Game 18: Bradley 5 (9-9), NIU 4 (7-11)
Jr. LHP Brandon Copp went 7 innings and had a pretty good stat line of 6 hits, 4 ER, 2 BBs and 4 Ks. The 2 errors in the 2nd inning by Stevens and Kamin didn't help the Huskies secure this victory. Ironic how they were the top 2 offensive performers. The wind was blowing out in this game and there should have been more offensive production by the rest of the Huskies.
2B Tim Kamin - 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run
SS Bobby Stevens - 2 for 3 with a HR, a walk, an RBI, 2 runs and a stolen base
Game 19: Bradley 6 (9-10), NIU 11 (8-11)
Freshman righty Tom Zelasko made his first career start, but couldn't manage to retire one batter, giving up 5 hits, 5 ER, while walking one guy. RHP Dan Atkenson (my favorite player) came in as the hero and threw a complete game, while he is usually the closer. Nice all around offensive game from the Huskies. 1B Dave Reynolds and RF Danny Reed had a collective 5 RBIs off of their 2 home runs. Everybody on the team got on base except for freshman catcher Sam Kapacinskas, who struck out 3 times.
2B Joe Buonavolanto - 2 for 3 with 2 HRs, 3 RBIs and 2 runs
RHP Dan Atkenson - 7 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB and 8 Ks
SS Bobby Stevens - 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run
Game 20: NIU 5 (9-11), Iowa 4 (7-9)
In an excellent matchup against a big 10 team, NIU managed to get up early 5-2 lead against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Dave Reynolds was the do-it-all man pitching a great game and scoring 2 RBIs. This game did end Danny Reed's 17-game hitting streak, which is the 2nd longest in NIU history.
HC Ed Mathey says it best:
"To beat a Big 10 team is a good feather in our cap"
LHP Dave Reynolds on the mound - 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BBs and 6 Ks
Dave Reynolds in the batters box - 1 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBIs
RHP Andy Deain - 2 IP, 1 hit, 1 BB and 3 K's
CF Pat Minogue - 3 for 3 with a double, a sac hit and a run
SS Bobby Stevens - 1 for 4 with a double, a walk and 3 runs