When the Broncos welcomed the Huskies of Northern Illinois to Robert J Bobb stadium this afternoon, they and Seton Hall played the latest home openers in division 1 this year.
The win put the Broncos record at 10-20 on the year, with a MAC record of 3-5. Chris Modrzynski struggled through 3 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned on 6 hits. Will Mullen came on in relief in the 4th inning, pitched through the 8th and the first 3 batters of the 9th, and despite giving up 11 hits and a hit batsman, he didn’t give up a run. After allowing the first three batters of the ninth to load the bases, freshman Dane Ambrustmacher struck out the next two batters before getting NIU first baseman Jacob Larson to ground out to third to end the game.
At the plate, the broncos got another great performance out of Blake Dunn, who continued his incredible season as he reached base safely for the 31st consecutive game, going to for five with a double off the wall in left field, two RBIs and a run scored. First baseman Shawn O’Keefe had a good game as well, with two hits, A Walk, two runs, and an RBI. The Broncos got a pleasant surprise out of Cooper Marshall, batting 8th and playing right field, who got an RBI office sacrifice flying his first that bat then bunted for a single before coming up with runners on 1st and 3rd in the 6th, when a past ball advanced Hajdukovic to second, and Marshall proceeded to ground a ball up the middle into center field for a two RBI single. He ended the game two for three with two runs scored and three RBI.
The Huskies got strong performances out of catcher Jake Dunham, who home right in the second and ended the game 2 for 4, left fielder Brendan Joyce, who went three for five with an RBI, and they also got a strong performance from their eight header, Josh Mutter, who went three for four with two infield singles and a run scored in the game. The Huskies starting pitcher, Erik Hedmark, solid through the first five innings, giving up three runs on six hits. But the sixth inning was rough for Hedmark, is he want two betters in the ending, gave up four more hits, and allowed five runs to score before being pulled with two outs. Canada being charged with the loss the Broncos would go on to win, 9-4. The loss puts the Huskies at 10-23 (6-4 MAC) on the year.
The Broncos and Huskies will play a doubleheader on Saturday as rain looks eminent for Sunday.