April 1, 2011
Game One Box Score in PDF Format
Game Two Box Score in PDF Format
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University freshman Stephanie Tofft extended her hitting streak to a school record 16 games as the Huskies split their doubleheader with Eastern Michigan Friday afternoon at Mary M. Bell Field.
Tofft, who tied the mark with a single to left field in the first game, kept the streak alive with a single to right in her final at bat of Game Two. The freshman from Lincoln, Calif. went 3-for-7 on the day with an RBI and run scored. Julie Stopka and Jill Justin previously held the NIU record with a 15-game hitting streak. Justin established the record in 1987 with Stopka last accomplishing the feat in 1997.
"Steph's an amazingly calm hitter," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "She never really gets rattled even if she has a bad at bat, a couple bad swings in an at bat. She never flounders and never loses her confidence."
The Huskies (11-15, 1-1) won the first game, the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams, 8-6. NIU pounded out 12 hits and were aided by four Eastern Michigan (14-6, 1-1) errors to win its first MAC opener since 2009.
Northern Illinois jumped on top of the Eagles early with a three-run first inning to take a 3-0 lead. EMU answered with a run in the top of the second and another in the top of the third and the Huskies responded with a run in the bottom of the second and one in the bottom of the fifth to lead 5-2.
The Eagles mounted a rally in the top of the sixth with a two-run homer to right field to cut the deficit to 5-4. Northern Illinois added some insurance runs with a three spot in the bottom of the sixth to regain its three-run advantage. Those runs would be key as EMU would add two runs to cut the lead to two but that would be as close as the Eagles would get.
Adriana Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) and Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led the way for NIU in the victory. Colosimo was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, while Sanchez was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Alexandra Wulbecker (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) continues to contribute offensively going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) picked up the win, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits in four innings pitched. Freshman Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) picked up her first collegiate save.
Eastern Michigan won the nightcap, 10-1.
"We did a good job of defending [the ball] and hitting when it mattered in the first game," said Chouinard. "We didn't get that timely hitting in the second game.
"We didn't beat Eastern last year, so 1-1 against them this year is better. We would have liked to have had two, but getting a win on the first day is really important."
NIU is back on the field Saturday when the Huskies host Central Michigan in a doubleheader. First pitch for Game One is scheduled for 2 p.m. Central Time. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at NIUHuskies.com.