought back to regain the lead against a tremendous pitcher."
NIU got on the board first with a run in the second when Hood reached on a fielder's choice that scored Scott Simon, who had reached on an error. Hood later gave the Huskies their first hit of the afternoon, with a leadoff single in the fifth.
The RedHawks claimed a 3-1 lead in the sixth behind RBI singles from Chris Nadeau, Jeff Carroll and J.D. Mynhier.
The Huskies responded promptly with three tallies of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Jeff Thomas led off with an infield single ahead of Bobby Stevens' single to right. Simon delivered a RBI single that scored Thomas and once aboard, stole second base. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Hood singled to center to score both Stevens and Simon and give the Huskies a 4-3 lead.
(4-2) notched the victory with two innings of relief, fanning three. Matt German
came on and retired the final four outs of the game, two by strikeout, for his seventh save of the year and the 20th of his career, eclipsing the NIU record set by Badgley.
Starting pitchers Brandon Copp, who took the no-decision despite setting a career high with six strikeouts while yielding just two earned runs over 5.2 innings, and Miami's Connor Graham (3-2), who took the loss after going 7.2 innings with five hits, three earned runs and eight strikeouts, were locked into a pitching duel for most of the game.
Hood completed the afternoon 2-for-3 with three RBI while Simon led NIU with two runs scored.
The rubber game of the three-game set is slated for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
HUSKIE TRACKS ...
-Matt German has won or saved 23 of the past 43 NIU victories during 2006-07 and 18 of his 20 saves have coming during that span. He owns a 0.37 ERA this season.
-With three RBI, Jordin Hood equaled his career high that was set twice previously. Two of his three RBI games have come on the past two Saturdays (April 14 vs. Miami and April 7 at Kent State).
-Danny Reed extended his hitting streak to eight consecutive games.
-Brandon Copp's career high six strikeouts surpassed his previous total of five set March 31, 2007 at Akron.
-NIU is now 5-1 at home in 2007 and 57-32-1 (.639) at Ralph McKinzie Field since 2003.
-The Huskies are 6-2 in Saturday games this season.