The Northern Illinois baseball team swung hot bats, combining for 12 hits and 10 runs, but it wasn’t enough for the Huskies as they fell to Ohio, 19-10.
NIU falls to 2-7 in Mid-American Conference play.
“We swung the bats better today and 10 runs is going to win you a lot of ball games most of the time but they swung their bats a lot better than us,” said head coach Ed Mathey.
“We started to mount a little bit of a charge in the middle innings, but when you give up one or two here and there, it just makes it that much more tougher emotionally. We need to keep working and we need to start getting done what we need to get done. We just have to start playing better baseball.”
Ohio totaled 19 runs and 19 hits in the ball game and committed an astonishing six errors in the field, including three from Bobcat shortstop Garrett Black. They posted five runs in the third and seventh innings and also rattled off four in the fourth.
The Huskies got their first run of the game in the second inning with runners on first and second on an Alex Jones single up the middle, scoring Alex Beckmann (Batavia, Ill.) who walked at the start of the inning to make it a 2-1 game. Ohio would increase its lead to 11-1 at the middle of the fourth inning.
Northern Illinois would then round three runners to cut the lead to 11-4 on three hits and an error. Connor Duckhorn stepped in as a pinch hitter in the inning and singled to center field to score Beckmann from third. Jordan Huffman doubled to drive in Duckhorn and Brett Frantini.
NIU would then add a run an inning to their tally and trailed 17-7 after seven innings.
Pitcher Kyle Glancy would blank Ohio in the eighth inning on the mound, forcing three pop outs in the swirling DeKalb winds and gave way to Kevin Sweeney in the ninth who made his collegiate debut for NIU. Sweeney surrendered two hits and two runs in his opener.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Huskies continued to fight as Jordan Rishavy singled and Connor Schomig doubled down the left field line to get the rally started. Joe Battaglia would score Rishavy when he lined a ball off the glove of the third basemen, forcing an error and reaching base. Jones tallied his second RBI of the game on a single to score Schomig, followed by Huffman’s second RBI to score Battaglia.
Beckmann finished the the day 2-for-4 and was a Huskie-best 5-for-10 in the series versus Ohio. Troy White extended his hitting-streak to 13 games against the Bobcats with an RBI single in the sixth inning.
Northern Illinois will play a midweek tilt Tuesday, April 10, when it hosts Illinois State at 3:05 p.m., its final home game of an eight-game stretch at Ralph McKinzie Field.
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