April 24, 2007
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CHICAGO, Ill. - Northern Illinois scored all four of its runs in the second inning and posted a 4-3 victory over Illinois-Chicago in a game shortened to eight innings by rain Tuesday night at Les Miller Field. With the win, head coach Ed Mathey moved into third-place on the NIU career victory list with 126 and improved the Huskies to 21-16.
"I am real proud of how our guys responded after a tough week last week," said Mathey. "Brandon Copp bounced back nicely on the mound, we played well defensively and we got some things going at the plate. UIC is a good opponent and it is nice to go on the road and get a win."
UIC opened the scoring with a pair of first inning tallies on a RBI groundout by Micky Pingree and a RBI single from David Cales.
The Huskies responded in their ensuing at-bat by striking for four runs. Jeff Thomas delivered a RBI single that scored Scott Simon for NIU first run of the night. With the bases loaded, Daniel Jewett was hit by pitch allowing Danny Reed to cross the plate and knot the game at two. Pat Minogue then belted a single down the left field line to score Thomas and Marc Besteman and stake the Huskies to a 4-2 advantage.
From there, Copp extinguished the Flames by holding the home team hitless over his final four innings of work before giving way to Mark Badgley, who went two innings and yielded one unearned run with three strikeouts.
UIC got within 4-3 in the sixth when Cales doubled home Larry Gempp, Jr. but could draw no closer.
Andy Deain tossed a perfect eighth to earn his first career save before the game was called because of rain.
Copp (3-2) picked up the win for NIU, going 5.0 innings with four hits and two earned runs, all of which came in the first. Grant Kohlsteadt (1-1) took the loss for UIC (20-15).
Minogue led the Huskies with three hits while Simon added two.
NIU begins a five-game homestand with a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 2 p.m. The Huskies host MAC leader Eastern Michigan in a three-game weekend series beginning Friday.
HUSKIE TRACKS ...
-Ed Mathey is now tied for third on the NIU career wins list with George Evans and is seven wins from second place.
-The Huskies are 37-18 against Illinois opponents under Mathey.
-Brandon Copp is 3-0 in non-conference starts this season and 5-0 in his career.
-NIU leads the all-time series with UIC 25-23 and has won the last two meetings.
-The Huskies last rain-shortened game came May 13, 2006, a 4-0, seven-inning loss to Ball State in DeKalb.