April 29, 2013
Midweek notes (PDF)
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (18-23) | BRADLEY (14-21) | UIC (19-21)
Tuesday: at Bradley, 6 p.m. Audio | Video | Live Stats | @NIUscores
Wednesday: at Illinois-Chicago, 7 p.m. GameTracker | @NIUscores
NORTHERN ILLINOIS PROJECTED PITCHING ROTATION
Day/Pitcher Last Start
Tuesday: LHP Ben Neumann (0-0) First career start
Wednesday: LHP Bobby Kuntzendorf (1-2) (L at Illinois State 4/9) 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
OPPONENTS PROJECTED PITCHING ROTATION
Tuesday: To be announced
Wednesday: To be announced
• Northern Illinois (13-5) is second in the Mid-American Conference behind Buffalo, with four games in hand on Eastern Michigan (9-8) in the MAC West Division race.
• NIU’s 13-5 start in conference play is the Huskies best eversince joining the MAC in 1998.
• Since starting 2-1 in midweek games, the Huskies are 2-4
• The Huskies are 10-6 in the month of April. NIU was 13-6 in 2011, the best April under Coach Mathey.
TUESDAY’S REVENGE FACTOR
When Northern Illinois and Bradley met earlier this season at Ralph McKinzie Field, April 16, it was not a pretty site for the NIU faithful as the Huskies fell to the Braves 19-0 in seven innings. BU had a hot start in the game, in part to three home runs in the first inning, finishing with five total in the game. The Huskies are looking to even the season’s series with the Braves with southpaw Ben Neumann on the mound.
BAD HOPS? ALL A PART OF THE GAME
In the eighth inning Sunday, with the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first, freshman Tommy Hook hit a first pitch hit-and-run line drive back to pitcher Cory Klenke, a laser that squared off the thigh of Klenke. The ball deflected off Klenke into foul territory on the first base path, where first baseman Kevin Bower collected the ball and tagged out Hook to end the inning. The hit would have tied the game and potentially brought the speedy Jamison Wells home for the lead on the play.
Junior Alex Klonowski was the Huskies go-to-guy in pressure situations in the Miami series as he accounted for the walk-off single in Northern Illinois’ 4-3 victory and hit a two-run single over the shortstop to put NIU within one run in the seventh, 5-4. Klonowski’s only hit of Saturday’s game was the game-winning hit. He finished 6-for-13 (.462) in the series with three RBI and a double, including a 3-for-5 day at the plate Sunday.
GOING THE DISTANCE... TWICE
For the first time since April 2-3, 2010 versus Buffalo, a pair of Northern Illinois pitchers hurled consecutive complete games as freshman Jordan Ruckman and junior Eli Anderson went the distance against Miami (Ohio). On Friday, Ruckman tossed a two-hit complete game to lead NIU to a 3-1 victory, followed up by Anderson’s fifth complete game of the season in Saturday’s 4-3 walk-off victory. Chuck Lukanen (W, 6-1) and Jeremy Gonzales (L, 3-2) went the distance for NIU in 2010.
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS
The Huskies wins in the month of April have fallen like ran drops from the sky as NIU owns an 10-6 this month, Northern Illinois’ first winning month of the season. Nine of the Huskies have come in Mid-American Conference games, putting NIU atop the MAC with Buffalo in the conference standings with four games in hand over Eastern Michigan in the West division standings.
GETTING BACK ON TRACK IN THE MIDWEEK
After opening with a 2-1 mark, Northern Illinois is 2-4 in midweek contests. In Iowa April 24, NIU nearly evened its record to 3-3 those contests, but fell 3-2 to the Hawkeyes. Following their two games this week, the Huskies will close their midweek slate at Milwaukee May 14 for a doubleheader with the Panthers.
In Mid-American Conferfence games, the Huskies have really poured it on their opposition in the fourth through ninth innings, outscoring their foes, 70-42. Impressively, NIU has run up 37 runs to its opponents 20 in the seventh through ninth innings. In the opening third of ball games, Northern Illinois trails its opponents on the scoreboard, 28-27. All-in-all, NIU leading its conference opponents in the runs department, 94-68.
SCOUTING THE BRAVES
Bradley enters the game with NIU at 14-21 overall with a 1-13 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference. BU is 2-3 in its last five games with three-straight losses in its series against Illinois State at Peoria Chiefs Stadium. Last Wednesday, the Braves defeated SIU-Edwardsvilles in a midweek doubleheader, 3-0, 6-5, both seven inning games. Mike Tauchman continues to swing his hot bat with a .416 batting average, with 13 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 36 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
UIC is 19-21 this season with an 8-10 register in Horizon League contests. Much like the Braves, the Flames are coming off a sweep as well as they lost three to UW-Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field last weekend. On April 24, UIC’s lone midweek game, the Flames lost to defending Big Ten champion Purdue, 20-0. Tyler Detmer is the leader in a batting average with a .303 clip, while Alex Grunenwald is the power in the order with seven home runs and 34 RBI.
Northern Illinois hits the road for week 12 of Mid-American Conference play at Toledo, starting May 3. It will be the Huskies second to last MAC road trip of the season before their final home stand versus Eastern Michigan.
The Last Meeting
April 16, 2013
Huskies Strand Six On Base in Midweek Loss to Bradley
The Northern Illinois baseball team (14-20) opened its 10th week of season for a midweek contest with Bradley at Ralph McKinzie Field. The Huskies and Braves finished seven innings of play with Bradley prevailing after 16 hits, 19-0. It was the first home loss for NIU this season ...
The Last Meeting
May 2, 2012
Zimmerman's Six RBI Lead's NIU Past UIC, 11-9
Sophomore Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park, Ill./Victor J. Andrew) hammered two homeruns and drove in six RBI as Northern Illinois clobbered Illinois-Chicago, 11-9. The Huskie pitching staff combined for 13 strikeouts in the game and Kyle Glancy (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) notched his 11th save of the season ...