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Softball travels to Michigan this weekend

April 5, 2012

NIU Huskies softball teamThe NIU softball team resumes Mid-American Conference play when it travels to Michigan this weekend for series At Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.

The Huskies (13-19, 1-3) will face the Eagles (14-18, 3-1) in doubleheader action on Friday in Ypsilanti, Mich. First pitch of Game One is set for 12 p.m. with Game Two to follow.

Northern Illinois then travels up to Mt. Pleasant, Mich. for single games against Central Michigan (14-13, 1-2) Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s game begins at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s contest is set for 12 p.m. All times listed are Central.

Head coach Lindsay Chouinard and her team are looking to get back on the winning track: The Huskies picked up their first conference win of the season, defeating Ball State, 12-5, last Saturday.

Sandwiched around that win, were a pair of one-run extra inning losses. Despite a disappointing opening weekend, Chouinard knows the Huskies are capable of playing at a high level.

“The reality of it for us is it’s not about winning or losing, it’s just about playing the way we’re capable of playing,” Chouinard said. “The wins will come when we play the way we’re capable of and we’re confident. The reason we didn’t win this past weekend is because at the end of the game we started to doubt ourselves instead of trusting our work, being confident and finishing the game.

“I’d like to us continue to be consistent from the plate, good on defense and the pitching get better.”

NIU will be facing three of the league’s top pitchers this weekend in EMU’s Jenna Ignowski and Lindsay Rich, the reigning MAC West Pitcher of the Week and the Chippewas’ Kara Dornbos. Central Michigan also features this week’s MAC West Player of the Week, CarolAnn Sexauer.

“The MAC has a lot of parity and right now, there are a lot of good pitchers in the conference,” she said. “It’s going to be about who executes.”

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