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Coach Mathey Featured on Rawlings Video

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Mathey.jpegA few months back, NIU baseball head coach Ed Mathey spoke on camera to Rawlings about the importance of coaches at the Division I level.  Click here to view the video that is featured on Rawlings' Facebook page.  His part is near the end from about 1:43-2:06.

NIU Baseball Highlights on WREX TV

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Missed some of the last weekend's action as NIU baseball grabbed first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division with a 2-1 series win over Toledo?  Don't worry, Jude Wilbers, from WREX Channel 13 in Rockford, was there to get highlights of Game One.  For video of the exciting 4-3 walk-off Huskie win, click here.

Get to Know NIU Pitching Coach Ray Napientek a Little Better

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RayNap.jpegAssistant coach Ray Napientek has been handling Ed Mathey's pitching staff for five years.  During his experience, he has developed a knack for how to handle each pitcher and pitching staff differently.  Yesterday, the Northern Star's Andrew Singer chatted with the Huskie pitching coach to find out what his secrets to success are.  Click here to read.

Ralph McKinzie Field's Facelift

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The Ralph.jpegIf you have been out to Ralph McKinzie Field this season, you may have noticed some changes.  If you haven't been out to "The Ralph" yet, there have been some changes, and the field is looking as sharp as ever.  Since being built in 1965, the field has gone through several modifications.  The latest upgrade improved the warning track, infield, bullpen, mound and home plate ring, among other smaller changes.  For more info and pictures of the improvements, check out this page done by the Midwest Athletic Fields, the company that worked on the field during the fall and winter months.

Midseason Update on New NCAA Bat Performance

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Prior to the 2011 baseball season, the NCAA mandated new regulations for the metal bats used during games, focusing on slowing down the ball's exit speed off the barrel.  With the bats expected to perform more like wood than metal, the NCAA baseball community figured to see a change from a high-powered offensive game to an execution-and-defense-oriented game.  A little over halfway through the season, the Northern Star's Andrew Singer caught up with some of the Huskies to get an update on how the new bats have changed the game.  Click here to read Singer's article.