April 15, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio) played a thriller in game one of their doubleheader, as the Huskies scattered 15 hits and defeated the Redhawks to clinch the series, 7-5.
"I'm proud of the guys' effort today, it was a good game," said Head Coach Ed Mathey. "The wind was blowing out pretty good today and it was definitely a hitters wind, but I tell you what, there wasn't a walk in game one and that's a compliment to both pitching staffs and the coaches to be able to compete in the zone like that."
Jamison Wells blazed his way to first base in the opening stanza, laying down a bunt halfway between the pitcher and the third basemen. The pitcher collected the ball and hurried his throw and advanced Wells to second on error. Jordan Huffman advanced Wells to third on a groundout and Alex Jones scored the Huskies' center fielder to give NIU a 1-0 lead.
The bats awoke again in the top of the fourth inning as Troy White singled up the middle and advanced to third on a Jeff Zimmerman double to the left centerfield gap. Alex Klonowski singled when he hit a ball back to the mound and off pitcher Shawn Marquardt's shin to score White.
Alex Beckmann towered a fly ball to left field and sacrificed to score Zimmerman and lift the Huskies 3-0 over the Redhawks. With Klonowski on second base after stealing the bag, Brett Frantini hit the Huskies second homerun of the series over the left field wall and increased NIU's lead, 5-0.
The Redhawks came storming back in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring five runs on six hits and one error to deadlock the contest 5-5. Frantini would recapture the NIU lead, starting the inning with a single and scoring on Jones single to right field to give the Huskies the 6-5 lead.
Hermsen got into a jam in the bottom half of the inning as MU doubled to lead the inning and sacrificed the runner over third. The New London, Wis. native struck out Ryan Brenner looking and Beckmann jumped to save a line drive from scoring the runner and retained the Huskies lead. White drove in an insurance run in the top of the ninth when he grounded out to second base and scored Jones, following his second triple of the season and the 13th of his career.
Miami made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth with the top of their order up and Kyle Glancy on the mound for NIU. The first two batters recorded outs, but recorded back-to-back singles and a stolen base to put runners at second and third. But Huffman came up big defensively at the end of game to snag a line drive and close the Huskies 10th win of the season. Huffman recorded six assists and three putouts in the game, including a spectacular diving catch down the right field line in the fourth inning.
Hermsen finished the game with eight innings pitched and a count of 116, 76 for strike, to earn his third win of the season. He struck out three batters, walked zero and of the five runs he surrendered in the game, only one was earned.
Despite both teams combining for 28 hits, neither team recorded a walk in the game ... Kyle Glancy recorded his second save in just as many games to increase his total seven in 2012 ... Troy White finished game one 3-for-5 with a run, an RBI and a double at the plate on Jackie Robinson Day. White is a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar and attended the JRF Awards Banquet in New York City at the beginning of March, hosted by Bill Cosby.