May 16, 2007
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GENEVA, Ill. - Northern Illinois notched its 31st win of the season, equaling the second-best mark in school history, with a 7-4 victory over Eastern Illinois Wednesday afternoon at Elfstrom Stadium, home of the Class A Kane County Cougars. The Huskies improved to 31-20 on the year.
Adam Holdenrid (1-2) earned his first collegiate victory and Pat Minogue had three hits and two RBI in the contest.
"We wanted to finish strong in state and it was important to defend our home away from home at Kane County," said head coach Ed Mathey. "I am real happy for Adam after fighting back from adversity from injuries and being able to get the win."
EIU got on the board in the top of the second when Jordan Kreke doubled home Ryan Campbell, who led off with a walk for a 1-0 lead.
The Panthers added a run in the third when Erik Huber tripled and was singled home by Mark Chagnon to make it 2-0.
Pat Minogue drew the Huskies even in bottom of the fifth when he drilled a two-out, two-strike offering into left field with the bases loaded to score Danny Reed and Tim Ryan and knot the game at two.
The Huskies took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when Matt Behren's RBI single to left scored scored Anthony Maziur, who was pinch running for Scott Simon following a single earlier in the frame.
NIU added pair of runs in the seventh when Daniel Jewett
singled and eventually came around to score from third on a sacrifice fly by Jordin Hood
. Reed then singled home Jesse Seykora
, who had reached on a triple, for a 5-2 Huskie advantage.
Tim Kamin provided insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth with a pinch-hit single to left that scored Marc Besteman and Minogue for a 7-2 lead.
EIU got back within three at 7-4 in the ninth when Erik Huber hit a two-run home run to center field.
Holdenrid went 6.2 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs with two strikeouts for the win ahead of hitless relief outings by Brett Kellam and Andy Deain. Simon and Reed each had a pair of hits in the contest.
Tyler Brandon (2-4) took the loss for the Panthers (20-28).
NIU moves on to Toledo to close out the regular season with a three-game series against the Rockets beginning Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. CDT.
HUSKIE TRACKS ...
-NIU's 31st victory equals the school's second-highest season total set in 2004.
-The Huskies improved to 9-3 against Division I intrastate foes this season and 40-18 vs. Illinois opposition under Ed Mathey.
-NIU has posted double-digit hit totals in six of the last seven games.
-Scott Simon has hit safely in his last seven games with his 21st multi-hit outing of the year.
-The Huskies are 3-0 in games at Elfstrom Stadium.
-NIU owns a 9-2 record in games during the month of May.