Huskies Fall 4-1 To Toledo On Senior Day


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05/28/2021 | 2 p.m.

DeKALB, IL The Northern Illinois University baseball team ended the home portion of their 2021 season on Sunday afternoon, falling 4-1 to the Toledo Rockets at Ralph McKinzie Field.

Before the game, the huskies honored the 14 seniors of this year’s team – Ryan Anderson (Palatine, Ill.), Jake Dunham (Plainfield, Ill.), Brendan Joyce (South Elgin, Ill.), Parker Kirkpatrick (Lawrence, Kan.), Jordan Larson (Dodgeville, Wisconsin), Dylan Lonteen (Peoria, Ill.), Matt McCumber (Cary, Ill.), Tristan Michaels (Barrington, Ill.), Jack Phillips (Fishers, Ind.), Wade Rankin (Columbus, Ind.), Alex Rodriguez (Cudahy, Wis.), Elijah Sanchez (Rockford, Ill.), Nate Thomas (South Bend, Ind.) And Paul Turelli (Lake Forest, Ill.) As well as 2020 seniors Blake Walker and manager Alex Rest.

Toledo (23-29, 21-15 MAC) opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Mason Sykes achieved a one-time double and was third on a wild field from Thomas. Darryn Davis drove to Sykes with a groundout Eric Erato (Sussex, Wis./Sussex Hamilton) give the Rockets a 1-0 lead. Toledo threatened to extend the lead in the second and load the bases without outs. Thomas, who started on Senior Day, got out of the traffic jam unscathed with two popouts and a strikeout from Scott Mackiewicz to keep the game 1-0.

The Rockets took a 2-0 lead with an RBI single by Nicky Winterstein. The huskies ran that back in the lower half of the frame. Matt Barnes (Bloomington, Ill./Heartland CC) started with a single, the huskies’ first hit. He reached second base with an overtaken ball and was third after an incorrect throw from Toledo thrower Connor Brandon. Barnes ended his trip around the bases with a 2-1 win on a wild field.

NIU (15-35, 14-22 MAC) had a chance to take the lead at the end of fourth place. The Huskies loaded up the bases on a Dunham single and Lonteen and Larson once-in-a-lifetime walks. Toledo then went to Wyatt Jefferson, who got Barnes to play a double game at the inning end. The Rockets took a 3-1 lead when a Davis double brought Sykes to goal. Jefferson closed the Huskies out from there, throwing 5.2 innings of relief. He allowed four walks but did not allow a hit while recording three strikes. Toledo added an insurance run on the ninth to make the 4-1 bottom line.

“It’s difficult to send your seniors out on that note,” said head coach Mike Kunigonis said. “They fought and fought all day. We had our chances but we couldn’t capitalize. We were a goal or two away from the lead. Nate and Connor did a great job keeping us in the game. We got it just not done. ” do enough offensively for these guys. We will keep fighting and hopefully we guys will win a couple next weekend. “

The huskies were held to two hits that day. Dunham was 3-1 with a walk and two runners were caught stealing. Erato and Joyce both went for a few walks. Thomas spread nine hits over five innings and allowed three runs with two walks and two strikeouts. student in the first year Connor Langreder (West De Pere, Wisconsin / West De Pere) allowed an inexperienced run over the last four innings with two hits with two walks and four swings.

NIU closes the 2021 season on the street in Bowling Green starting Friday, May 28th at 2pm