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Baseball to face E. Michigan in MAC Tournament

May 23, 2011

NIU Huskies baseball teamNo. 4-seeded Northern Illinois will face No. 5-seeded Eastern Michigan at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, to open up the 2011 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament.

The tournament will be held at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Making their first tournament appearance since 2008, the Huskies (29-25, 16-11 MAC) tied two more program-best accomplishments from that year: finishing second in the MAC West Division and grabbing the fourth seed in the league tournament.

Overcoming a 0-10 start to the year, the 29-win season thus far is tied for the fourth highest single season win total in program history. NIU’s 16 MAC wins tied a program record.

In the season series, the Huskies took two of three from EMU (34-20, 16-11 MAC) in Ypsilanti, Mich., from May 6 to May 8.

NIU bookended the three-game set with a 4-3 win in Game One and 2-1 win in Game Three. The Eagles took Game Two in a 1-0 decision. Entering the series, EMU had the nation’s longest winning streak (11) and was hitting over .300. The Huskie staff caged the Eagles by posting a 1.37 ERA, allowing just five runs (four earned) on 14 hits and eight walks with 17 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.

Live stats and video for each game of the tournament will be available on MAC-Sports.com.

For more information on NIU baseball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.