Northern Illinois overcame two large deficits against Miami (Ohio), sweeping the Redhawks by a 13-11 score.
The Huskies combined for 19 hits in the game, including seven extra base hits and Troy White was 4-for-6 with five RBI, a homerun and two runs.
The Huskies opened the scoring with a single run in the first when Jamison Wells leadoff the game with a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Jones. Miami charged in the bottom of the first with four runs on four hits and three Huskie errors to control a 4-1 lead.
“Obviously it is goal number one to win the series and we haven’t done that in a couple of weeks,” said head coach Ed Mathey. “To do it on the road and to do it in the first two games is big. To get our first sweep of the season is fantastic. I thought we really did a good job of bouncing back with our backs against wall. I’m proud of the courage and fight they showed today”
But as it has been all weekend for NIU, the deficit was not too great as Northern Illinois added another run in the second as Wells hit a hard single to center field to drive in Brett Frantini. The Huskies would draw equal with the Redhawks in the top of the third, starting with Jones’ second triple of the series and White’s RBI single.
White would score following an Alex Klonowski double and a groundout by Alex Beckmann to second base to tie the game, 4-4. Jones gave the Huskies a one run lead in the top of the fourth with a double to score Wells from third and Klonowski cashed-in during the fifth when he crushed his second homerun of the series and gave NIU a 6-4 lead, which increased to 7-5 on a Wells fielder’s choice that scored Frantini.
With pitcher Tony Manville only appearing in the first four innings of the game, senior Tom Barry got himself in a jam by loading the bases, but he silenced MU for only one run to keep the Huskies ahead by two runs. Zach Badgley earned his first win of the season for the Huskies in 1.1 innings pitched.
White hit Northern Illinois’ second home run of the game and fourth of the series with a two run bomb over the left field fence to give the Huskies a 9-5 after six innings. Miami took the lead in the seventh, combining for five runs and 10-5 lead.
Sophomore Jeff Zimmerman had a seven pitch at-bat against Brandon Adkins and singled through the left side on the eighth to score Jones from third and tie the game, 10-10. In the top of the ninth, NIU added three, including the game-winning single by pinch-hitter Connor Duckhorn, and the other two on a White single to left center to increase the lead, 13-10.
Senior Kyle Glancy earned his third save in just as many games, his eighth of the season, for the Huskies 11th win of the season. He totaled one inning, allowing one hit and one run. It was the 20th save of Glancy’s career, the fourth-highest mark in school history.
Northern Illinois will return to the friendly confines of Ralph McKinzie Field next weekend for a three-game series against Toledo, starting Friday, April 20.